Last week was the end of an era and the new one begins now! Avengers #1!!! My shop apparently didn't get Phantom Stranger 2 or Justice League Dark 14 when they came out so I picked those up and will review them. I also picked up the 2nd print of Batman 13. I typically don't touch anything but 1st prints but I can't stand the die-cut cover and made an exception... and I'm happy about it. Getting the old ones out of the way... Justice League Dark 14 - While I love this title, this issue was kinda boring for me. The focus of the title are on the three newer members (Frankenstein, Amethyst, and Orchid) and while I don't mind them, I just wasn't that entertained. Also, while not bad, Graham Nolan is no Mikel Janin. Honestly, the issue felt like a filler issue before the next chapter of the title begins. That all said, I love this series and have faith that this issue was just a fluke. Phantom Stranger 2 & 3 - So counting the old issue and the new one together... I was pretty bored. It wasn't bad but it's really hard to care about someone as omnipotant as the Phantom Stranger. The Haunted Highwayman was alright but, again, not some one I care about. The only real, major draw for me toward this title (I'm realizing) is the Spectre coming up and the ties into the upcoming Trinity War. It definately has potential though so I'm sticking with it for at least another issue or two. It might be on my short list though. I feel like this concept should be amazing but Didio isn't doing it justice, and the art team isn't really that amazing either. I'd like to see this book be one of those DC ones where the creative team shifts after a year. All New X-Men #3 - I heard some complaints on this book and it got me worried that maybe the first 2 issues were a high point but I liked it just as much as the first two. We see how Cyclops and Magneto feed Emma and we learn that their powers have been affected by the Phoenix. Some have complained about Emma's dialogue but I honestly don't see it as being that bad. I thought it was cool that Cyclops is setting up his own school (named after Xavier... out of guilt I'm guessing) at the old Weapon X facility. And of course, the conclusion brings last issue around to this one with the young X-Men meeting up with Cyke and his team while in the middle of recruiting a new mutant. It was a good issue and it's got me stoked for the next. Bendis and Immonen are blowing this title out of the water and I'm loving it. Avengers #1 - I'm curious about this title because I've never consistently gotten into the Avengers before Bendis' run. His having made me love so many of the characters, I thought I'd probably love another's voice on them now. Sadly, I don't really think that was the case. I've heard MASSIVE praise for this issue, talking about how it's the best Avengers book in 10 years. I definatly disagree. It was an alright issue, that I'll give it, but it didn't read as anything special to me. I remember people saying the same thing about Slott's Mighty and Brubaker's Secret. While good, they weren't astounding, but people made them sound like the best things ever ONLY because they weren't Bendis... and I think that's what's happening here. People are reading Avengers, knowing it isn't Bendis, and that's clouding their judgement. It was a good issue and I'll be back for the next, but that's as far as it goes for now. The book is in trial status so I'll likely give it at least 5 or 6 issues. We'll see what I think by then. Best: All New X-Men #3 - This was just a good issue all around. I think Bendis has a good grip on his characters and the direction of the book. I don't even mind that it's double shipping for the first 6 issues. It's been that enjoyable for me. Worst: Phantom Stranger #3 - Not a bad issue but I'll likely forget about it by the time the next issue comes out. I honestly don't see this title lasting long for me.