I’ve been dropping books that I’ve been reading for years. I toughed it out through the nightmare that was the New 52 in the hopes that things would get better, but in some books they just haven’t.
I’m about to drop Nightwing and Flash, which have been two of my favorite books for over a decade. I can’t stand the Ric Grayson story arc. As with so much in DC these days it has a great and interesting premise but the execution is just disappointing. I don’t think it’s handling the topic of traumatic brain injuries well, and I don’t care at all for Ric’s personality. As for the Flash, I’ve just found the recent story lines boring. I dropped Justice League months ago, and I’m not reading a single Green Lantern title for the first time in ages.
The problem with a lot of current books, for me, is that they just don’t have any heart to them. They’re all about big sweeping story lines and universe shattering events, and there isn’t any focus on the human aspect of the story. They don’t treat the characters with respect, either. Some books seem like they were written by someone whose only knowledge of a character came from a wikipedia article (Kyle Rayner in Omega Men, Dick Grayson in Grayson, Roy Harper in…pretty much anything since 2010 or so, etc.)
I also hate the fact that DC can’t seem to keep an artist on a book for a single story arc, much less a decent run! It’s so jarring to pick up the next issue in the middle of a story and have it be drastically different in art style, but that’s kind of become the norm for DC. They also don’t always do a great job of picking an artist whose style fits the book.
In the interest of keeping things from being a DC hate fest, I am loving the new Young Justice book! I’ve missed this team ever since it disbanded and was replaced by the 2003 Teen Titans series (speaking of writers who don’t know their characters…). I’ve also been consistently happy with the current run of Wonder Woman and the new Justice League Dark book.