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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I stuck with Lucifer and The Dreaming through the entire original runs and will be getting both new series.

I'm getting Books of Magic. I never followed the original series but I recently bought the collection, which I will be reading first. Has any coverage accused it of copying Harry Potter yet? I'm sure someone will, not knowing the publishing dates. 

Not being a big fan of Voodoo stories, I won't be getting House of Whispers.

I made these decisions before reading the Sandman Universe and it didn't change my mind.

I would imagine that anyone who did think about suing didn't get very far. The dates don't lie.

And honestly, Tim's appearance and the magic aren't the only similarities. Hedwig seems to also have been inspired by Books of Magic as well.

I discovered Books of Magic at about the same time I discovered Nexus. There is so much to be gained by just reading and rereading the series, watching everything build up and play off of what has happened earlier. Neither spells all of the connections out for you, and that's what I loved.

Richard Willis said:

Has any coverage accused it of copying Harry Potter yet? I'm sure someone will, not knowing the publishing dates. 

I wasn't thinking lawsuits, just uninformed crabbing.

Well, there's always plenty of that to go around! Often found these days in the very articles on Newsarama and CBR.

Richard Willis said:

I wasn't thinking lawsuits, just uninformed crabbing.

I'll be dropping Marvel Two-in-One with issue #10 (ships tomorrow).

I'm not buying Fantastic Four; doesn't make much sense to buy Fantastic Four-lite.

The two books I've been buying and not reading are The Flash and Wonder Woman

Now that I see Wonder Woman is having a crossover with Justice League Dark, I think this is my jumping off point.

I still hope to read at least some of The Flash. If it has a crossover or another reboot, it's gone too. 

I have been buying collections of various series and either am reading them or definitely will, as time permits. 

The first issue of the Wonder Woman/ JL Dark Witching Hour event was really good. One of the best first issues of an event I've read in a while, honestly. 

That said, I don't think Wonder Woman's been at the top of her game for a while -- aside from a stellar done-in-one that Steve Orlando wrote at the start of his guest slot. But I'm expecting really good things from G. Willow Wilson in November.

I'm at the point where I have to start cutting books I like. The United States vs Murder Inc. is likely one of those books. I hadn't followed it over at Marvel, so I'm a little lost, but I've enjoyed what I've read of the story. But issue 2 -- while definitely carrying an emotional punch -- felt like it ended too soon. And if I'm looking to trim, maybe a book i think will satisfy me more in a collection is a good place to start. 

That said, this page really impressed me. I know a lot of people don't like Oeming's figure work, but ignore that for a moment. Check out how he divides the page into two sides, both with color, for the flashbacks, and then in panel three, with the word balloon placement. The request in the speech there creates a barrier between the characters -- one that, by the end of the issue, is starting to become a permanent breach. 

I'm definitely going back for the collection when it comes out. 


I have recently chopped:

  • The Flash: This book just started to stack up more and more until I realized it was just plain boring, in my humble opinion. I kept trying to like it, but to be honest, it didn't move very quickly for a book about the Fastest Man Alive.
  • Gideon Falls: Not sure if this just doesn't read well in single issues or if it just doesn't read well to me.
  • Dry County: As much as I love Tommaso, I just couldn't get on board with this series. And, ironically...
  • Dick Tracy: I picked up issue #2 from the stands, thumbed through it, and put it back. Not sure why the sudden turn on Tommaso, because I think he is a great talent.

Oh, and as sad as I am to say it, I am also done with The Terrifics, although I've heard it's probably going away anyway. This was by far the "From the Pages of Metal" book that I was looking forward to the most. Jeff Lemire, Metamorpho, and Plastic Man should have been enough to keep me on board, but it just didn't hold my interest. I think I've read two or three of the issues that have come out, and the rest have just stacked up. I have tried to read more, but I always end up putting it down. The inconsistent art didn't help anything.

I think I'm sticking with The Terrifics for now, but it didn't quite live up to what I hoped for it, either. Jeff Lemire is a writer that rarely connects with me, but I the concept and the characters have been carrying me along.

It takes a lot to make me drop The Flash -- I've only done it twice since 1977, and I'm nowhere near that point now -- but as well-received as Josh Williamson's run is, it's never a book that has me on the edge of my seat. I'm not entirely down with the idea that there are other forces beyond the Speed Force, either, although I'm willing to see where he goes with it. I liked the most recent issue; I think a trip out of Central City will do the title good.

However, Justice League's leash is getting shorter and shorter. I feel like there's always two too many cool things happening in the book to give me enough space to care about any of them Still love Justice League Dark, though!

Well, I'm done with Justice League. I just can't bring myself to care about this broken source wall, magic doorknob, Perpetua cosmic nonsense. Maybe it'll work better for me in trades, or in discounted Comixology collections. Or maybe I'll forget all about it. Time will tell.

Another book I've decided I can wait for is Shazam. Two issues in, and it's...fine. I like the idea of Billy's whole extended foster family being part of the Shazam family, but I just don't see this grabbing me on a month-to-month basis. And with the new Flash 100-Page Giant reprinting the Shazam backup stories from Justice League, I figure it's only a matter of time before it gets around to these. So in the interest of giving myself something new to read among those reprints, I'm dropping the original printings. 

And I think two issues might be all I get of the Kelly Sue DeKonnick Aquaman, too. It's good, but it's not something I feel the need to stay on top of. Maybe I'll reread the first two issues before the next one comes out and see if I feel differently. 

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