This has been a pretty light week for my pull file. I won’t lie. I picked up four books, and none of them exactly blew me away. I’m exhausted with, and now thoroughly disinterested in Edge of the Spiderverse. At this point, I’m sticking with it mostly because I’m too lazy to adjust my pull file, and I’m holding out some hope that they’ll start condensing that unwieldy behemoth back into a manageable story arc before Marvel hits the reset button. I don’t know that I think any single aspect of the book is bad, it’s just–as I said–unwieldy. The story has become far too convoluted, even by comic book standards, and there are far too many characters for the pages to contain at this point.
Harley Quinn had a special Valentine’s Day issue, and while it had its usual Harley-esque charm, there wasn’t a lot to the book. You generally don’t expect anything really ground-breaking in a special edition, but this was still mostly forgettable for me.
The New Suicide Squad has been on a downslope the last few issues. The writing has been uneven, and the art has been downright poor. This issue seemed to stabilize the story arc somewhat, and that was nice, and necessary, but if you’re paying attention to DC news, you know they’re planning to shift the Suicide Squad roster once again. That seems to pull the rug out from whatever momentum this current group could possibly be gaining, and I guess it really does do exactly that. If I’m going to make the choice to be an optimist, however, I will say that the new cast could offer some potential. If you haven’t heard, it’s going to be Parasite, Black Hand, Poison Ivy, Reverse Flash, Cheetah, and an apparently unnamed Talon from The Court of the Owls. While many of those characters are problematic under the traditional Suicide Squad M.O., I think this cast offers a little bit of name recognition, but with perhaps more of a chance for character development, and that could be interesting.
If you haven’t been reading Star Wars, you really should, at least if you’re a fan of the franchise. It’s been done in a way that feels fresh, and still true to the good trilogy. For that reason, I picked up the Darth Vader #1 spinoff. It didn’t add a lot to the ongoing plot, but it did give you a different perspective on what’s happened so far. I don’t think the writing was as good as what we’ve seen in Star Wars’ first two issues. Some of the dialogue is heavy handed, even for a Sith lord, but it’s entertaining, and I think it makes for a fuller picture of the story to this point.
That’s all for this week. Here’s holding out hope for next week.