Avenging Spider-Man #6, The Punisher #10 (2011), Daredevil #11 (2011): The three-part The Omega Effect storyline is, honestly, remembered for one joke. It’s fine, but does nothing for any of the characters.
Batman ’89 #2: Pure fun.
Batman & Captain America: This had no right to be this good. John Byrne works magic to make Captain America feel like a DC character, especially a wartime DC character. And somehow this spun off into the Superman & Batman: Generations series.
Batman: Face the Face (Detective Comics #817-820, Batman#651-654): Between the end of a crisis and the start of One Year Later, Batman left Gotham City under the protection of a cured and healed Harvey Dent. Why? *shrug emoji* When Batman returns, someone starts killing villains, and all eyes are on Harvey. Is he the killer, or is someone else pulling the strings? I get why Two-Face fans would dig this, but it is not for me. It attempting to do too much and only serves to accomplish some of it.
Carnage #6-16: There’s a slight dip in the middle, but it’s needed to introduce new characters and set the stage for the big battle. It’s also good to see one creative team throughout the run.
Catwoman #1-4 (1989): This tragic retelling of Selina’s origin ties directly into Batman: Year One, while wrapping up some loose ends from that book and laying seeds for other writers to water down the line.
Chase #1-3: Sadly this did not hold my interests. I might come back though, if only because there are a total of 10 issues.
Daredevil #66-76: Matt visits Karen in LA, guilt trips her, then runs back home to work a politically charged case. As always, Matt’s a dick. Roy Thomas has left the book, and I’m not that keen on the new direction under Gerry Conway. Also, Matt is a real piece of shit.
Dark Ages #1: To save the planet, Dr. Strange makes a major mistake, casting the world into shadow. Seven years later, the story begins.
DC Comics: Bombshells #10-18: I get why the stories bounce around so much, but I do wish they stuck with the characters for more than one issue at a time before jumping to elsewhere on the front then back again.
Detective Comics #411 and Batman #232: The first appearances of Talia and Ra’s al Ghul. The Talia issue has its moments, but the Ra’s one is a stone-cold classic. And I will never back down from the idea that Ra’s initially calls Batman “Detective” from a place of sarcasm. By the end it is a title of honor, but those first few times, hmm, they seem suspect.
Extreme Carnage, parts 1-4 (Alpha, Scream, Phage, and Lasher): It starts out with an interesting hook, then sort of loses focus by the middle. Can’t say I’ll read parts 5-8.
Fantastic Four #29 (1961): Starts a little silly then ends on the moon. It’s an odd one, but a fun read.
Hellblazer #5: It’s interesting seeing John so utterly helpless in the face of terror.
The Avengers #1-12 (1996)
Captain America #1-12 (1996)
Fantastic Four #2-12 (1996)
Iron Man #1-12 (1996)
Fantastic Four starts out incredibly strong. Stronger than it has any right to be. But it loses its focus after the Namor issues, and drops the ball once Wildstorm absorbs the Liefeld series.
Iron Man was okay to a point, but it had too much to do between the Iron Man characters, Hulk characters, introducing Rebel, and focusing on Doom in the later issues.
Captain America is a steaming pile of crap, even after Liefeld departs. And the whole series winds up being one retcon after another.
Avengers is forgettable at best and childish at worst.
Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year One #13-18: So I can only do this series in small doses. Tom Taylor is taking his time building this world, which is good, but the issues at play are complex and each side his to grow naturally. But some characters are way out-of-character, even for an alternate reality.
Kurt Busiek's Astro City #14-20 (1996): This is The Tarnished Angel storyline, and man is it sooooo damn good.
Magneto #1-6: With his powers vastly decreased, Magneto wages a one-man war on any human who would dare stand against mutantkind — including those turning humans into Sentinals. Again.
Nightwing #84: Part one of a three-part tie-in for Fear State. Ton Taylor’s pacing is a little off from his norm, but there’s a lovely moment between Batman and Nightwing, an old Nightwing side character makes their return, and Barbara is back in action.
The Pro: Before The Boys, Garth Ennis used The Pro to smear superheroes all over the place in a post 9/11 world. It doesn’t hold up so well ~20 years later, but some of the messaging still resonates and Amanda Conner is unmatched.
Robin #6 (2021): The tournament has begun. That’s it.
Ruins #1-2: It seemingly runs out of steam. Sad that, ‘cause it’s an interesting idea as a tarnished mirror held up to Marvels.
Seven Secrets #7-12: This needs to lean into the secrets a little more, but the action is great and there are a lot of ideas being threaded throughout the book. But it might have crossed one too many bridges for me. It keeps breaking reality — or, the rules of reality — and I’m not sure I can keep up.
Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #3-5: This What If…? tale does not end as one would expect, and the whole experience really could have been two issues. That said, it’s cool seeing Marvel bring back a line of What If…? comics.
Spider-Woman #5-10 (2015): The opening story takes a dark, real-world turn. The the book has to end for Secret Wars. It picks back up in the 2016 series, but this is a great slice of what it will become.
Spider-Woman #1-5 (2016): Roughly one year after the end of the 2015 series, Jessica is nine months pregnant and finds herself in a Die Hard-like situation… in a Men-in-Black-like maternity ward… in the middle of a blackhole… with no one to save her. And it is soooo much fun.
Superman ’78 #2: They did the Superman II thing and I love that they said, “Fuck it! Let’s do it.”
Superman & Batman: Generations #1-4: The final issue is a little too quick, but the miniseries overall is a love letter to the original versions of Superman, Batman, and their supporting characters. Byrne pulls a mega-swerve that’s setup from pretty much page one, and it is excellent to see it play out.
Superman: Son of Kal-El #3: They’re beginning to position Jon as the Superman of Earth, with Clark possibly erased from history in the near future.
The Terminator: Sector War #1-4: On the same night Sarah Conner was fighting for her life in LA, a police officer in New York was doing the same. The manga-inspired art is a nice treat, but it takes no more than 15 minutes to read this whole useless thing.
What If…? #8-10: Issue number nine was my very first What If…?, so this little run has a special place in my heart.
What If…?: Why Not: A collection of What If? stories from 2005, consisting of What If Karen Page Had Lived?, What If General Ross Had Become The Hulk?, What If Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?, What If Magneto and Professor X Had Formed The X-Men Together?, What If Dr. Doom Had Become The Thing?, and What If Aunt May Had Been Killed Instead of Uncle Ben? They’re all solid stories, but the Spider-Man one is a bit weak for me.
Witchblade #80-85: Ron Marz begins his tenure on the title, and it’s a fine entry point to Sara’s world. It’s not the best, but it opens doors for new readers just fine.
Wonder Woman #1-6 (2011): The start of the Brian Azzarello run does an excellent job setting up new mysteries surrounding Wonder Woman and her family.
X-Men: Fatal Attractions (X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, , Wolverine #75, Excalibur #71): This is way better than I had hoped it would be. My memory held this in esteem because it’s the first X-Men crossover I ever read, but it is still good all these decades later.
January: 157 February: 125 March: 185 April: 131 May: 177 June: 86 July: 97 August: 128 September: 188 TOTAL: 1274