For more than a decade, Aquaman has been the joke of DC Comics. Although mentions in TV shows such as Entourage and Big Bang Theory have helped keep him in the public consciousness, it’s been as a figure of ridicule, universally derided as the most useless hero in DC’s pantheon. Geoff Johns takes all the major Aquaman jokes and slaps each one soundly round the face as he dismisses it, hopefully forever.
Justice League 1
I thought All-Star Batman was vile. It was vulgar, self-consciously ‘controversial’, and only borderline competent, despite some admittedly pretty illustration. It was the comic-book equivalent of monkeys in the zoo flinging poo at the patrons because they’re bored. But at least it aspired to some content… as opposed to the hollowed-out All-Star Batman that is Justice League 1.
I wasn’t sure whether to try this, since I have been ignoring the Prelude to Flashpoint comics, and it’s another series that crosses over into countless other titles (a checklist lists 22 of them in June alone), but I believe the intent these days is generally to make the central series readable in isolation, so I gave it a go.