This week, I bought AVX vs. 5 (of 6), Captain Marvel 3, Avenging Spider-Man 11, FF 21, Witchblade 159, Wolverine and the X-Men 15, Gambit 2, Uncanny X-Force 30, Aquaman 12, Winter Soldier 9, New Mutants 48 and Mass Effect Homeworlds 4. These are my first impressions.
Gambit 2 was a lot of fun. He encounters the mysterious woman from the last issue in the middle of a job and they have a violent disagreement as to who should take what. We also meet the guy who is making all of Gambit’s new tech for his return to thievery. The story is moving along nicely now – easy recommendation.
Avenging Spider-Man 11 was well done. It’s mostly just Peter Parker and Aunt May talking on the anniversary of Uncle Ben’s death. If that sounds interesting to you, you’ll probably enjoy this issue. There’s really nothing else to say.
FF 21 was a bit confusing to me. It’s mostly about the Inhumans and the Kree, which I don’t know much about. Not sure if I can recommend this or not – maybe I have to re-read Hickman’s run again, which I certainly will once his run is finished.
Witchblade 159 was good. It’s the first issue in the Savior arc where the Witchblade takes on a being of pure aggression. This issue is mostly setup, but it’s still entertaining with its oddball mystery and a disturbing villain. This is an easy recommendation.
Aquaman 12 was fairly good. Plot wise, there’s a lot that happens that I can’t talk about without spoiling it. Let’s just say that Manta gains a powerful weapon and the stage is set for the next issue of Aquaman. If you’ve been enjoying this series so far, this is an easy recommendation. If you haven’t been reading it, this isn’t a very good place to start as it’s nearing the end of “The Others” – you’ll probably feel lost despite the exposition within.
Winter Soldier 9 was awesome. Bucky tracks down the recently brainwashed Black Widow. The majority of the issue is the ensuing conflict. If I mention any specific plot details, I’ll spoil the fun. This is an easy recommendation, and it won’t be too difficult for new readers to understand what’s going on.
New Mutants 48 is alright, but nothing special. It answers a few lingering questions from a few years back, including the Necrosha event in 2010. As bizarre and interesting as this alternate timeline is, this comic isn’t doing all that much with it. Still, I recommend this issue if you’ve been enjoying this storyline so far.