I’m still no good at reviewing comic books. The below is the best I can do.
Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid, Leinil Francis Yu, and Gerry Alanguilan. I started off really liking the artwork but liked it less and less the more I read. I don’t think it struck the right note (I tend to like my Superman sweeter than he comes off in most comics (though I’m aware that comics don’t allow for the nuisance of voice and gesture you get with live action/cartoons)) but I still quite liked it.
Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III. Fuck. That was clearly very awesome. That was also very clearly THE MIDDLE OF A SERIES. Stupid lists on the internet. ::mutters about finding out what order to read the rest in::
Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams. Really, really excellent..
All Star Superman, Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely with Jamie Grant. On the whole, good. Except for major, major Lois Lane fail. There’s never an excuse to make Losi Lane stupid. I mean, you have all of three women with speaking roles in these comics and you’ve got to make the award winning reporter stupid? WHATEVER.
Batgirl vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vincente Cifuentes. Woo! Loved all the things about this one. More Batgirl, now, please.
Batman: False Faces by Brian K. Vaughn andScott McDaniel. Eh. I liked the Batman stuff, but the Wonder Woman stuff was disappointing. I thought she’d be working with Batman and she didn’t, which, boo. Wonder Woman/Batman for the win, yo. Eerything, from the plot, to dialogue, to characterizations, to art made it read like it was from to ’50, which, again, boo. ’50s comics are only good for the lolz and this one lacked those. No thanks. Also, it ended on a cliffhanger and I can’t for the life of me figure out if there’s a direct sequel or not. Why do comic book makers make it SO HARD to figure out what to read next? I understand that it wouldn’t be a small undertaking to put together a useful database, but it would make it SO MUCH EASIER for new readers. And you know what happens when you make it easier for new readers? THEY STICK AROUND AND BUY MORE SHIT. UGH.
Runaways Vol 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Runaways Vol 2: Teenage Wasteland by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Runaways Vol 3: The Good Die Young by Brain K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Runaways Vol 4: True Believers by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Runaways Vol 5: Escape to New York by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa.
Runaways Vol 6: Parental Guidance by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Runaways vol 7: Live Fast by Brian K. Vaughn, Adrian Alphona, and Mike Norton. As a whole, really fun and entertaining. The art, the characters, the stories, all fun. But by vol 7 things started to get pretty repetitive. I might finish the series some day, but then, I might not.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr. Hmm.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safewords by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. I don’t know, guys. Parts of these are awesome but, man, Brian K. Vaughan is kind of fail at writing believable human relationships*? Like, Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann have been traveling together for TWO YEARS, mostly on foot, with nothing better to do than talk and they don’t know each other better/trust each other more and cause all kinds of drama and shenanigans because of it? That’s some bullshit. Also some bullshit, is 355 wouldn’t have taught Dr. Mann and Yorick some basics of self defense and/or gun safety? WHATEVER. There’s enough good that I’m going to keep going but just know that I sometime roll my eye SO HARD at these comics.
*Or at least, grown up relationships. It kind of works in Runaways because they’re teenagers and have more character turn over, so deep relationships/bonds of trust are harder to forge, but seriously. Three grown ass people who don’t hate each other walked across America together without building lasting bonds? WHATEVER.