Fantastic Four + FF
Interesting new premise and Fraction seems to have a good handle on the basics of the team. Love Bagley’s art. Looking forward to some back to basics cosmic adventurer Fantastic Four goodness, even in the confines of the opening framing arc. Loving the introductory issue of FF and the introduction of the Future Foundation kids to Scott Lang and company.
Prognosis: Smooth sailing so far.
G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow
I’m trying to figure out if Krake’s scorched earth tactics are heading for a Hama-esque swerve where the bad guys have to keep working together despite horrendous bad blood between them, or if we are getting a kind of wrap up to Dixon’s era on the book, and whatever the new status quo or continuity might be. Either way, I’m enjoying the book, and maybe, just maybe, for Chuck’s sake, I’ll keep reading Special Missions when it comes out, even if I jettison the rest of the confusing rebooted Joe line.
Prognosis: Here until the books are relaunched.
I really liked the opening arc, and while it’s still interesting, I’m missing the chemistry between Gambit and his dangerous lady friend. Gambit is definitely more interesting when he can inject some charisma into the story.
Prognosis: I’m wavering a little. Hopefully Gambit can turn up the charm again as we finish up the arc.
I jinxed myself, didn’t I? Even though Ghostbusters is getting a rebooted #1, and even though IDW is going to put out Ghostbusters books in an alternate continuity, I’ll enjoying this story arc and Burnham’s version of the characters.
Prognosis: Riding this series out, and likely checking out the reboot but not new continuity book when it hits.
Hawkeye has hit it’s first real multi-part storyline since it launched, and that in and of itself is enough of a change in feel that I’m not sure if I like it. Still, the opening story was interesting, and Kate was awesome, so we’ll see how longer arcs work in the already solid formula.
Prognosis: Riding out the rest of the story arc, at least, and the book has a lot of good will reserve built up with me.
Solid and promising start to Waid’s Hulk (and Banner!) story, so I’m interested enough to follow it for a while and see where it goes. Despite my misgivings about recent Daredevil arcs, Waid knows his way around a super hero, so I’ll keep an eye on this one.
Prognosis: In for a few more issues at least.
I liked the first issue, but between the fact that the book is shipping twice a month, and the strange “techno knights” turn that the book takes in the second issue, I can hold off on reading any more about Tony’s solo exploits. I’ll still see him in the Avengers books.
Prognosis: Gone, but not with any bad memories.
Cheetah’s story wasn’t bad. I still feel like the Justice League in this book exist kind of outside of how the individual books portray them (Batman isn’t too different). The backup feature with Shazam! is much more interesting when it’s actually about Black Adam.
Prognosis: I’m getting enough enjoyment to stick around.
Nightwing hasn’t been brilliant or great, but it’s been fun. I’m fine with a “just fun” Bat related book. I don’t need Nightwing navel gazing or wondering about his place in the world.
Prognosis: I’m having fun, so Nightwing is staying put for now.
Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt
Looks like issue #3 is where I get off. When we go from a guy that is trying to make the world a better place, and isn’t sure of himself, to a guy that is opposed by a two dimensional character that gets to stand in for the Military Industrial Complex and a 2D character that stands in for organized western religion, the book starts to feel a bit too preachy and slap dash to me.
Prognosis: Done and done.
I was underwhelmed by Minimum Carnage, and it didn’t help that Scarlet Spider’s issues didn’t seem to focus much on Kaine. I’m still in, but I’m hoping we can get back to what was fun about the character when he goes back to solo mode.
Prognosis: Yost has built up enough good will that I’m sticking around for a while.
This version of the book is going away soon, but I’m enjoying he chaos. Not sure how everything is going to actually resolve, but I thought that last arc as well.
Prognosis: In till the end of this version of the series.
Thor–God of Thunder
Loving this book so far. Mythology plus cosmic weirdness with the added twist of telling the opening story arc on three fronts: past, present, and future.
Prognosis: Certainly riding out the first story arc, and wondering where it will go from there.
I like it so far, but it does feel like it’s just on the verge of trying too hard (for example, Rogue’s commentary about Gambit, and Red Skull’s comments about Scarlet Witch). There is a solid story here, but it’s just on the verge of pushing a bit too much for shock value.
Prognosis: Still interested to read the flagship title, and actually a little relieved it’s shipping late.
Wow. Too bad this version of the team is going away. That’s how you wrap up a story arc right there.
Prognosis: In until next issue, which is the end of the road.
Apparently there are limits to my love of all things Spider-Man. I still like the character, in general, but the book is doing nothing for me, and I’m not really interested enough to stick around post Minimum Carnage. He overshadowed Scarlet Spider, and wasn’t interesting when he did it, and that’s not cool.
Prognosis: Somethings got to give, and mister Thomson is off the list.
Wolverine and the X-Men
Yikes, twice a month shipping, again! I still like this series, although the reveal about Angel doesn’t do much for me. I fear that this book is going to get thrown into a lot of turmoil in the coming months, with Bendis being the big gun and shaking things up.
Prognosis: As long as the book resembles what it does now, I’m still on board.
I gave it another shot because of the Damian/Helena team up, and I’m actually not disappointed. Why do I like Damian better (or at least enjoy stories with him) when he’s a guest star? Before Flashpoint my favorite Damian appearances were in Batgirl.
Prognosis: In at least through the Damian/Helena crossover story.