My library system has a fantastic collection of graphic novels and trade paperbacks. With so much to choose from and so many possible books to get caught up on, I was wondering if anyone here could give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the following:
Any of the DC Showcase or Marvel Essentials books - the big black & white reprint editions I know there's a lot of them, and I don't mean any specific ones. I was just wondering if anybody has a thought on reading these stories in black and white.
Arana (the new Spider Girl)
The revamped Jessica Drew
Ms Marvel of the 2000s
Green Arrow/Black Canary
Here are some of the books I've already checked out or bought and read:
The Spirit Archives Vol. 1 & 2 (Classic stories - but I have a hard time with the Ebony character)
Diana Prince - Wonder Woman (1970s) (or "Doctor, I have this mysterious I Ching") - can't believe I actually liked these when I read them thirty years ago. "Mod", but without much consiousness-raising.
Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes (I find the "I'm-just-dreaming-all-of-you-up" SG very endearing, but Kitson's art is sometimes a little rushed seeming)
Supergirl (current series) (A mixed bag. Some of the earlier stories seem a little perverse. The later stories by Sterling Gates are the best, but Igle's art, as good as it can sometimes be, is also a bit inconsistent)
Batgirl Vol 1 (I really like this. I've actually read it twice and may be up for a third time through. Too bad I have to wait till May 2011 for Vol 2 to come out)
Birds of Prey (Between Dark and Dawn, The Battle Within, Perfect Pitch, Blood and Circuits, Dead of WInter, Club Kids) (Usually pretty entertaining, if sometimes a little too hard-boiled, stories. Writing is generally better than the art, IMO, but I love Nicola Scott's stuff for the most part. I don't like looking at people through Ed Bene's eyes, except for the faces which are usually lovely.)
52 Vol 1 (Involving, but too violent for me. Doubt if I'll read the rest.)