Aquaman: Maelstrom is already a wish come true: solid storytelling, personable characters, subtle exploration of political themes. But the story is halfway to close! When it passes, or maybe as it progresses, why not explore the supporting cast and environment? Nasty though Atlantis may be at it’s core, a slice-of-life story in this sinister city could provide another level of the self-inspection that Aquaman has thus far offered–and give us a chance to hang out with some of the awesome Atlantean side characters we’ve seen so far.
Arkham Manor: Right now, Arkham Manor has been running at a sprint with poor, poor form. If it keeps going at this speed, it’s going to hurt itself. The art is inconsistent and harried, and the writing ranges from average to untactful. Duggan and Crystal would do well, as far as this reader is concerned, to keep the more focused, traditional pace they’ve fallen into in the third issue and just jog to the finish line. This New Year, don’t try to set any records, Arkham Manor; just focus on finishing and hit the showers.
Green Lantern Corps: In the Godhead Saga, GLC has lost it’s flavor as a title–frustrating for new readers, but also promising. When the story finishes and Convergence passes, this intergalactic title should use it’s inherently universal nature to tell some stories that matter. DC is already reaching for more inclusive casts in it’s comics, and there’s no better place for oddballs to come in than out on the final frontier, where preconceptions have to be dismantled by default! Use Green Lantern Corps as an unsubtle, unabashed platform for inclusivity and political discussion; there’s never been a more important time to take risks, and who else could we trust with the willpower to see those risks through, to represent and defend everyone?
Klarion: In it’s current incarnation, Klarion feels like a diamond being used as slingshot ammo. Certainly, it has a use. Certainly, it would hurt the target more than some other things you could put in a slingshot, but it could be so much more as a diamond. The title is due for a cancellation, so my hope is simply that it ends reparably and gets put in a nice velvet-lined box until a real jeweler can find it.
Multiversity: It’s hard to know what to hope for Multiversity when so much has been delivered already. The one thing that stands out is that thus far, in all the worlds, in any universe, Morrison has delicately avoided queer main protagonists. The Just would have been a prime opportunity to skip the jokes and the hints and give us a universe where Batman and Superman are BFFs and a little more. A throwaway line in Thunderworld could have provided a young, heroic lesbian figure for the young, heroic lesbian readers. It would be nice to be reached for as a queer audience by a top-selling title, and not just winked or laughed at. Morrison’s got the chops to do it. With great power…
Secret Six: As of this writing, Simone’s reborn series is minutes out of the re-womb. Based on the first issue, though, fingers are crossed that the art quality finds the highest standard it can meet and stays there. Fluctuating or unsure art chases audiences away from titles, especially alternate titles. With the “drop it like it’s hot” cancellation policy DC has in place, a title led by a bisexual protagonist can’t afford to lose those readers. For Simone’s part, hopes are high for a fun storyline–but also something a little weird and a lot unique.
Supergirl: Supergirl is satisfied with itself. It’s come a long way! Right now, it’s got a loved, complex protagonist surrounded by a round supporting cast, beautiful pacing, realistic dialogue, gorgeous art, a strong female-driven creative team–Supergirl has it all! Goals for this year are just to hang on to that level of awesome–no small feat, but the Girl of Steel can certainly manage.
Upstate New York writer, reviewer and comics creator. For dates for “crying about robots”, “crying about Batman”, or “crying about jean jackets”, please check your local venue for the show near you!