No spoilers in this review - it's short and sweet.
Ultimate Comics Spidey 200
I wasn’t fussed about this. Too much blathering about Peter and not enough character moments or story.
Harley Quinn 5
Fun, but not outstanding.
The start of a new arc that I am not feeling the love for.
Batman and Aquaman 29
This was good. The art was spectacular and it had enough Arthur in it to push Bats out of the limelight, so I was happy.
Batman and Wonder Woman 30
Also pretty good. The art wasn’t so great but it’s always a pleasure to see Batman and Wondy together.
Wonder Woman 30
The Amazons are back but Hippolyta isn’t. This didn’t have the thrill of last month’s issue but was solid enough.
I think I’m losing enthusiasm for some of my pull list because I know I’m going to have to cancel them soon. We won’t have enough money for me to keep buying comics and we certainly don’t have the space. Because I know I’m going to spend a few years out of the loop I don’t want to read monthly instalments, I want to get lost in big story arcs and hundreds of issues at a time.
For example, I’m reading Secret Invasion and all associated tie–ins (about 100 issues) at the moment. I read Civil War and House of M recently as I’m trying to get a handle on the Marvel universe. I’m not going to the dark side, I still prefer the DC universe, but I’m enjoying what I’m reading. The most enjoyable issues so far are Secret Invasion itself, New Avengers, Front Line, Runaways & Young Avengers and the Spidey tie-in. Guardians of the Galaxy, the group that Black Bolt belongs to and Deadpool are not as bad as I thought they’d be, but I am not finding myself moved enough to really care about the characters. I am very much enjoying the chaos of the secret invasion.
But back to my pull list. I am currently getting:
Forever Evil, Supergirl (and the Red Lanterns with Kara in) Wonder Woman, Adventures of Superman, Larfleeze, Batman/Superman, Smallville (although I haven’t read it in, I get it on comixology so can catch up at any time), Hawkeye, X-Men, Danger Club, Princeless, Revival.
Of these, I’m going to cancel Larfleeze, X-Men and Revival immediately. Forever Evil has just one issue to go so I may as well get that. Hawkeye I will cancel after the June issue as that’s the ASL issue. I don’t know what’s happening with Princeless or Danger Club but I expect to cancel those from the end of May. Smallville I will continue to get as and when on comixology. Wonder Woman I will stop getting once Azzarello and Chiang have left.
That leaves me with Supergirl, Red Lanterns, Adventures of Superman and Batman/Superman. The latter two of which I love, the former two I buy out of a sense of misguided loyalty. I have to decide whether to keep these on my pull list, cancel the whole pull list and just pop in to buy issues as time and money allows, or whether to go fully digital. I’m very sad about having to reduce my reading, but money and the baby take precedence. My problem is I really don’t have a clue how life will change once the baby arrives, other than being very busy and sleep deprived. That's not really any sort of idea though, is it?