Bottom of the Pile: April 15th, 2015
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers
"See Nextwave." Or, y'know, don't. It's awful. That said, alongside Ms. Marvel, Mighty Avengers may just have the market cornered on how to do diversity without pissing anyone off. Yeah, Falcap is still a mistake (introducing him during Axis was an awful idea) but it's not that often you get this many A-tier (in power, at least) heroes from so many diverse backgrounds. And giving the REAL Captain Marvel her own story arc? Even if I disliked what I read of Nextwave, I just can't get mad at this.
Convergence - Aquaman
Convergence - Batman: Shadow of the Bat
This may be our first random continuity error. Since when did Azrael go around wearing the Bat Suit after Bruce took the costume back? I know Jean-Paul became obsessive and decided that he was the "only Batman", but that only lead to Bruce giving out a proper Bat-beatdown. After that, I was pretty sure he abandoned it and eventually went to the "Avenging Angel" look again? I could be mistaken--I was six when they first told this story.
Convergence - Catwoman
1.) As silly as Selena's purple costume is, it's visually distinctive and having it back even for a couple issues is actually really nice. The more I think about it, the more I realize it was somewhat ridiculous to get rid of it--this one's just as functional, it just also happens to accept the fact that in a medium like comic books its okay to embrace your silliness. Plus it avoids all those stupid depictions of Selena with her cat-suit zipped all the way down to her navel.
2.) Intentional or not, it's pretty cool to have the narration techniques of the 90's (where everyone over-explained everything, in actual dialogue rather than narration boxes or thought bubbles) aped for these issues.
Convergence - Green Arrow
Convergence - Parallax
Convergence - Justice League International
I've never really gotten this trope. I guess it's supposed to place more pressure on the heroes, but really it just makes me wonder how stupid you have to be to complain to the guy who just got a broken arm saving you and the lives of those around you.
Convergence - Supergirl
Of course, there's the flipside of that.
Convergence - Superboy
For the longest time, Superboy was mostly just a generic "new generation" hero to me, until I spent the summer of '07 reading all the 90's teen hero comics--Robin, Young Justice, Superboy. The Kid had such a neat personality--he was so realistic as a teenager and yet at the same time he took his job as a hero seriously. It helped quite a bit that the first half of Karl Kesel's run surrounded him with a likable, relatable supporting cast--and the second half was this Kirby-inspired romp of super sci-fi insanity. The latter part of his series took a bit of an unfortunate turn, and the changes Geoff Johns made basically turned him into a completely different, much more humorless, person--but for 80+ issues or so the guy was basically one of my favorite superheroes. And to have him back, even for just these two issues, made me happier than I can honestly put into words.
Convergence - Steel
HA! Told you. He was too pretty to be a good guy.
Superior Iron Man
That was the first half of Matt Fraction's (genius) Invincible Iron Man run. We did this already. Why are we doing it again? More importantly, why is it that since the 90's Marvel has had this thing about making Tony Stark into a horrible person? He works better as a "Big Good" type guy--incredibly powerful armor, the resources to help out whenever someone needs it--and yet this keeps happening. The Crossing. Civil War. Axis. It's literally been every decade. Knock it off, guys. :(
As the Combiner War continues, Prowl has officially turned into a bigger threat than Megatron. I can't help wondering if this comes from so much merging with the Constructicons, or if he was always legit nuts. Hopefully we'll see, as from what I can tell Prowl is pretty important to this entire development.