Even though issues 1 and 2 didn't overly impress me, I was planning on sticking with Flash: Rebirth out of faith that Geoff Johns would ultimately give me a good story. But issue three today convinced me that...yeah, I'm just not digging this book.

At the same time, Wonder Woman and Runaways remain on the verge for me, dependent on a new storyline and a new creative team, respectively.

I guess, given that I have something like three or four titles I want to find a space for, this could be worse news, but I'm disappointed that I'm not enjoying all these titles more.

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Dropping Astonishing X-Men. Another Charles Soule title that's been underwhelming. I realized reading issue #6 that the only character I particularly like on the team is Rogue. Not to mention I always roll my eyes when someone like Mystique joins the team, especially with no explanation or promise of reform.

I've decided to drop The Falcon.

I have to say that I dropped all Marvel titles 6+ months back with the thought that I would just subscribed to Marvel Unlimited in about six months and get caught up that way, because it was such a deal.

But I have yet to do it, and I'm really not inclined to do so. I really don't even have time to stay caught up on all the DC/Dark Horse/Image and other (a whole lot of other) books, let alone an entire great big universe full of them. I really came to love Marvel for a long time (and their movies are still way better than anything from anywhere else), but I'm just not missing anything right now.

Thinking about letting go of both Doctor Strange and The Mighty Thor. The former seems to have lost it's pizazz and the latter--well, if Jane Foster is written out and Odinson becomes the lead, I'm gone. Secret Empire ruined Odinson for me, and I've been loving Jane as Thor.

As much as I complained about the endless No Surrender event in Avengers, after reading Avengers #2 today, I kind of want it back. Not one single character seemed right, as if Jason Aaron pulled a Bendis and completely ignored the entirety of their characterization over the last 50 years. The dialogue was way too glib, and there's a big reveal about the villain at the end that isn't really a reveal at all as it was pretty damned easy to figure out.

One more issue, and it's gone.

I'm thinking of dropping Detective Comics, at least until it gets a new direction. It's in a fill-in arc in which Black Lightning will be taking over training of the younger heroes, but I don't think the writer, Bryan Hill, has a good handle on anyone's voices yet. It took James Tynion to make me love some of those characters, and Hill isn't up to that task. 

I'll probably jump back on eventually, depending on the new permanent team. (Wonder Woman nearly got the same treatment, but G. Willow Wilson is keeping me onboard.)

This might be the last issue of Archie I think I'll be getting for a while, too. The series is getting a renumbering (to 699 for a $1 recap issue, then 700, when Nick Spencer takes the reins), but I think I can take a break from it for a while. I initially picked up the coming because of Mark Waid's involvement, and I'll depart (for a while) with him. I will be picking up Archie 1941, though, the Waid/Augustyn/Krause miniseries putting the Archie gang into the year the comic debuted.

I think I'm giving The Unexpected one more issue to really grab me. So far, despite some gorgeous art, it hasn't managed to. 

Although I enjoyed Hawkman #1 and Plastic Man #1 last month, I gave a pass to the second issue of those titles yesterday.

At first, I thought the current arc was going to have Batman forming a "new" group of Outsiders which would be much more similar to the old one. I know Metamorpho is spoken for, but I had hopes that Black Lightning would be joined by Katana, Geo-Force, Looker, Halo... I'm just an old Bronze Age-lovin' fool, I guess.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I'm thinking of dropping Detective Comics, at least until it gets a new direction. It's in a fill-in arc in which Black Lightning will be taking over training of the younger heroes, but I don't think the writer, Bryan Hill, has a good handle on anyone's voices yet. It took James Tynion to make me love some of those characters, and Hill isn't up to that task. 

I think I'm about to drop Harley Quinn. I haven't really enjoyed it for a while, and I don't look forward to reading it any more. And at today's prices, that's an indulgence I can't afford.

Plus, there's the happy news G.Willow Wilson is taking on Wonder Woman. I do very much enjoy and look forward to what she's doing on Ms. Marvel, so I take that as a sign to make a switch. 

That's what I was hoping for, too. 

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

At first, I thought the current arc was going to have Batman forming a "new" group of Outsiders which would be much more similar to the old one. I know Metamorpho is spoken for, but I had hopes that Black Lightning would be joined by Katana, Geo-Force, Looker, Halo... I'm just an old Bronze Age-lovin' fool, I guess.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I'm thinking of dropping Detective Comics, at least until it gets a new direction. It's in a fill-in arc in which Black Lightning will be taking over training of the younger heroes, but I don't think the writer, Bryan Hill, has a good handle on anyone's voices yet. It took James Tynion to make me love some of those characters, and Hill isn't up to that task. 

After an interminable "countdown," I decided to drop Infinity Wars with #1. (Also, six bucks!?)

After a lackluster #1, I dropped Captain America with #2.

Gave a pass to the new Project: Superpowers right off the bat.

Justice League #5-6: In reading these two issues, I finally put my finger on why this series isn’t quite doing anything for me. There just isn’t much action. So much of the story takes place in the characters’ minds. Plus, Scott Snyder’s writing is wordy as heck, and it’s redundant.

Another thing this work has against it (to me) is the Joker as one of the villains. I am completely Jokered out, and have been for years.

The last thing that has this on my chopping block is once again the inconsistency in the creative teams from issue to issue. James Tynion IV wrote issue five of this story, and then Snyder took back over with issue six. Doug Mahnke draws five, and Jorge Jimenez draws six. Both are fantastic artists, but come on, DC, give one of them enough lead time to complete an arc! (And enough time for Snyder to write a whole arc too.)

I like the concept of the Ultraviolet Lanterns, but it’s not enough to keep me reading this. In my opinion, it’s boring. Pretty, but boring.

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