Comic “Events” Question

Hey Scott,

Wrote you a year and a half ago, as an adult who had never read a comicbook but had become interested in that world, basically through the MCU.  I had asked you (and the Doomers) where to start as a comicbook first timer.  The input was great…

My next question concerns comic event/crossovers.  What are your favorites?  Let's say…your Top 10.  Love to put it out there for the Blog for their input also…

Thanks,
Eric

​Well, most of my choices would be pretty DC-centric since that's all I read until the late 90s.  For me, Crisis on Infinite Earths is still the biggest and best, one of the few where it promised that everything would change and effects would be lasting, and it delivered.  Plus it let George Perez draw millions of heroes in super-detailed group shots over and over.  ​On the Marvel side, I'd probably go with Age of Apocalypse, which was actually my introduction to the X-Men comics in general and was a pretty entertaining series of books on their own.  I'm a sucker for alternate-reality stuff anyway.  DC's version of the same concept, Flashpoint, was a really pale imitation and pretty much represented all the worst instincts of Geoff Johns allowed to run wild.  Flash was the savior of the universe, people died violently for no reason, people turned grim and gritty all over the place, the story made no sense and built to a payoff that made even less sense, etc.  I still kind of liked it and bought the trade, but clearly the Batman spinoff was the best thing about it.  Zero Hour seemed OK at the time, but MAN did that one not age well.  The story is complete nonsense (like, literally, major events occur in the story that make no logical sense) and Dan Jurgens is the most generic writer possible.  
We'll throw this one out to the floor for further discussion.  

Comic plug


Hey Scott long time reader etc etc. Wondering if you could give a plug to a new comic website that focuses on the investing and speculation market. Even has a top ten like the old Wizard Magazine. Check it out http://comicbookinvest.com
​I didn't even know there WAS still a speculation market.  I thought Warner and Disney pretty much considered the comic divisions to be throwaway IP development at this point. ​

You still do comic news right?


​Rock was BORN to play Black Adam, not Shazam.  The main hero should be, like, a younger Michael Cera saying the magic word and turning into Mark Wahlberg or something.  ​
Also, I'd like to think Rock is smart enough not to jump on the trainwreck that is DC's movie division right now.  He should be fucking NAMOR, man!  It's been rumored for YEARS.  
Also, I finally watched Pain & Gain on Netflix tonight, and wrestling fans from the 90s will eat it up because it just nails ALL the details of douchebag weightlifters from the time period.  Plus Rock throws a weight at Kurt Angle's head in jail, so there's that.  It's long but REALLY good.  

QOTD 146: Comic Book / Graphic Novel appreciation thread!

Shut Up, I though it was a good book.

Hey lets talk about comics some more! As previously stated I’m a casual / esoteric buyer, who spent three years living with a buddy who had a MASSIVE collection of DC stuff from weird periods of time.

So I read a lot of Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, All-Star Batman & Robin (good grief!), All Star Superman (So good!), and then a lot of the prestige stuff like Watchmen, the one drawn like people (“Kingdom Come?”), The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, and then some other stuff like Wanted, and then I’d start collecting Ultimate Spider-man up until the panel where Gwen and Peter are super forlorn looking on the last panel splash page.

Also is anyone incredibly impressed by how well the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going? This thing has been going on for YEARS and the movies have been pretty good to great, with Captain America being simply incredible. 
 
So, talk about comics / comics movies / comic documentaries, or Chasing Amy! What’s good, what’s cheap, what newbies like myself should check out, and in general just chat it up! Feel free to explain the digital services like comixology. 


I have a second question, too – does anyone else kind of not mind the way Man of Steel ended in theory? It was shot fairly poorly but I liked the idea of the no-win scenario where Superman has to kill a dude.

