I'm tapped out of ideas, so I thought I'd take stock of what I'm up to on my readership of the New 52 titles and share with you guys.
Justice League - Picking up monthly. I like this well enough, and I am actually a fan of Jim Lee's art. Its not exactly screaming "epic" to me at this time, but its a good enough read. I just wish it were $3.
Action Comics - Picking up monthly and still, likely, my favorite of the New 52. But I'm pre-disposed to Morrison, Superman, exploration of the character through a new lens, etc... But the art, story, etc... have all worked well for me.
Animal Man - Picking up monthly. This and Swamp Thing have been the biggest shockers of the New 52 for me. A great fantasy-horror read.
Batgirl - I'll try the trade of the first issues. The first issue was somewhat not in my wheelhouse, but I dug the energy Simone brough to the book.
Batwing - I was SHOCKED by how much I liked the first issue and may pick up the trade.
Detective Comics - No.
Green Arrow - Likely not, and the changes on the creative team by issue 3 tell me this isn't something I want to delve into.
Hawk and Dove - I'm afraid not.
Justice League International - I did not care for the first issue. I don't get why they launched this book now.
Men of War - I've seen some people rave about this book, but its a bastardization of DC war books, and I find the premise and carry through equally... not my thing.
O.M.A.C. - Another shocker. I'm picking this up monthly. How is it Dan Didio is associated with a book I find this wacky and enjoyable?
Static Shock - utter disappointment. I am not picking up this trade.
Stormwatch - no.
Swamp Thing - Monthly, and YES. This is a good continuation of the Swamp Thing I enjoyed in college and in trades with an all-new spin. I think it's advisable to read this book alongside Animal Man.
Batman and Robin - In trade. I liked the set-up for the first issue, so I decided to continue on with this, but as a collection.
Batwoman - Monthly. In Trade. I don't care. All of the above. The most strikingly beautiful book I can think of coming out right now. And I quite like the story, too.
Deathstroke - No.
Demon Knights - Trade. Absolutely. I'm hearing great things on this one from trusted sources.
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. - Ha ha ha. Yeah, I really, really like this book. Its crazy monster-laden mayhem. And I want to see more of The Bride.
Green Lantern - I went all trade on GL over a year ago, so... continuing on.
Grifter - This character has never done anything for me. So I haven't tried this out and don't plan to.
Legion Lost - I read Legion Lost 2, and didn't care for it, either. Disappointing. I'm done.
Mister Terrific - Also a disappointment, and no.
Red Lanterns - The first issue was a dud.
Resurrection Man - Nope.
Suicide Squad - Nada. Really, really did not like the first issue.
Superboy - This is a surprising take on the old "Superboy is a clone" idea, and I think its building on both comics and sci-fi ideas that are pretty keen. And giving me a Superboy who I WANT to see grow as a character. Give it a shot. I'm getting it monthly.
Batman - I liked the first issue well enough. Picking this up in trades.
Birds of Prey - No. I just... this sort of book with the faux-Mission: Impossible vibe is sort of much harder to pull off well than creators seem to realize. You can always feel the limitations of the writer all over these things.
Blue Beetle - Sigh. I'm getting the first trade out of solidarity with Jaime and my hopes that volume 2 will get more solid footing.
Captain Atom - I don't know. What should I do on this one?
Catwoman - Not really my bag of Meow Mix.
DC Universe Presents - Haven't read it. Opinions?
Green Lantern Corps - picking up the trade.
Legion of Super-Heroes - picking up the trade.
Nightwing - If someone tells me this is better than I thought, I MAY consider the trade, but the first issue was sorta bland.
Red Hood and the Outlaws - No. Good golly, nothing about this is anything I care about.
Supergirl - What a colossal disappointment. I don't think I'm getting the trade, even to have a complete Supergirl collection. And already DC's PR on this seems like its spinning the "no, you really like this! We swear!" angle on the series. I see a revamp by issue 12.
Wonder Woman - I confess, I really like this book so far despite my misgivings. I did not think I would. But I'm picking it up monthly. Its kinda good, ya'll.
All Star Western - Kind of not my thing after 2 issues.
Aquaman - I'll get the trade. Geoff Johns' relaunching stuff is almost a guilty pleasure akin to my secret love of Kanye.
Batman: The Dark Knight - No.
Blackhawks - No. Airplanes now or I don't buy the series.
The Flash - I am doing Flash trades.
The Fury of Firestorm - No. The first issue was sort of terrible.
Green Lantern: New Guardians - Haven't read issue 1 yet. Man, I'm behind.
I, Vampire - I don't think so.
Justice League Dark - Again, I don't think so.
The Savage Hawkman - Yet again, I don't think so.
Superman - You know, screw you guys. I like this book. Its keen. Modern Superman with modern Lois? Sure. And I dig the world building they're doing.
Teen Titans - Not my cuppa. Also, it was kind of dumb.
Voodoo - You'd think "alien stripper" would be high on my list, but I didn't read issue 1 yet. Should do so.
Monthly: 10 titles. I don't know how many monthly titles I was getting before the New 52, but I think it was more than this.
Trades: 10 trades. This is more than what I was picking up as trades from DC before the relaunch.
So I guess that leaves roughly 10 titles upon which I have to do more research or make up my mind.
Some monthly titles I am picking up that aren't DC's New 52:
Star Trek/ Legion of Super-Heroes crossover (IDW)
Moongirl (Red 5)
and other assorted titles.
I don't want to stray into the "trades" or "graphic novels" discussion here, because that looks significantly different, and will involve a whole conversation about my backlog of good intentions with trades.