comics of August 1, 2012

Normally I don’t post comic reviews until Friday, but since I’m out of school I really should start posting them sooner. Starting this week I’ll write and post my first impressions of the week’s comics as soon as I’m done reading them. Over the next few days, I’ll review as many as I have the time to (as long as I can come up with enough to say).

This week, I picked up Avengers vs. X-Men 9, Avengers Academy 34, X-Factor 241, Avenging Spider-Man 10, Action Comics 12, Age of Apocalypse 6 and First X-Men 1. These are my first impressions, and I’ll link to the full reviews in this post as I finish them.

Avengers vs. X-Men 9 review

Avengers Academy 34 review

X-Factor 241 was fun. It’s mostly a setup for the Breaking Points story arc, which will end with X-Factor losing half of its current lineup. I can’t say much else without spoilers, but it’s easy to recommend this to people who enjoy X-Factor.

Avenging Spider-Man 10 was a lot of fun. There’s plenty of banter and comedy throughout, and the action is fairly good too. This one’s an easy recommendation if you like either Spider-Man or Miss Marvel – pick up issue 9 as well.

Action Comics 12 was, well … I enjoyed it, but I’m still not completely sure what happened at the end. Perhaps a second reading will help. Either way, I still recommend this to anyone who’s already read issues 10 and 11. If you haven’t, you should check them out before you read this one.

Age of Apocalypse 6 was very good. It feels more like a setup issue, but anyone reading this series so far can tell something bigger is on its way. It’s not as dark as most of the series has been so far, but that might be a good thing. The humans finally gather a few mutant allies. If you’ve been reading AOA so far, this one’s an easy recommendation. If not, it’s better to wait for a trade paperback by now.

The First X-Men 1 was better than I was expecting. I wasn’t looking forward to it, but decided to give it a chance since Christos Gage is writing it. I’m very much enjoying Avengers Academy so far, and he’s not doing bad with X-Men Legacy either. Anyway, save for Wolverine and Sabertooth being the main characters, it feels kind of like last year’s X-Men First Class movie. Not quite sure if I can recommend it though – check it out if you’re intrigued. I’ll give it at least one more issue to win me over.

About healed1337

I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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