The unsatisfying end of Birds of Prey: At Irrelevant Comics, Yan Basque gripes about Birds of Prey #13, which ended up being the unintended last issue of the current volume of the series, save for a two-issue fill-in before September’s relaunch. Basque counts up the number of different pencil artists involved with the series, and how often the artists who actually drew the issues matched the artists who were advertised as the ones who would be drawing them. It’s not a very good record. Meanwhile, at House To Astonish, in the course of his weekly “X-Axis” review column, Paul O’Brien also notes that the book seemed to be written without any knowledge that it would actually be the end of writer Gail Simone’s tenure on the book, and, perhaps, the end of this pre-reboot verison of the book and team. It does raise the question of how long ago DC decided to relaunch the line, and how many creators they actually shared that info with. Did they know a year ago? If so, one wonders why they bothered working so hard to give so many characters new status quos in Brightest Day-branded books, if they were going to start over again in one short year.
Don MacPherson on DC’s fall line-up: In addition to looking at the books themselves, MacPherson looks at DC’s public relations of the matter, applauding the way they’ve dominated comics news and managed to keep a tight lid on such a big thing, and noting that they unfortunately let others (like Newsarama) name their new initiative, instead of branding it themselves.
Hundreds of words about Superman: Tim O’Neil talks about the Man of Steel’s greatest strengths in a pair of posts, here and here (And, in the process, points to some excellent Superman comics, some of which are often overlooked). Meanwhile, at The Comics Journal, John Hilgart talks at length about Superman’s face.