We've all had life kinda do a little unsolicited fondling and things have kinda suffered here.
That said, things are gonna change a bit, soon and I think, for the better. Vacations are being taken, people are coming back from vacation and Carey just checked out of rehab. (No. No. No. I keed.)
I shuttered my previous blog, Seven Hells!, for the simple fact that I realized Second Printing is where my heart now lies.
I'm personally working on a post that I think is pretty good and will get you thinking so yeah, we're back on track and raring to go.
That said, in honor of parachutist Great Friend Nate's big dirty canoe ride down the River Thames (or something) let us, once again, enter...
THE DROP ZONE!!!After nearly a decade of collecting, I finally dropped Birds of Prey.
This book has just been cursed for nearly two years now. After gaining stability and a rabid fanbase under writer Gail Simone, BoP has been suffering from lack of cohesion.
First, the title loses its marquee character Black Canary to The Justice League.
Second, it was announced that BoP Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane would be coming on as writer and it seemed a perfect fit. Before McKeever could come on to write there would be fill-in issues by writer Tony Bedard.
Bedard stepped in and wrote some of this title's best issues, not only keeping Bird's unique "voice" intact but seemlessly weaving Birds into the greater events of The DC Universe. Having done that, Bedard moved on stepping aside for McKeever, who almost as soon as he arrived announced he was leaving. Under McKeever, they fought a giant robot and Lady Blackhawk fought a man in a cave, resulting in a wearing down of my patience.
Enter Bedard again, who is doing his same more-than-capable work but something happened. I just can't seem to shake the fact that he still fills like the fill-in writer.
Coupling that with one of Birds of Prey's main draws, artist Nicola Scott's departure rejoining Simone on the upcoming Secret Six series and the title just sort of collapsed in on itself for me.
Also, I hate to say, the new rushed looking, manga-esque art style is doing absolutely nothing for me and despite the promise of Oracle (formerly Batgirl) taking on her crippler, The Joker, this book is unfortunately... dropped.
It makes me sad.
WHAT'S ENTERING YOUR DROP ZONE?