411mania’s “The Comics 8 Ball 3.17.14: Top 8 Comic Book Copycat Characters”

Hi Scott,

Thought this might make for some fun BoD discussion.  Call me maybe… I mean, crazy, but I'm detecting just a whiff of anti-Marvel sentiment. But only just.

http://www.411mania.com/movies/columns/316507

Eh, I feel dumber having just read that one.  Saying Hawkeye, for example, is a ripoff of Green Arrow specifically when both guys are based off the Robin Hood archetype is just ignorant.  
Anyway, speaking of comics, what the hell is going on with Hawkeye's shipping schedule right now?  It was delayed for something like four months, which killed all the momentum that it was building up, and then they shipped the Kate issue out of order.  And now there's another random issue from Christmas that just came out featuring animated dogs.  Yeah, the Pizza Dog issue was great and whimsical, but COME ON.  This story hasn't moved an inch forward in what feels like a year, with Fraction just going back and retelling the same stuff over and over.  It used to be my most-anticipated title and now I don't even know when it's coming out most times or what I'm going to get out of it.  

Comic book link

Hey Scott,


Thought you and the BOD may be interested in a new project I'm guest writing at Comic Book Resource's Comics Should Be Good Blog – it's called "Gimmick or Good." In this column, I look at the gimmick covers/issues from the 1990s (foil embossed, variant covers, polybags, etc.) and analyze the contents to see if the comic book actually has any redeeming merits. Considering how a lot of these gimmicks are making a comeback in today's marketplace (Batman #13's die-cut covers, Age of Ultron #1 foil embossed cover), I thought this would be a fun retrospective. I think a lot of people slam the excesses of the 1990s, and deservedly so, but through four columns, I've already found a number of "gimmicked" gems and I expect to declare many more to be "good" even by today's standards.


Thanks,

Mark
(aka, Chasing Amazing guy – www.chasingamazingblog.com if you want to throw the plug in there too)

Of course I've been reading it!  CSBG is one of the first web-surfing stops I make every day, and I've had a couple of suggestions picked by Dread Lord and Master Brian Cronin myself for his columns.  
I'm not really into Age of Ultron yet, but it's only been a couple of issues.  Still, feels like the BIG RESET button is obviously going to be pushed, rendering the whole thing little more than an Elseworlds.  We'll see, I guess.  
Quick tangential comic recommendation:  The Sixth Gun!  I picked up the trades and blew through them, and apparently it's going to be a pilot on NBC, so support it now and look cool and hip when it's the next big thing!  Becky shooting the everloving fuck out of the bad guys while in spirit form was one of the most awesome moments I've read in a long time, and the wacky entourage of undead Billjohn and the grumpy mummy is tons of fun. It's just a consistently great western/supernatural hybrid and well worth your money.  Plus Cullen Bunn is a cool guy, too.  

Comic Plug

Hey Scott-


Longtime reader, love your work, blah blah blah. I've been working on a side-project webcomic for the past little while and just recently hit over a hundred comics. Since the latest comic is wrestling related, I was hoping I could get one of your ever wonderful plugs to help my fledgling operation get some more exposure. Thanks!

boredatworkcomics.tumblr.com

Cheers!  

Hope the plug helps.

Waiting for the Trade: Batman vs. Bane double comic & movie review

Waiting for the Trade
By Bill Miller
Batman: Knightfall – part 1 : Broken Bat
by Doug Moench and Chuck Dixon.
collects Batman 491-497 and Detective Comics 659-663.
Why I Bought This: I actually bought this 20 years ago when it was relatively new. I think it was mandatory in the 90s to own both this and Death of Superman. I found it by accident while cleaning about three months ago, and decided to reread it before the movie came out. Finished with about a week to spare, I got busy with work and didn’t have time for a review until now.
The Plot: Bane comes to Gotham and releases the inmates in Arkham Asylum. Batman has to fight his way through them over several days. And when Batman is exhausted, Bane attacks and defeats him.

