As 2013 ratchets to a close, I can’t help but look ahead at 2014 and to all the new comic series that are coming to us from Marvel and DC. There are so many titles that I’m looking forward to that I just can’t decide what to pick up and what to pass on. What I can do however, is take a hard look at my pull-list in its current incarnation and make some much-needed cuts to make room for the new arrivals. Their exits will be immediate and their absence on the Rankings will take place in the next edition. So which series did I decide to give the old heave-ho and why?
Justice League Dark – This title is going to be caught-up in an 18 Part crossover with three other titles that I have no interest in. Perhaps I’ll bring it back to my pull-list when that is over.
Red Hood and the Outlaws – The current direction of this book is just not doing it for me and with a new writer on the horizon I thought now was the perfect time to abandon ship.
Batman ’66 – A Digital First title with a $3.99 price tag that is not essential compared to other titles.
Adventures of Superman – Ditto.
Batman: The Dark Knight – My lowest ranked Batman title. It has moments of brilliance but some of its storylines drag on for far too long. Looking at future solicitations, none of the upcoming arcs interest me.
Damian: Son of Batman – This mini has been a disappoint for me and I don’t feel like spending the $3.99 price tag to see it to its conclusion.
Teen Titans – My second worst DC title I read gets the axe. Maybe if a new writer comes on board I’ll give it another shot.
Superman Unchained – The worst DC title that I have on my pull-list is a no brainer drop.
That reduces my pull-list from 39 to 31, albeit 3 of the 31 are mini-series which will be ending in the next few months.
Indestructible Hulk – This series has multiple problems: the ever-changing art team and the constant catering to the latest event. Not even Waid can save this title from execution any longer.
Mighty Avengers – I already have too many Avengers books and this one has my least favourite cast.
Secret Avengers – My lowest Ranked non-mini Marvel title.
That reduces my pull-list from 24 to 21, albeit 7 of the 21 will be ending in the next few months.
Mudman – This series hasn’t had an issue see release since August so I’m dropping it from the Rankings until it gets back on track.
Danger Club – Same except this one hasn’t seen an issue since April.
That reduces my pull-list from 23 to 21, albeit 8 of the 21 will be ending in the next few months.
So the end result is me waving goodbye to 13 series. Think I should have saved any of them from execution? Let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, until next time…Happy Reading!
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