Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Cut List Part 2 of 2: The Replacements

My one year comics anniversary is coming up (cute, ain't it?). Anywho, these are the series I will be following in the coming several months, or until they get sucky. In addition to this list I will also continue reading Animal Man as I wrote in my last article

The Defenders- I started reading this series when it restarted about 6 months back. It began with a nifty arc following up on the "Fear Itself" event. "The Defenders" has consistently grabbed my interest and has one of the cooler teams in comics: Dr. Strange, Namor, Iron-Fist, Red She-Hulk, and the Silver Surfer.

Wolverine and the X-Men- Coming out of the big mutant split in the "Schism" event, "Wolverine and the X-Men" follows wolverine as he seeks to create a new mutant school out of the ruins of the Xavier school. As one of my favorite cartoons as a kid was the wonderfully bad "X-Men Evolution", it should come as no surprise that I love the school setting. While more serious books are nice, there is something wonderful about the classic X-Men formula about teenagers trying to control superpowers.

Uncanny X-Force- I love mutants. Make me pick a side in "Avengers vs. X-Men" and I will always go with X-Men. "Uncanny X-Force" is consistently a more serious, and often more violent, group of mutants doing the dirty work others try to avoid. With solid arcs filled with moral dilemmas, a darker art style and a team including Wolverine, Fantomex, Deadpool, Psylocke, and an alternate dimension's Nightcrawler, it is hard to not like this series.

Saga- I read about this Image series on Comics Alliance, and decided to pick up the first few issues. The strange scifi mixed with a darker sense of humor is very different than any other series I can find right now. In addition to all that wonderfulness, It is illustrated by Fiona Staples who is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists, she also drew Mystery society.

The Flash- I probably should have subscribed to this book at the beginning of the new52 as I have been reading it since the #1. "Flash" is a pretty nifty dude and so far his book has been pretty interesting. My only concern is that with the reintroduction of the new52, certain topics feel rushed. In less that 10 issues, the series has covered the speed force, the crazy speed zone, Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, and a bunch of other things. However, the writing has been pretty good and I enjoy the art along with Barry Allen as a character. "Flash" will probably stick around on my list for a while.

Action Comics- This is another book I should have subscribed to as I have been buying it and it is really good. Grant Morrison delivers exactly what you want and expect from him, complicated stories that will have no clear conclusion until they end, and even then it'll take a while to sink in. If you want to get into some freaky superman stuff, pick this series up, but make sure you start with the beginning TP.

Earth 2- Since this series has only had one issue, it is hard to expand upon it, but any comic that kills Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman in the first issue should be considered interesting. "Earth 2" will follow the old school JSA characters as they are tweaked for the new52.

Worlds' Finest- This falls in the same category as "Earth 2". It is new and interesting and introduced the boob windowless Powergirl.

Justice League (maybe)- I feel like I need to follow this because it is the Justice League, yet Geoff Johns has been a complete disappointment. While some new52 series grab too much story in too little time, Johns seems content to fill a 40 page book with a few one liners and the awkward interactions of the least interesting superhero portrayals ever.