Young Justice Book 2
I’ve been avoiding buying DC trades lately, because of them cancelling half of them and production problems on the other half, but I had this pre-ordered already and forgot about it. Ah well, it’s Young Justice. The comics in here are great, except for the 80 Page Giant at the back, which is a pointless genre pastiche montage thing. But other than that, it’s funny, clever, great characters, lovely art. What you’d expect really.
As to the actual quality of the comic, well, it’s not terrible, but the card stock on the cover feels a bit cheap (the inside of it particularly) and pretty much all the pages are wavy/rippled. Not a huge problem, especially compared to some of the problems I’ve had with DC trades, but it doesn’t scream high quality.
Solo Avengers Classic
This is a trade collecting the first 10 issues of what was really a Hawkeye solo title, optimistically sold as “volume 1” around when the Avengers film came out. Well, technically it’s only half a Hawkeye solo book. Each issue is split between his ongoing adventures (by Tom DeFalco and mostly Mark Bright) and then a second story (I’d say back-up, but they’re of equal length) focusing on some other member of the Avengers; one is Black Widow, another Black Knight, the first is a nice Mockingbird story with early Jim Lee art that is the other side of the main Hawkeye story.
It’s a really good format, actually. I know anthologies don’t tend to sell in the American market and even back-up strips don’t stick, but this makes sense. You get the Hawkeye story ticking along nicely and then an opportunity to do a story with a character that has no hope of holding a solo series or a chance to unearth of update an older member and which can be used as a try-out for new talent… Given how many Avengers there are now, it would be a good format to use now. If anthologies sold, of course.