Chapter 1 – Bane frees the inmates at Arkham. Batman and the police fail to stop Joker and the rest of the more dangerous inmates from escaping.
Chapter 2 – The Mad Hatter possesses some generic thug type looneys and Film Freak. He sends Film Freak to spy on Bane, who discovers and kills him. Batman crashes the Hatter’s tea party and defeats him.
Chapter 3 – the Ventriliquist teams up with an over-sized thug named Amygdala and begins looking for his favorite puppet. Batman defeats the over-sized thug while Ventriloquist escapes. Robin faces a henchman of Bane’s named Falconer and loses, but the villain retreats instead of capturing him as part of Bane’s larger plan.
Chapter 4 – A knife-wielding psycho takes a girls school hostage. Batman defeats him, although a few cops and students die first.
Chapter 5 – Killer Croc is seeking revenge on Bane, who broke his arm in some prior book. Robin encounters Bane and is quickly defeated.  When Killer Croc attacks. All three are washed away into a flooding sewer.
Chapter 6 – Robin saves himself. Joker teams up with someone named Stirk, who apparently has fear powers. At Joker’s behest Stirk attacks Comm. Gordon but Batman saves him. Joker decides to team with Scarecrow instead and the two of them kidnap the mayor.
Chapter 7 – Firefly is setting things on fire, and has apparently upgraded his costume to whatever he used to have to a flying armor suit with a flamethrower. Batman fights him but he escapes, while Robin looks for clues in Firefly’s past. Batman fights him again and the two fall into a pit of fire.
Chapter 8 – Batman saves himself but takes some bruises and Firefly escapes again. Poison Ivy kidnaps Gotham’s elite (including Bruce Wayne and Luscius Fox), while Joker uses the mayor to lure the police into a trap. Bruce changes to Batman and defeats Ivy and her thugs. Joker’s trap blows up killing several cops.
Chapter 9 – Riddler’s thugs abandon him because he won’t go forward with heist since the news is so busy with the other psychos they are not reporting on his riddles. Batman fights Firefly in a zoo, while Robin takes on Riddler in a TV studio. The heroes win both fights but Batman is more exhausted than ever.
Chapter 10 – Batman saves cops from another of Joker’s traps. He takes a whiff of Scarecrow’s fear gas, which causes him to flashback to the death of the second Robin pushing Batman into an enraged state and he severely beats Joker until Scarecrow fires a bazooka causing another flooded tunnel.
Chapter 11 – Batman saves the mayor from the flood. He then takes on Bane’s three thugs and wins before Bane confronts him at Wayne Manor.
Chapter 12 – Batman is out on his feet before the fight begins, whereas Bane has super strength. He pummels Batman effortlessly and then breaks his back.
Critical Thoughts: This really isn’t a very good story to be honest despite its fame at the time. It’s mostly just a very straightforward series of fights, and to be honest I’ve seen better fight scenes frequently and often.
Also Bane has no real motivations. He just shows up in Gotham wanting to take down Batman for reasons that are never elaborated on in this trade. He doesn’t even know the Bruce Wayne connection until half-way through the story (and he discovers Batman’s secret ridiculously easily considering how long Batman’s A-list foes and Gotham’s organized crime have failed to turn anything up). In a lot of ways this story is a clear example of creating an event first and a story to get there second. I suppose the same thing could be said of Death of Superman (which preceded and obviously influenced this) as Doomsday shows up out of nowhere with no real motivations for an extended fight scene in that one too but I’d at least argue that fight scene was better paced. Plus that story had the novelty of coming out first and really the surprise of anything being able to hurt Superman carried it better than this. (Plus “Reign of the Supermen” is a tremendous follow-up story, whereas Azrael taking on the mantle of the Bat and failing is nothing Marvel fans hadn’t seen 5-years earlier with “Cap No More” and to a lesser extent in Thor and Iron Man as well).  
Grade D+ – Batman is a rightly given credit for having a great rogue’s gallery so seeing several of his foes in this story stops it from being terrible. For a character I never heard of, I actually found the Firefly stuff the best part of this story. Riddler’s chapter is also a nice look into his motivations. But overall reading this again did little for me.
Bonus movie review: Speaking of doing little for me, we have Dark Knight Rises. I saw this opening weekend but didn’t bother to review it until now because it borders between meh and truly terrible so much that I wasn’t motivated to write about it. At this point my opinion leans closer to this being another failed third superhero movie much in the same vein of Spider-man 3, X-men 3 and Superman III.
The only thing I really liked about it was Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Otherwise Bane is just as flat and uninteresting in this as he is in the comics. I find little of what happens once he conquers Gotham to be credible, and I find the nuclear bomb time limit to be completely arbitrary so that Bruce can recover from his injuries. The back-breaker scene is also pretty flat compared to the comic book version. I also found the political imagery downright bizarre and distracting. Whatever Nolan was going for on that front fails completely.
Furthermore I don’t buy for 10 seconds that there has been no crime in Gotham for 8 years or that Batman/Bruce would fall into utter despair for that long a period of time over the death of some chick. Hell I think Batman only suits up three times in this entire film (once to fight Catwoman and test the Batwing, once to lose to Bane and for the finale.) So yea, far and away the weakest of the three superhero films this summer and probably the second worst Batman film ever made after Batman 4 with Mr. Freeze. Grade D.

