*sigh* Hammerfist, I'm glad you're enjoying the current Batgirl run, but personally, I'm still missing the last incumbant to that role. *sigh* I'm considering picking the new series up, but the character switch to Babs has left me pretty depressed about the series.
Me, I went with Demon Knights, the Shade, and Batwoman. I haven't gotten around to reading any Batwoman yet, in spite of pretty much everyone saying 'read this', but I've still been collecting them. Oddly, the art style, which is what most critics seem to be praising, is putting me off a bit. Just doesn't quite gel with me.
The Shade's ok, not good, or bad, more middle of the road. Still, a vastly
better take on international superheroic action than the JLI.
We're seeing Supers from various countries, as the Shade travels the world, and it's not pure goddamn stereotype.
Hammer, I get the impression you might've written off Demon Knights, given your statements about dark, depressing storylines, and the way the series tends to come across through covers. Still, I've got to throw it out as a recommendation.
It's serious, and there're highly dark elements, but it's nowhere near nineties era nihilist garbage.. We still have heroes, heroisim, and a brave group ready to fight against the odds. The Boys; Medieval, this is most certainly not.
That said, this issue left me a little conflicted. There's a lot of exposition. It's not bad exposition, and not handled too badly, but still, it kind of dominates the issue. Still, it surprised me twice in a single issue, which I'm going to call good.