I haven't done a "Comics I'm Digging" post in awhile and for good reason - I'm not digging anything right now. There isn't a single book right now that has me anxiously awaiting the next issue. But, here are the books I am reading:
* DAREDEVIL: This has been "solid" since 1999. While its more of a crime noir tv drama than traditional superheroics, I find it enjoyable each month. Ed Brubaker (w) and Michael Lark (a) have just finished their short run and have left DD in a fun place for oncoming new writer Andy Diggle & artist Robert De La Torre to pick up from (preview) . The book thus far does read better in trade, tho, so I'm constantly debating whether or not hold off on the monthlies... we'll see how Diggle handles it.
*X-FORCE: Writers Chris Yost & Craig Kyle are the best x-writers since [pre-90s] Chris Claremont. Their New X-Men was surprisingly delightful and they should be writing Uncanny X-Men. Their X-Force is fun each month and is what I was praying for when I was 14. Normally that's a bad indicator, but this is an exception. Plus they've returned Warren to the Apocalypse ARCHANGEL version, which is my favorite! YAY! Hell, I even like X-23 under their pens! (Tell anyone that last part and I'll kill you).
*BATMAN and ROBIN: For the most part I love Grant Morrison's writing (the recent "Batman R.I.P." excluded) and when he's teamed up with artist Frank Quitley, its magic. Unfortunately this new Bat-Chapter is nothing new. Most of the premise was already covered in the 90's "Prodigal" storyline where Dick Grayson becomes Batman and deals with his own insecurities. That last bit is the biggest problem I have with this title - in this book, Dick is a big useless, wuss with no self-confidence. The character has gone through this already and matured past it. The title should be renamed "EVIL ROBIN & THE USELESS GRAYSON". But the art sure is sweet. Quitley leaves the book after issue 3. So will I.
*DETECTIVE COMICS: We're about 3 issues in so far with the new direction, creative team and character. The book now focuses on the "new" Batwoman. I normally like writer Greg Rucka, but this book is meh. However, I've been sticking with it for the gorgeous art by J.H. Williams III. As long as he's doing the interior art, I'll buy the issue. Although I may stop buying and just grab it in collected form.
* BLACKEST NIGHT: Eh, its not really that great, but its a fun read with some killer art. I may stop buying and just grab it in collected form.
* GREEN LANTERN CORPS: I'm not enjoying its sister book, "Green Lantern" so this helps give me my GL fix. Newish writer Peter Tomasi has done a surprisingly well job (no jab at Tomasi there). Plus you get the yummy Patrick Gleason art depicting numerous funky alien Green Lantern Corps members. It's not great, but its enjoyable.
* THE WALKING DEAD: Fantastic book all-around. However, reading it month-to-month is unbearable. I switched to reading in collected form last year. This one I recommend to others all the time!
Over the past year I have dropped most of the comic titles I read due to my dislike of the writing, art, direction, crap-factor and/or price increase (many books jumping from $3 to $4). While the following titles were not always simultaneously being picked up, they are those books I once bought but am no longer:
* Superman, Action Comics, Supergirl, Batman, Robin/RedRobin, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, The Flash, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, Astonishing X-Men, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Dark Avengers, Incredible Hulk, Captain Britain & MI:13, Punisher, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man.
While my wallet glees with relief, my local comic book store suffers. I almost never go to it anymore and that sucks all around.
WAITING-FOR-THE-TRADE & THE NEW AGE........
I know, I know... waiting for the trade is bad for the monthly sales. If monthly sales drop, the book gets cancelled and then there's nothing to collect. I fought against being one of the "wait-for-the-trade-guys" for years. But at this point, I just don't care either way. I feel that we are in a NEW AGE of comics (ie "Golden Age", "Silver Age", "Bronze Age", "Modern Age"), and I personally prefer the Bronze & Modern stuff. That's what's going to remain in my collection. All this new stuff will either be on my shelf in trade, or given away (individuals). It's no longer "My Era" of comics. The torch has been passed to the next generation, just as it was to me decades ago.
But who knows... the Comic Industry is a rollercoaster... maybe in a few months I'll be screaming that comics are the best they've ever been.
Then again, Disney now owns Marvel.
Marvel is dead.
Long live the Mouse.