Chris Sims v. Comic Book Men

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/16/comic-book-men-review-kevin-smith/ We’re two episodes into Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” and I agree with this review for the most part.  The Pawn Stars portions are silly and contrived, and the wacky employee reality show stuff in between is pretty boring.  This show REALLY needs to be cut down to 30 minutes and maybe focus more on the comic book aspects and less on stuff like Walt calling his buddies to appraise stuff like a low rent Rick Harrison.  I love comics, but shows like this are why I just do everything on Comixology now and avoid the actual comic book shops like the plague. 

Chris Sims v. Comic Book Men

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/16/comic-book-men-review-kevin-smith/ We’re two episodes into Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” and I agree with this review for the most part.  The Pawn Stars portions are silly and contrived, and the wacky employee reality show stuff in between is pretty boring.  This show REALLY needs to be cut down to 30 minutes and maybe focus more on the comic book aspects and less on stuff like Walt calling his buddies to appraise stuff like a low rent Rick Harrison.  I love comics, but shows like this are why I just do everything on Comixology now and avoid the actual comic book shops like the plague. 

Chris Sims v. Comic Book Men

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/16/comic-book-men-review-kevin-smith/ We’re two episodes into Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” and I agree with this review for the most part.  The Pawn Stars portions are silly and contrived, and the wacky employee reality show stuff in between is pretty boring.  This show REALLY needs to be cut down to 30 minutes and maybe focus more on the comic book aspects and less on stuff like Walt calling his buddies to appraise stuff like a low rent Rick Harrison.  I love comics, but shows like this are why I just do everything on Comixology now and avoid the actual comic book shops like the plague. 

Chris Sims v. Comic Book Men

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/16/comic-book-men-review-kevin-smith/ We’re two episodes into Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” and I agree with this review for the most part.  The Pawn Stars portions are silly and contrived, and the wacky employee reality show stuff in between is pretty boring.  This show REALLY needs to be cut down to 30 minutes and maybe focus more on the comic book aspects and less on stuff like Walt calling his buddies to appraise stuff like a low rent Rick Harrison.  I love comics, but shows like this are why I just do everything on Comixology now and avoid the actual comic book shops like the plague. 

Chris Sims v. Comic Book Men

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/16/comic-book-men-review-kevin-smith/ We’re two episodes into Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” and I agree with this review for the most part.  The Pawn Stars portions are silly and contrived, and the wacky employee reality show stuff in between is pretty boring.  This show REALLY needs to be cut down to 30 minutes and maybe focus more on the comic book aspects and less on stuff like Walt calling his buddies to appraise stuff like a low rent Rick Harrison.  I love comics, but shows like this are why I just do everything on Comixology now and avoid the actual comic book shops like the plague. 

