I read a half a chapter of GL: Rebirth this morning.
Geoff Johns isn't really my bag, but I thought I should make the effort since everyone makes a big deal about this series, and the good old library supplies them virtually free.
The earnestness is getting to me. Look at the cover of the hardback. This guy flying through space with his glowing lantern. He's so serious about it and its drawn in a very pseudo-realist way. To me there's something comical in the ... lack of acknowledgement that its a goofball concept and a goofball image.
As for the idea that Batman dislikes Hal because he doesn't know fear, ... tttsk! Batman isn't that small, even the strung out psycho-Batman leading up to IC. Batman is probably thinking more of the thousands (millions?) of people Hal killed while on his rampage. The world's finest detective mind tends to hold on to little details like that.
Both lay on the 'macho' a bit much for me. It's like they are compensating or something!
But they are both barking up the same tree. Johns' characters wear leotards, look serious and act macho whereas Bendis' has Luke Cage wear that stupid beanie. They are both pushing similar ideas of what a modern superhero is.
But you are right about Bendis' plotting. I read The Trust a short while ago. Thank God I didn't pay for that! They just sat around chatting and occasionally watching the Mighty Avengers actually combat evil aggressors on TV!
I'm surprised that you dropped it with the Sinestro War. One of the reasons I'm starting with the Johns GL is that everyone raves about that arc and I thought I'd work up to it.
Did anyone else buy or read Gotham City Sirens? I know at least one person on this board did besides me. A few things took me completely out of the story. The biggest, though, was the homeless animal shelter or whatever it was called--it was at least SIX STORIES HIGH! I don't care that it's in Gotham City. It makes no difference. That was the dumbest thing I've ever seen, I'm sorry.
Other than that, it wasn't bad. There was kind of an eye-rolling scene involving Zatanna, but whatever. I figure this book is probably a few guest-artists away from being canceled in two years, but I could be wrong.
That and I still dislike the fact that Superboy, Alex Luthor, Lois, and Superman came back in Infinite Crisis...the psycho Superboy of Earth-prime was a big mistake in my eyes. Oh...and I've never thought the Anti-Monitor was a great villain...or cyborg Superman...gee, is it any wonder Sinestro War ain't my thing... ;)