I've been browsing through Previews, and noodling around on the interwebs, and the prognosis for this coming October is not...promising. Presumably, all the giant crossovers will be coming to a thankful end, and we can get back to the business of telling stories about our favorite superheroes as opposed to indulging in company-sponsored fan-fiction, and that is a good thing. I like Elseworlds stories as much as the rest of them, but interrupting my regular books, is an indulgence that makes me go cross-eyed.
Remember graphic novels? I do. That was where DC or Marvel could come out, and put out a nice glossy book with a great story and art, and do something different from the regular books, without interrupting anything. I know that everything gets written for Trades nowadays, but what ever happened to good old graphic novels?
Books that I adore are...missing.
This makes me crabby.
I know that Loki: Agent of Asgard is finishing up more or less in August, or September, but I haven't seen a single solicitation for it, or a new book in October. This makes me VERY cranky, since it has been a really really good book. I see that Thor is going to be back, which is a good thing, since I like that as well.
But what about Squirrel Girl? God, I love Squirrel Girl. It may be my favorite book about now. I know that Howard the Duck is coming out with another number One issue, which is absurd, since I think it is only up to...four maybe? What the hell? But it is a fun book and I'm glad I will have the chance to continue to read it. Ms. Marvel is coming back I think, which is also good.
And then there is a crapload of new books, very few of which actually appeal to me. About 900 Avengers books, only 400 Spider-Man books, and a corresponding number of X-books. Yeesh.
Over at DC, things aren't looking too promising either. The new Lost Army/Green Lantern book seems pretty promising, but the regular GL with Hal is not really my cup of tea. Hal running around in a duster and long hair is just...odd. Damn odd. Call me shallow, but what the heck again?
I don't really care about Darkseid, Aquaman used to be good, but I'm dumping it. James Gordon as Batman in a bunny/moth suit doesn't really float my boat, although Sensational Wonder Woman is good, and so is Batman '66. Section Eight has been a hoot. Justice League so-so, and so on and so forth.
Perhaps I am grumbling without cause. After all, I haven't even read any of these prospective offerings yet, and here I am, kvetching at the top of my lungs and stamping my dainty feet, and using all that fan-girl privilege and such. It has to be annoying.
And yet...I want to love my comics, and I don't really see all that much that is appealing...at least not at this juncture. I guess I'll have to wait and see, and hope for the best, but that seems to be getting harder and harder to do anymore, now that I am a mean old lady, waving my cane and shrieking at people to get off my lawn.
Is anyone else hopeful, or is it just me?