The comics I picked up this week include AVX Consequences 2, Uncanny X-Men 20, X-Factor 245, Captain Marvel 5, Supergirl 13, Nightwing 13 and Birds of Prey 13 – most of these were very good. These are my first impressions – I’ll add links as I post full reviews.
X-Factor 245 was very good as usual. The storyline in which X-Factor loses half of its members is now complete. A good chunk of this issue focuses on the relationships between Havok, Polaris and Multiple Man. There’s also plenty of focus on the rest of this story arc, and several great jokes. Everything you need to know for this issue is explained within the issue – you won’t even need the recap page. X-Factor regulars should pick this up, and it’s worth checking out for those who have read Uncanny Avengers 1 and want to know more about Havok’s mindset.
Birds of Prey 13 was good. My only real complaint is that a throwaway line demonstrates how rushed the last storyline was. Otherwise, this issue feels like a one shot and it tells a relatively complete story, even if it has a cliff-hanger. One of the Birds of Prey is kidnapped by an army of ninjas and the others have to rescue her. All you really need to know is that the BOP member Katana really cares about her sword (her dead husband’s soul is in the sword). If the idea of an all-female superhero team in Gotham City interests you, this series is worth checking out and this issue is a decent starting point.