The comics I read this week include Animal Man 0, Action Comics 0, Avengers Academy 36, Age of Apocalypse 7, Amazing Spider-Man 693, X-Factor 243, Venom 24 and First X-Men 2. These are my first impressions.
Venom 24 was decent. I liked it more after a second reading (I wasn’t sure what to think after reading it once). It’s fun, dark and intense like Remender’s run. It’s still not as good though – it doesn’t explore Flash’s mind nearly as much as Remender did. Then again this is only Cullen Bunn’s second issue, so it could improve in the future. If you liked Remender’s run on Venom, at least check this out.
Action Comics 0 was good too. It shows Superman’s first act of heroism in the new 52, and the first time Lois Lane sees him. There’s a side adventure with a kid who “borrows” Superman’s cape for a day, and a backup story that introduces a recent villain in the Action Comics series. I hesitate to recommend this to those who have read Superman’s origin story before as I don’t know how it compares, but this is an easy recommendation for those who like Superman and haven’t read much outside of the new 52.
Age of Apocalypse 7 was good. It’s not as dark as the rest of the series has been so far. Most of the issue is spent hunting after AOA’s Doctor Doom, as suggested on the cover. It’s fairly easy to follow, even if you haven’t been reading this series so far as it explains the basics of the series with dialogue throughout the whole issue. This is a complete role reversal of the X-Men in the main Marvel Universe – Humans are fighting for survival against a world dominated by Mutants, who want to extinguish them. If that interests you, check it out.