Since I discovered that a tablet is a really good way to read comics (contrary to something with an e-ink display... *shudder*) I've been reading quite a bit of Marvel and DC stuff since soliciting Superman story recommendations in the last thread. Speaking of which, I don't think I said proper thanks for that, both Red Son and All Star Superman were good fun.
Brief research however showed that All Star Batman is a comic to run away from really, really fast, so I decided to go look at another part of the DC universe I know next to nothing about. Since I enjoyed Marvel's big space opera run from Annihilation to Thanos Imperative and the Green Lantern books post Rebirth are also a series of interconnected story arcs, I decided to go with that.
Overall, not a bad decision, but obviously there are some flaws.
One example is DC's decision to never explain anything to potential new readers. The Anti Monitor is Sinestro's backer in one story and plays another big part in a huge crossover event (Blackest Night), but it's not until a while after those two stories that there's a bit of an explanation who or what the hell he actually is.
Also, I get quickly bored with any story that hinges upon how Earth is the most important thing in the universe, and DC is extremely fond of this, it seems, what with Earth being the centre of the entire multiverse.
Then there's the insistence on focusing so much on Hal Jordan, blandest of the Earth Lanterns. The one bit of backstory we get explained over and over again is how he saw his father die in a plane crash when he was a kid and how he got his ring, but knowing where he comes from in this case doesn't help to make him interesting. He still comes across as emotionally detached from pretty much everyone (including his not-really-ex-girlfriend) and appears to win through mostly through luck rather than a defining character trait ("willpower" doesn't count, all Green Lanterns have that in abundance, after all). Guy Gardener is very similar, but there's a clear sense that he cares about people, while John Stewart and Kyle Rayner are haunted by past mistakes they blame themselves for, but Hal is "the greatest Green Lantern" simply by virtue of being told that repeatedly, apparently and can seem to do no wrong.
One thing where I'm not sure if it's a bug or a feature is how impressively stupid the Guardians of the Universe come across, and that's before you factor in the supposed life experience of a billion years or so.
I'm getting a bit tired of the series, but I can't seem to find a good place to drop it, one arc just flows into the next. I was hoping that once I hit the New 52 reboot it would stop, but apparently the Green Lantern books are the one place where that was completely ignored, never mind that most of the Earth based characters' backstories now make no sense anymore. Well, the DC universe doesn't appear to be a place to visit if one values continuity, maybe I should honor that fact and just stop reading without caring about an ending.
On the Marvel side, they have their own online store and constantly put stuff on sale, tempting me to sample various things. Almost as evil as Steam sales when it comes to getting me to part with my money.
One thing I tried picked up was a chunk of Claremont's X-Men run. Man, comics in the 70s sure where different animals. It's actually interesting to see how many of these iconic storylines take up very little space. Days of Future Past is two issues, no buildup, no aftermath.
Some of the "lesser" stories are plain weird (let's take a trip to Ireland and team up with a bunch of leprechauns to take down the Juggernaut), a lot of it is villain of the week shenanigans (take over the world, start WWIII, kill all mutants, sink Japan...), and even Magneto falls more in this category when he shows up. In his defence, he appears to want vengeance for the X-Men turning him into a toddler and then locking him up. Thinking about that, it's probably a good thing he got to go back to his villanous ways, since this kind of child abuse is really a PR disaster waiting to happen. Not that mutants have such a bad rep at this point, they seem to work with the authorities just fine, and even get called up when the Avengers are busy elsewhere.
Still, it's kind of weird when they go and recruit 13 year old Kitty Pride. Not necessarily because they're mutants, but because she leaves home and moves in with a bunch of strangers who look like they're at least 30 and subject her to training that would kill her if she ever for one second messed up the use of her power. Of course, the alternative to her was apparently Dazzler, who seems to have the power of Disco. Between that and walking through walls I know what I'd want in a fight.
Edited by Juan AS, 26 June 2014 - 03:49 AM.