Comics of October 10, 2012

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.

Uncanny Avengers 1 review

Red She Hulk 58 review

AVX Consequences 1 review

Batman 13 review

Batgirl 13 review

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.

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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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1 Response to Comics of October 10, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    WatXM #18 was one of the better issues of the series. But I’ve decided that Aaron just plain bit off more than he could handle with that title. There’s too much he wants to do with it, and it suffers. This issue did a better job than most, but I can’t expect great things from this title while he’s writing it.

    Fantastic Four #611 was great. Just great. Valeria was awesome.

    X-Men #37 was really good. I love the tension among the team. And I love Pixie’s unrelenting optimism.

    Secret Avengers #32 was pretty OK. I’ll be honest, I haven’t felt Remender’s done a good job on this title. I don’t get the black ops vibe it should have.

    Wolverine #314 was a very promising start to Bunn’s run. It pretends Loeb’s recent arc never happened, and gets back to more important stuff. The Covenant could be interesting, if they’re not revealed as yet another group who’s caused everything that’s ever happened. Always happy to see Elsa Bloodstone pop up. And I’m glad Melita’s sticking around.

    UA #1 was really good, I thought, for the most part. Shows a lot of promise.

    Red She-HUlk #58 was great. I love Parker’s writing, and he’s got a really interesting take on the character.

    And AvX Consequences #1 was . . . not Gillen’s best. The prison stuff is really cool, the rest, not so much.

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