Inspired by the unexpectedly brilliant DC Universe: Rebirth, the DC comics draught on my pull list has come to an end.
I'd already asked Andy at Paradox Comics to add the new Flash title to my list (thought it would make a change to read the story as it unfolds, rather than waiting for the trades) and Action Comics (on the recommendation of Charles Rutledge, who knows his Superman better than most).
But off the back of the Rebirth launch issue, I've also added Titans and Aquaman (both by Dan Abnett, a favourite author of mine) as well as Batman and Teen Titans.
More than anything I want to see how the overarching plot - as dropped on us at the end of DC Universe: Rebirth - plays out.
As is my wont, I'd managed to avoid any spoilers and so reading that issue - which was the first comic I opened when my latest bundle arrived from Paradox this week - I was taken totally by surprise by what Batman dug out of the wall of the Batcave.
I was, honestly, saying out loud to myself, "no, no, no" (in a positive, geekgasm-y, way) and as I reached the epilogue of this bumper special issue I had the broadest fanboy grin on my face imaginable.
This was wonderful stuff, positive and exciting (as well as an obvious apology for the tiresome grimness of the New 52 era... take note, Zack Snyder), without the need for clickbait-y crass marketing.
You could tell that once more the story was king.
Of course, this issue was the work of Geoff Johns, who is now stepping away from comics to focus on the movie side of the DC Universe, so we will have to wait and see whether all the other writers on the relaunched titles will be singing from the same hymn sheet.
If they aren't then these comics can just as easily get cut from my pull list again. Of course, should they turn out to be as good as DC Universe: Rebirth then I might have to look at axing some other, less enticing, titles from my list (which could hit my diminishing Marvel titles).
Looking back at the article I wrote last July about the post-Secret Wars era of Marvel superhero titles, I only found 13 titles (eight from the Spider-verse) to include in my list.
That's now changed to:
- Doctor Strange
- Doctor Strange: Last Days Of Magic
- Power Man & Iron Fist
- A Year Of Marvels
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Web Warriors
- Steve Rogers: Captain America
- Guardians Of Infinity
I'm also not sure what'll happen to Guardians Of Infinity as Dan Abnett has signed an exclusive deal with DC, and it was only the strength of his contributions that kept this title on my list. Annoyingly each issue is split in two with an unconnected Guardians tale, by different authors, taking up the latter half of the title.
So that could be leaving the list soon as well, I suppose.
There are some strong titles in this part of my pull list (e.g. Doctor Strange, Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey, and Daredevil) but really things aren't looking good for Marvel's superheroes at present... and that's coming from a dyed-in-the-wool Marvel zombie!