Power Rankings-November 2011

Top 10 Books

Ranking

Title

Last Month

Consecutive Months in Top 10

1

Animal Man

9

3

2

Batman

8

3

3

Green Lantern

3

3

4

Swamp Thing

1

2

5

Justice League

5

2

6

I, Vampire

2

3

7

Green Lantern: New Guardians

6

3

8

Wonder Woman

4

3

9

Stormwatch

N/A

1

10

The Flash

N/A

1

This month saw many a book in its mid-story slump, but there were still some really great books to be had in the month of November. Animal Man and Batman actually improved over last months issues in my opinion, with some interesting revelations occurring in both books. Green Lantern continues to hold steady as one of the most consistently good books of the relaunch, which isn’t surprising as it was one of the best pre-Flashpoint as well. Swamp Thing saw a slight dip due to a lot of exposition and a fill-in artist that I didn’t quite enjoy as much as the regular Yanick Paquette. Justice League continues to be great comic book fun month in and month out, featuring scale on par with the best summer blockbusters. I, Vampire’s third issue dials down the action for a bit of world-building and introduction to some supporting cast members. Green Lantern: New Guardians picks up from the amazingly awesome fan service cliff hanger from last issue and delivers once again, cementing its place as the premiere GL ancillary title. Wonder Woman spins its wheels a little this month. While the first issue was incredible and the book shows a lot of promise, not very much has happened over the last 3 issues. Stormwatch makes a jump into the top 10 after a slow build up from its mediocre first issue. Only time will tell if this book will reach the heights of its spiritual predecessor The Authority. Finally, the Flash returns to the top 10, but mostly due to a lack of other good books. Francis Manapul’s art continues to be some of the best in the industry, but I’m not really enjoying this Mob Rule arc. However, a little cameo by a few of the rogues gets me excited for their big New 52 debuts later down the line.

I’m officially cutting Frankenstein: Agent of Shade from my pull list. The title is extremely promising and I really like the characters, but this first arc just isn’t capturing my interest. I’m on the fence with OMAC, as the book’s uniqueness is starting to wear off and the glaring lack of plot is causing me to lose interest. Much like Frankenstein, Demon Knights is a book with an awesome cast and huge potential that continues to plod along. The next issue promises to reveal its ties to Cornell’s other book, Stormwatch, so I’ll at least give it one more issue to win me over.

That’s it for this month’s power rankings, check back in a month for my take on December’s New 52 books!

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