My comic load was thankfully much easier than last week (9 comics instead of 17). I picked up Avengers vs. X-Men 12, A vs. X 6, Uncanny X-Men 19, Avengers Academy 38, Uncanny X-Force 32, Action Comics 13, Amazing Spider-Man 695, Age of Apocalypse 8 and Animal Man 13. Thankfully, most of this week’s comics were fairly good. These are my first impressions – I’ll link to full reviews as I post them.
Avengers vs X-Men 12 and Uncanny X-Men 18 review – I reviewed them together because they’re both better if you read them side by side.
Uncanny X-Force 32 was awesome. The brotherhood further manipulates both Evan and X-Force as the main confrontation begins. Alliances are questioned, and several characters even switch sides. There is plenty of character development mixed in with the action, and it all flows nicely. This is an easy recommendation for fans of Uncanny X-Force, but it’s not the best place to jump in even with the recap page explaining everything you need to know.
Amazing Spider-Man 695 was great. Not only is the hobgoblin returning, but the Spider Sense jammers that have been hinted at for a while are finally being activated. This issue is mostly setup for the rest of Hobgoblin’s return, but the wheels set in motion here could lead up to a really epic storyline. This is an easy recommendation for Spider-Man fans and people curious about Marvel’s web head alike.
Action Comics 13 was good. It features the new universe’s debut of the phantom zone (as far as I know) and the phantom king as a new villain. The real core of this issue however is Superman’s dog from Krypton. The backup story does a great job at making new readers, like me, care about this dog by showing how loyal they can be. The story is good, the art is great and this issue is an easy recommendation. This issue also explains everything you need to know, making it easy for new readers.
Age of Apocalypse 8 was good, but I found my first reading a bit confusing. It probably doesn’t help that it was the last issue I read out of everything. Still, AOA Doctor Doom reveals his plan to the X-Terminated, which causes some disagreements between them. This issue doesn’t have much action, but it has plenty of intriguing story development instead. Still, if humans struggling for survival on a planet dominated by mutants appeals to you, this is an easy recommendation.
AvX #12 was OK. Not bad, not great.
VS #6 was awesome. One of the funniest comics of the year. The Hope/Wanda fight was really good, as expected from something Kieron Gillen wrote, and aside from Aaron’s Iceman/Iron Fist fight, the others were all really funny. Squirrel Girl vs. Pixie was one of the best things ever. So funny, and so adorable. Bendis’s Cyclops vs. Cap verbal smackdown was hilarious. Just so much win in that issue.
UXM #19 was brilliant. Simply incredible. Kieron Gillen is a genius.
UXF #32 was good, but I still have complaints.
ASM # 695 was great. I loved that double-page splash of Julia seeing the future. All those glimpses of panels from upcoming books – that was fantastic.
AoA #8 was awful. I am not enjoying this series. I’m sick of Prophet being a Mary Sue who plays everyone and gets what he wants every single time. The book’s also too dark’n’gritty for me to care what happens. Just terrible.
And that brings me to AA #38. This was brilliant. One of the funniest comics of the year, full of great lines and sight gags. It also had a lot of great character moments, most notably the one between Finesse and Laura. I loved this issue so, so much. One of my favourite comics ever.