Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batwing, Earth 2
Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Animal Man, Justice League International, Swamp Thing, Worlds Finest
Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Action Comics
Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Red Lanterns, Stormwatch
Top Pick: Batwing
Bottom Pick: Red Lanterns and Stormwatch
All in all, these were not terrible issues, but both series have reached convenient stopping points and I don't feel the need to read them on a weekly basis. I'm sure I'll pick up Red Lanterns again soon to see what's going on with the Third Army, but not as frequently...
Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad
Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman and Robin, Deathstroke, Grifter
Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Demon Knights, Legion Lost, Superboy
Top Pick: Resurrection Man
Bottom Pick: Demon Knights
Other Thoughts: Within the past few issues, Batman, Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad, Deathstroke, Grifter and Demon Knights have all included a betrayal from someone we thought was good... overused plot device?
Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Blue Beetle, Catwoman, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman
Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Birds of Prey, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Supergirl
Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Shade
Top Pick: Wonder Woman
I wasn't on board with the whole Greek Pantheon thing when the series started, but something about the way this series is handling it makes it fresh and interesting. This issue does a good job bringing the first (or is it the second) arc to a close and wrapping up the Zola's baby story. A few game changers and an awesome reference to the New Gods pushes this to the top of the stack this week.
Bottom Pick: Shade
Whereas Wonder Woman felt like a satisfying conclusion to a 12-issue arc, this issue just left me feeling like "um... okay?" I was enjoying the series a lot until about halfway through. The Egyptian Gods kind of came out of nowhere and didn't seem to fit with the rest of the series.
Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman: The Dark Knight, Flash, I Vampire, Justice League Dark
Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Superman
Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Green Lantern: New Guardians
Top Pick: I Vampire and Justice League Dark
I would be remiss if I didn't mention both of these series this week. I think JLD has been consistently awesome since Lemire took over, but I Vampire knocked it out of the park with this issue. First off, we have one of the best mixing of titles since New 52 began with the guest appearance of Stormwatch that I enjoyed more than all of the actual issues of New 52 Stormwatch I've read thus far. Then they drop at least three major game-changing bombshells in a row that sets up a new era for the title. Justice League Dark is mostly a set up issue leading to the annual, but still manages to be awesome. Lemire has already added Dr. Mist, Black Orchid and others to the mix, but this issue adds even more familiar faces and places and teases the mastermind villain of the arc whose identity is shrouded in mystery (but will hopefully be revealed in issue #0?)
Bottom Pick: Green Lantern: New Guardians
Some spoilers may follow... This isn't a particularly bad issue, there are just a couple things that annoy me. I'm not a fan of the "Evil Guardians" set up, but I'm especially not happy with Ganthet and Sayd also being evil (or at least really crazy). Also, I'm a little confused why the whole team broke up at the end. So if Larfleeze had stolen the rings because he was greedy its okay, but if Sayd stole them to unite the Corps then everyone's mad they were manipulated and has to go their separate ways? Whatever.
Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Flash Annual, National Comics: Looker
Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Aquaman, Green Lantern Annual, Justice League, Justice League International Annual
Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Superman Annual
Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Phantom Lady
Top Pick: Flash Annual
Combined with Flash #12, this is an excellent issue. We get more insight into new character Darwin Elias, we see how the Rogues got their new powers, team-ups and betrayals and alliances all over the place plus guest appearances from Pied Piper, Trickster, Turbine and Gorilla Grodd.
Bottom Pick: Phantom Lady
It's okay, but not as fun as the Ray miniseries. Also, Phantom Lady's powers are getting a little too close to Nightshade. Also, how many times do we have to reboot the Freedom Fighters until someone finds them interesting?