Question for anyone here; are there any comics you really wanted to read and thought you'd get into, but for whatever reason ended up disappointing you? If so, why? And how would you change them so they'd better fit what you thought would be ideal?
For me, the comic that frustrates me the most is Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men. I really enjoyed the Schism storyline, and I loved most of Jason Aaron's Wolverine stories, so I was really looking forward to his ongoing X-Men book. That hope dried up only a few issues in. Instead of focusing on the more interesting story threads from Schism, Aaron played up the weakest part of the story-- the Hellfire Kids-- and used that tone to define the whole book. The Hellfire kids themselves could potentially work, as a thematic conflict towards Wolverine's Friend To All Children role; instead, they come across as villainous Scrappy-Doos, immediately thrust forward as A-List villains despite offering little except wacky plot devices. Just because you give them a Wendigo-ray doesn't make them convincing.
In fact, wackiness seems to be the rule of the day for Wolverine and the X-Men, and the whole tone of the book is like an obnoxious sit-com. The X-Men themselves don't do too much, and even their sub-plots are done with so little development that they just feel forced (such as putting Iceman and Kitty together, with no good dramatic reasoning, or doing the same for Husk and Toad). The spotlight goes to the new kids, but most of them are cut down to comedic stereotypes; Broo being the menacing alien with the lovable nerd persona, Idie's fundamentalist upbringing reduced to talking about how mutants are monsters with a completely straight-faced smile, Kid Gladiator being the obnoxious school jock, Quentin Quire (who was introduced as a disturbing, intense Eric-Harris-style murderer) as the rebel with a heart of gold, etc. There doesn't feel like there's any credible character depth, and the plots are similarly kept from going past "OMG so crazy". I can forgive Aaron the Wolverine-in-a-wheelchair thing due to the scheduling of AvX derailing it, but since it wasn't going to last more than a few issues anyway, the whole thing couldn't have been much more than a piece of contrived storytelling designed to set up a simple and tasteless joke of Wolverine in a chair like Professor X.
Jason Aaron is perfectly capable of playing stories, even superhero stories, with convincing characters and dramatic stories. He doesn't have to go as angsty as the X-Men have been in the past few years, but he shouldn't try to play Xavier's School as Hogwarts, unless he's going to acknowledge that the Harry Potter series got really dark really fast and was better for it.