Thanks to Rafael Sanz for pointing out the Ifanboy article above.
This is really sad because I think these are 7 really strong and diverse titles.
Doom Patrol – This is a title that only got better over time. The opportunity to see how the Chief messed with the heads of his team and that they eventually broke away from that really connected me to this group. As Giffen started to really spotlight the characters, I really started to love this twisted little title. Matthew Clark has been fantastic on art. It brought in some of the coolness of the Morrison run while bringing in all of the nutty history of the Doom Patrol. This book made sense of it all and made you see how these characters work in a modern setting. Negative Man was my personal favorite character in this book. Although the issues involving the betrayal of Elasti Girl by Steve Dayton and the Chief were really stellar.
JSA All Stars – Freddie E. Williams II is a long time friend of the show and amazing artist. I love the Vertigo and Shadowpact work of Matthew Sturgis. This team has been really interesting to follow. It started off with Magog and Power Girl breaking off into a strike force. This team was having a tough time adjusting to Magog. As a reader, this book and Magog’s solo title seemed to mirror each other in the development of the character. Seeing the rest of the JSA react to Magog in a way that I was feeling added a sense of realism to the book. When he eventually was booted from the team, they grew together as a family and we saw the return of favorites like Atom Smasher and Sand. It also led to the intro of cool character Anna Fortune who has a rich connection to Dr. Fate. As the team came together and grew closer, so did my connection to the title.
R.E.B.E.L.S.- This book is pure classic Space Opera. Issue after issue was filled with intrigue and political drama. I love the sense of an expanded DCU that I got from this title. Tony Bedard did some amazing work at Valiant with Rai and Magnus and it just felt right. I was really sold on this with the Starro Annual came out. Something about that issue just “clicked” what this series was all about. I was a big fan of the minis put together by Jim Starlin so when charcters such as Captain Comet and Adam Strange started to pop into the book, my enjoyment just increased.
Freedom Fighters – It’s an amazing title by the writing team and colorist of Jonah Hex. I am baffled by this one due to how early in the series it is. It seems too soon to cancel it. I genuinely recommend seeking out the minis that preceeded this series and the issues so far. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters show us a dark side to the DCU where we often wonder how they are going to survive, much less win the battle. There is something interesting about the idea that there are secret weapons hidden from various eras in a conspiracy to bring down our country. This has one of those who can you trust flavors and what mysteries are still to come.
Azrael – I have to admit that I don’t pay much attention to sales numbers. I buy what I enjoy and hope the series lasts. With this being a Bat related title, I thought it would be safe. This reminded me of what I liked about the great Simon Dark series. It showed us a different take on Batman’s work. It also reminded us why Gotham City is still a battle against some of the darkest forces. I really liked the focus on religion and how faith means we can’t always confirm what is fact. This is another series that I think needs to be read as a whole to be appreciated for what it is. Fabian Nicieza and then David Hine really did a great job with this one and took some cool risks. It always had some fantastic art as well.
Batman : Streets of Gotham- I was kind of assuming it would be ending after the Heart of Hush follow up. I am sad to see Dini without a Batman title. His work has been very solid. I hope we see some minis from him when his schedule loosens up. I am glad he is still on Zatanna. When they announced all the new Batman titles. It seemed like this one was being set aside. I think this one had nothing to do with sales numbers. As I said, I hope we get Dini back on a Bat title at some point.
Batman Confidential-I adored Legends of the Dark Knight and this series had much of the same flavor. It’s always nice to have a Batman ongoing that just focuses on telling interesting Batman stories that aren’t trapped by continuity. I also think it gives the creative teams a chance to play around with the whole Bat Universe and have some fun with it. I felt this title was always a solid read with some arcs being real stand outs.
I like my reading library diverse and it’s always sad to see titles that add to that being cancelled. These are all books I genuinely got enjoyment from. I look forward to seeing the next projects from the creators involved.