I picked up a handful of DC's releases this week.
For clarification purposes - I did not pick up:
Batwing - I really, really do not care for Judd Winick. I am sorry. He has enough of my money.
Detective Comics - I will pick up in collected format. No need to spend money twice.
Green Arrow - I don't plan to get this. I will have to hear sterling reviews. The preview didn't grab me.
Hawk & Dove - Same as Green Arrow. The concept didn't grab me from descriptions.
What I read tonight (which wasn't Action Comics, which we'll get to later):
Animal Man: This was the best issue of those I read this evening, and was strongly recommended by Brandon of Austin Books. This reminded me of early-era Vertigo, mixing superheroics with perhaps horror and a bit of a mature approach to characters as three-dimensional people. The comic touches loosely upon Buddy Baker's past inside and outside of the stories and his publishing history (one and the same to him, uniquely, I'd say), and sets some genuinely mind-boggling stuff creating a tremendous hook for what's to come. I'm definitely onboard for the next few issues.
Batgirl: A title I've been very nervous about. If I can be frank, sometimes Simone can be a little precious for my tastes with things she just loves (and I'm not yet sold on). And I'm a bit disappointed in the loss of Oracle. But this is a different DCU, and I think this is a fair, sharp start to what seems to be a promising new series while embracing the classic Batgirl concept of bright, capable young woman whose greatest gift is overcoming self-doubt to get the job done.
Justice League International: There's a whole lot to swallow here that doesn't make much sense to longtime readers and is spoken of elliptically in an unuseful way for new readers,with some oddly herky-jerky pacing. We don't really meet any of the team members except for a "flirty" Lady Godiva who seems plucked from a late-80's/ early-90's comic, and the comic feels more like its playing hide the ball than setting up genuine mysteries. Throw in the fact that its a sort of legacy team based upon a Justice League we won't see for 6-12 months, and its an odd fit. I'm just not very excited by this one. That said, its still a brisk read, and it does more to set the foundations than Justice League #1.
Stormwatch: Sadly, all this book did was remind me of why I quit reading The Authority for any number of reasons almost exactly a decade ago. While the book certainly feels like how I remember Authority, I now remember that I haven't really missed anything about WildStorm's approach since giving up on them a while back. Some day I should write a post about how The Midnighter is either an absolutely genius critique of the past 20 years' worth of approach to Batman, or possibly the most egregious example of someone's unconscious Batman ripoff character from their middle-school notebook actually making it into print. And I don't think either fits very neatly into the DCU proper.
Still to come:
OMAC, Men of War, Static Shock, Action Comics