Chris Sims v. Comic Book Men

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/16/comic-book-men-review-kevin-smith/ We’re two episodes into Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” and I agree with this review for the most part.  The Pawn Stars portions are silly and contrived, and the wacky employee reality show stuff in between is pretty boring.  This show REALLY needs to be cut down to 30 minutes and maybe focus more on the comic book aspects and less on stuff like Walt calling his buddies to appraise stuff like a low rent Rick Harrison.  I love comics, but shows like this are why I just do everything on Comixology now and avoid the actual comic book shops like the plague. 

Comic Reviews

Hey Scott, are you going to continue your comic reviews at all?

Ah, right to the point.  My kind of question. Yes, but I’m trying to find a new format for them.  There’s only so many times that I can say “Batwoman is a wonderfully illustrated comic” every month before I get bored of writing it, so I’m thinking of just doing a couple of rotating series or something.  It was starting to feel like work the way I was doing it and that’s totally not what I wanted out of it.  For those who want a quick fix of my thoughts, here’s what I’ve been reading as of late:– Really enjoyed the two-part time travel story in Amazing Spider-Man.  I picked it up on a whim because I’m enjoying Avenging Spider-Man so much, and I might keep on with the main title and see how it goes now.  The fake-out with the AM/PM thing was kind of a cheat, but all the little nuances and digs (like even the writer talking about how no one cares about what the villain’s name stands for) were tremendous fun.  – Deadpool: The Musical was total dogshit.  It was supposed to be a “catchup” issue for new readers, but it started the recap way back at Civil War and didn’t even bring you up to the past 3 months of storyline.  It felt like something that was produced months ago and left in the can until now.  Plus the jokes weren’t funny at all and the central conceit with Deadpool singing new lyrics over popular tunes didn’t work.  Hugely disappointing. – Justice League #5 was kind of weird and sloppy.  Definitely didn’t like it as much as the rest of the series thus far, and they’re really dragging their heels on getting the team together and bringing it to the present.  The whole thing with Batman revealing his identity to Green Lantern felt like something to fill space and seemed totally out of character to me.  I dunno, could just be a misfire. – Justice League Dark #5 was a solid comic, but this was the end of the first arc and they’re still nowhere close to being a team.  Another reviewer called it a perfect jumping-off point, and it’s true.  The story was wrapped up, there’s no real loose ends to come back for, and they’re all just kind of doing their own thing now.  I liked it well enough, but where’s the hook to keep readers coming back?  – Aquaman continues to so much better than it has any right to be.  Aquaman trapped in the desert is kind of a punchline, but it WORKS.  The flashbacks are interesting and Arthur continues to be pretty badass.  – Batman #5 was a fascinating case for me because I felt like I was missing something initially, and it turns out I was because the digital version doesn’t have the freaky upside-down and twisted pages that the print version does.  Or at least my reader renders them all the “right” way.  So that was kind of lacking for me, but I’ve read this issue 6 or 7 times now because I can’t stop going back to it for some reason.  It’s just so DARK and creepy and wonderful.  – I won’t say I LOVED Winter Soldier, but I did enjoy it enough to keep it on the pull list.  I’m not a huge fan of the dark and muddled art style, but the idea of Bucky and Black Widow as secret assassins tracking down the former Russian sleeper agents is such a blast.  I was also enjoying Cap & Bucky now that it’s the adventures of the 50s Captain and Bucky, because there’s years of unmined storylines there as well. 

Comic Reviews

Hey Scott, are you going to continue your comic reviews at all?

