I've been getting intrigued by the original Valiant, especially how folks say the early books all flow together as a universe. Of course, that's got me intrigued as an interesting binding project. What I'm trying to figure out is where the decent ending points are, as it seems the continuity gets looser and quality gets lower after Shooter leaves. I haven't heard too many good things as the books get close to Birthquake, and then the Acclaim relaunch. And I imagine that at some point, I would be more interested in individual series than the universe as a whole as we get closer to that point.
So, what's the good stuff?