First post, so indulge me a little?
I'm seriously thinking of stopping collecting both Batman and Detective current titles. Mostly due to them being so appallingly bad.
I've been a Batman collector for a long time and have a full run of DC and Batman (and the other lesser titles) from 1969 and I've read them all. The nineties were famous for being a nadir of the titles but in hindsight they weren't so bad. The Azrael run was awful but they came right in the end, though, IMO it wasn't until Kelley Jones's run that the series got back on track.
Coming to the end of both titles before the N52 re-launch Detective Comics became a lesbian Batwoman comic with no Bruce Wayne and I just struggled with being even vaguely interested in her. My knowledge of comics isn't great but I thought time period that that nearly killed the title because of poor sales? But it seems in the current Detective Comics they're come full circle again? Wtf?
Part of George Lucas's mistake with Star Wars is he made everyone and everything just a one degree of separation from everything else (i.e. Anakin building C3P0). DC seems to be doing the same thing with their characters (true most comics are guilty of this...). So, Shiva is Batgirl's Mom? Wtf?
Also. Shiva is not and never has been a major character in Batman's main titles so most of her canon comes from crossovers or specials (I'm not really sure here, she not an interesting character so I don't know much about her). To watch her easily defeat Batman in a recent issue was such a let down, as was Batman's comment that he would be defeated by her. I'm sorry, but the whole appeal of Batman is his ability to overcome and his all-round general badassness as the best fighter around. Sorry Shiva - go shove it you're a lame side character. The writers should really be pulled up for that alone.
I know they're trying to appeal to a wide demographic these days but I'm finding 120 pound women beating up teams of highly trained special forces teams.... just a bit too much of a suspension of disbelief.
Batman works best on his own in grippy noir stories. Just check out the dumpster murders if you don't believe me.
Anyway, would love to hear other peoples thoughts - though I understand some of you may want to slam me for some of the comments above.
Hopefully, the series drops out of another nadir before I totally lose heart.