Ah, right to the point.  My kind of question. Yes, but I’m trying to find a new format for them.  There’s only so many times that I can say “Batwoman is a wonderfully illustrated comic” every month before I get bored of writing it, so I’m thinking of just doing a couple of rotating series or something.  It was starting to feel like work the way I was doing it and that’s totally not what I wanted out of it.  For those who want a quick fix of my thoughts, here’s what I’ve been reading as of late:– Really enjoyed the two-part time travel story in Amazing Spider-Man.  I picked it up on a whim because I’m enjoying Avenging Spider-Man so much, and I might keep on with the main title and see how it goes now.  The fake-out with the AM/PM thing was kind of a cheat, but all the little nuances and digs (like even the writer talking about how no one cares about what the villain’s name stands for) were tremendous fun.  – Deadpool: The Musical was total dogshit.  It was supposed to be a “catchup” issue for new readers, but it started the recap way back at Civil War and didn’t even bring you up to the past 3 months of storyline.  It felt like something that was produced months ago and left in the can until now.  Plus the jokes weren’t funny at all and the central conceit with Deadpool singing new lyrics over popular tunes didn’t work.  Hugely disappointing. – Justice League #5 was kind of weird and sloppy.  Definitely didn’t like it as much as the rest of the series thus far, and they’re really dragging their heels on getting the team together and bringing it to the present.  The whole thing with Batman revealing his identity to Green Lantern felt like something to fill space and seemed totally out of character to me.  I dunno, could just be a misfire. – Justice League Dark #5 was a solid comic, but this was the end of the first arc and they’re still nowhere close to being a team.  Another reviewer called it a perfect jumping-off point, and it’s true.  The story was wrapped up, there’s no real loose ends to come back for, and they’re all just kind of doing their own thing now.  I liked it well enough, but where’s the hook to keep readers coming back?  – Aquaman continues to so much better than it has any right to be.  Aquaman trapped in the desert is kind of a punchline, but it WORKS.  The flashbacks are interesting and Arthur continues to be pretty badass.  – Batman #5 was a fascinating case for me because I felt like I was missing something initially, and it turns out I was because the digital version doesn’t have the freaky upside-down and twisted pages that the print version does.  Or at least my reader renders them all the “right” way.  So that was kind of lacking for me, but I’ve read this issue 6 or 7 times now because I can’t stop going back to it for some reason.  It’s just so DARK and creepy and wonderful.  – I won’t say I LOVED Winter Soldier, but I did enjoy it enough to keep it on the pull list.  I’m not a huge fan of the dark and muddled art style, but the idea of Bucky and Black Widow as secret assassins tracking down the former Russian sleeper agents is such a blast.  I was also enjoying Cap & Bucky now that it’s the adventures of the 50s Captain and Bucky, because there’s years of unmined storylines there as well. 

Comic Reviews

Hey Scott, are you going to continue your comic reviews at all?

Ah, right to the point.  My kind of question. Yes, but I’m trying to find a new format for them.  There’s only so many times that I can say “Batwoman is a wonderfully illustrated comic” every month before I get bored of writing it, so I’m thinking of just doing a couple of rotating series or something.  It was starting to feel like work the way I was doing it and that’s totally not what I wanted out of it.  For those who want a quick fix of my thoughts, here’s what I’ve been reading as of late:– Really enjoyed the two-part time travel story in Amazing Spider-Man.  I picked it up on a whim because I’m enjoying Avenging Spider-Man so much, and I might keep on with the main title and see how it goes now.  The fake-out with the AM/PM thing was kind of a cheat, but all the little nuances and digs (like even the writer talking about how no one cares about what the villain’s name stands for) were tremendous fun.  – Deadpool: The Musical was total dogshit.  It was supposed to be a “catchup” issue for new readers, but it started the recap way back at Civil War and didn’t even bring you up to the past 3 months of storyline.  It felt like something that was produced months ago and left in the can until now.  Plus the jokes weren’t funny at all and the central conceit with Deadpool singing new lyrics over popular tunes didn’t work.  Hugely disappointing. – Justice League #5 was kind of weird and sloppy.  Definitely didn’t like it as much as the rest of the series thus far, and they’re really dragging their heels on getting the team together and bringing it to the present.  The whole thing with Batman revealing his identity to Green Lantern felt like something to fill space and seemed totally out of character to me.  I dunno, could just be a misfire. – Justice League Dark #5 was a solid comic, but this was the end of the first arc and they’re still nowhere close to being a team.  Another reviewer called it a perfect jumping-off point, and it’s true.  The story was wrapped up, there’s no real loose ends to come back for, and they’re all just kind of doing their own thing now.  I liked it well enough, but where’s the hook to keep readers coming back?  – Aquaman continues to so much better than it has any right to be.  Aquaman trapped in the desert is kind of a punchline, but it WORKS.  The flashbacks are interesting and Arthur continues to be pretty badass.  – Batman #5 was a fascinating case for me because I felt like I was missing something initially, and it turns out I was because the digital version doesn’t have the freaky upside-down and twisted pages that the print version does.  Or at least my reader renders them all the “right” way.  So that was kind of lacking for me, but I’ve read this issue 6 or 7 times now because I can’t stop going back to it for some reason.  It’s just so DARK and creepy and wonderful.  – I won’t say I LOVED Winter Soldier, but I did enjoy it enough to keep it on the pull list.  I’m not a huge fan of the dark and muddled art style, but the idea of Bucky and Black Widow as secret assassins tracking down the former Russian sleeper agents is such a blast.  I was also enjoying Cap & Bucky now that it’s the adventures of the 50s Captain and Bucky, because there’s years of unmined storylines there as well. 

