I was talking to a guy recently who doesn't read my weekly comic book review column or my blog on a regular basis and he (let's call him Dustin) remarked that I don't really write negative reviews about the comics I read. And, although I do slam books regularly, his words got me to thinking that maybe I don't write enough about the comics I actually don't like. That said, here's a list of comics I currently detest:
Justice Society of America and/or JSA All-Stars: The JSA worked well under the talented pen of Geoff Johns -- but he's gone and now the current creative teams just seem content to revel in lameness. Stale villains, bland action sequences, terrible dialogue and characterization that's just wrong. I love the team and even I can't read this shit anymore.
Milestone Forever No. 1: I liked a few of the titles published by this multicultural imprint of DC back in the day, but I was never a rabid fan. This book marks the return of the company's characters, and it's just awful. Elementary art from Mark Bright and an incredibly corny story line that works or fails based on your affection for the Milestone pantheon of heroes and villains. I have no affection for the folks, so the nostalgia doesn't move me.
The Hulk: Who is Red Hulk? Who gives a shit?! Writer Jeph Loeb and Marvel have been stretching this story out for so long, whoever ends up being revealed as the man behind the red bad guy -- even if it's Jean Grey or something -- won't be worth the wait.
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