Scraping Off the Reboot

Well, the first month of DC’s “New 52” is over, and I’ve finally gotten all my DC reviews completed.

Obviously, I haven’t read all of the new books — I’ve read 13 of the 52, which is, to my surprise, exactly one-quarter of all the new Number Ones.

So we’ve got a few that I’ve thought were really, really good. We’ve had much too many that were really, really bad. And we’ve got a whole bunch that are just deeply mediocre.

There were some that I liked that everyone else seemed to hate. And there were some I hated that everyone else seemed to love.

Some of ’em, I wish I could’ve reviewed — how much fun would it have been to slam already notoriously-bad comics like “Red Hood and the Outlaws,” “Detective Comics,” “Hawk and Dove,” or “Catwoman”? But I’m glad I didn’t end up paying money for ’em, ’cause it’s no fun to support bad comics.

The thing is, it’s not much fun to support mediocre comics either. So the Rebooted DC is going to have to start impressing me really, really quickly. Some, granted, I really enjoyed, and I’ll keep reading them. Some of them I really hated, and I’ve already decided to drop them. But the mediocre ones are going to get maybe one to three more issues to convince me they’re worth getting.

And the mediocre ones include a bunch that I initially liked but soured on as the month went on. That includes comics like “Action Comics” and “Batgirl” and “Justice League International.” Seems kinda rough to say I might not be reading a Grant Morrison comic about Superman. But ya know, it’s a rickety economy, and I ain’t got all that much cash — and if DC ain’t worth my hard-earned hobby money, that’s just too bad. In a tight economy, boring/average/mediocre comics are just as bad as the ones that really, really suck.

I’m a DC fanboy. I’ve never been a real strong Marvel zombie. But I can live with giving Marvel more money, or more than likely, giving more to IDW, Dark Horse, Boom, and Red 5.


  1. JD Said,

    October 9, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I don’t want to support “Batman-supporting-cast-as-pin-ups” either (though they’re doing a good job on Batwoman, so far), but what soured you on Action? It’s one of two I’m actually buying.

  2. scottslemmons Said,

    October 9, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    It’s mostly that it feels like a Year One or even an Elseworlds comic. It’s not a comic about Superman — it’s about a version of Superman where he wears a T-shirt. It’s well-written, but it’ll be written out of continuity the minute Dan DiDio or Geoff Johns think up some other version of the character they want to play with.