Comic Reviews

Hey Scott, are you going to continue your comic reviews at all?

Ah, right to the point.  My kind of question. Yes, but I’m trying to find a new format for them.  There’s only so many times that I can say “Batwoman is a wonderfully illustrated comic” every month before I get bored of writing it, so I’m thinking of just doing a couple of rotating series or something.  It was starting to feel like work the way I was doing it and that’s totally not what I wanted out of it.  For those who want a quick fix of my thoughts, here’s what I’ve been reading as of late:– Really enjoyed the two-part time travel story in Amazing Spider-Man.  I picked it up on a whim because I’m enjoying Avenging Spider-Man so much, and I might keep on with the main title and see how it goes now.  The fake-out with the AM/PM thing was kind of a cheat, but all the little nuances and digs (like even the writer talking about how no one cares about what the villain’s name stands for) were tremendous fun.  – Deadpool: The Musical was total dogshit.  It was supposed to be a “catchup” issue for new readers, but it started the recap way back at Civil War and didn’t even bring you up to the past 3 months of storyline.  It felt like something that was produced months ago and left in the can until now.  Plus the jokes weren’t funny at all and the central conceit with Deadpool singing new lyrics over popular tunes didn’t work.  Hugely disappointing. – Justice League #5 was kind of weird and sloppy.  Definitely didn’t like it as much as the rest of the series thus far, and they’re really dragging their heels on getting the team together and bringing it to the present.  The whole thing with Batman revealing his identity to Green Lantern felt like something to fill space and seemed totally out of character to me.  I dunno, could just be a misfire. – Justice League Dark #5 was a solid comic, but this was the end of the first arc and they’re still nowhere close to being a team.  Another reviewer called it a perfect jumping-off point, and it’s true.  The story was wrapped up, there’s no real loose ends to come back for, and they’re all just kind of doing their own thing now.  I liked it well enough, but where’s the hook to keep readers coming back?  – Aquaman continues to so much better than it has any right to be.  Aquaman trapped in the desert is kind of a punchline, but it WORKS.  The flashbacks are interesting and Arthur continues to be pretty badass.  – Batman #5 was a fascinating case for me because I felt like I was missing something initially, and it turns out I was because the digital version doesn’t have the freaky upside-down and twisted pages that the print version does.  Or at least my reader renders them all the “right” way.  So that was kind of lacking for me, but I’ve read this issue 6 or 7 times now because I can’t stop going back to it for some reason.  It’s just so DARK and creepy and wonderful.  – I won’t say I LOVED Winter Soldier, but I did enjoy it enough to keep it on the pull list.  I’m not a huge fan of the dark and muddled art style, but the idea of Bucky and Black Widow as secret assassins tracking down the former Russian sleeper agents is such a blast.  I was also enjoying Cap & Bucky now that it’s the adventures of the 50s Captain and Bucky, because there’s years of unmined storylines there as well.