It’s the first week of Marvel Now. The comics I picked up this week are Uncanny Avengers 1, AVX Consequences 1, Red She Hulk 58, Wolverine and the X-men 18, Fantastic Four 611, Batman 13, Batgirl 13, X-Men 37, Secret Avengers 32 and Wolverine 314. These are my first impressions; I’ll link to full reviews as I post them.
Wolverine and the X-men 18 was fairly good. It barely ties into the last issue of AVX, yet it works well for what happens in this issue. It certainly feels more focused than most of the AVX tie-ins this series has had. While the final battle against Phoenix powered Cyclops rages on, the Jean Grey school kids have an “end of the world” dance. It’s a more serious issue than usual, and in some ways it’s fairly dark. We learn that Ide’s newfound happiness has a more sinister source than expected. There’s not much else to say without spoiling the issue. If you’ve enjoyed WATXM so far, you’ll likely enjoy this one too.
Fantastic Four 611 was great. It ties up the biggest dangling plot thread Hickman had in his Fantastic Four run – the fate of Dr. Doom. Reed Richards’s father and adult Valeria depart the group for a while as well. It’s not the greatest issue of Hickman’s FF run – Fantastic Four 604 is hard to top – but it’s a satisfying conclusion to a simply epic run.
X-Men 37 was good. It concludes the Proto Mutant story arc while Storm’s team continues to tear itself apart from the inside. There is a lot of drama in this issue and a number of opinions between different characters. I can’t recommend this to new readers – it might be confusing even with the recap page. There’s also the fact that this series is winding down. However this is an easy recommendation to those who are already reading Brian Wood’s X-Men series.
Secret Avengers 32 was good, but not as good as I hoped. Venom and Ant Man are alone against the dark force known as the Abyss. The solution was a little anti-climactic, but it was still satisfying if that makes any sense. Not sure what else to say – if you like the sound of a covert ops Secret Avengers book you’ll probably like this series, but issue 32 isn’t the greatest jumping on point.
Wolverine 314 was, well … I’m not sure what to think of it. The first few pages touch on the fact that Wolverine lost some of his memories after his recent encounter with Dr. Rot. The rest of the issue ignores this completely as he deals with a situation involving the dreaming maiden. Who is the dreaming maiden? As of this issue I have no idea. This issue’s alright, but it’s not very clear on who the dreaming maiden is or what she does. I’m not sure whether to recommend this one or not.