Comics of Halloween, 2012

Happy Halloween!

So I never lost power, but I personally know people around the city who did.

Anyway, the comics I bought this week include AVX Consequences 4, Captain Marvel 6, Wolverine and the X-men 19, Winter Soldier 12, X-Men Legacy 275, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 15, A+X 1, New Mutants 50, Batgirl Annual, Action Comics Annual, Aquaman 13 and Witchblade 161. Here are my first impressions. I’ll link to full reviews as I post them.

AVX Consequences 4 review

A+X 1 review

Batgirl Annual review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 15 review

Action Comics annual review

Wolverine and the X-Men 19 was fairly good. As the cover indicates, there are three separate storylines touched on in this issue. Wolverine and Rachel are hunting down whoever shot Broo, while Beast is trying to heal him. Meanwhile, Kitty is interviewing potential teachers. The first two storylines are generally more serious – the Wolverine/Rachel storyline in particular has a rather intense finale. Kitty’s story is just entertaining. There are several smaller stories touched on, but they only feel like filler that distracts from those three stories. At this point, WATXM is starting to have a lot of different plotlines that are touched on in two pages or less every now and then. It’s getting hard to keep track of. On its own though, this issue was still fairly good. It’s a relatively light-hearted X-Men book that still manages to have dark undertones – check it out if that might interest you.

Captain Marvel 6 was good, but it felt a bit weird to me. Captain Marvel’s time travel story has ended with a revisit to her origin story. Again, it’s refreshing to see a character who doesn’t care about the potential consequences that her actions while time-travelling could cause. There are also a few funny jokes thrown at the way comics were written in the 60’s. Her actual origin is mostly just brushed over though – that was somewhat disappointing. I’m not a fan of the art, but that doesn’t make it bad. If you’re interested in checking out Miss Marvel/Captain Marvel, who is rumored to appear in Avengers 2, this series is definitely worth checking out.

Winter Soldier 12 was great. Bucky Barnes has gathered a group to hunt for the brainwashed Black Widow. Saying much more about this story would spoil the fun. The only problem with recommending this to anyone is that we’re well into the Widow Hunt storyline – at this point it’s probably worth waiting for the trades if you can’t find every issue since Winter Soldier 6. It’s an epic espionage story by the way.

X-Men Legacy 275 was good. It’s mostly just a character study of both Rogue and Mimick, and where each character is at the moment. The two of them have a couple deep conversations about their current mindsets and what they want to do with their lives next. There’s also a super-powered prison break that they help contain, which is fairly entertaining. My only complaint is that Rogue’s speech in the middle of the issue (you’ll know which one I mean when you read it) is a bit wordy and not all that inspiring. It’s disappointing that Christos Gage didn’t have more time to wrap up everything he started in his Legacy run, but this was still a satisfactory finale to the series. Even if you haven’t read much of this series, this is worth checking out if you want to know more about Rogue of the Uncanny Avengers, or if you like the sound of two mutant mimics (I know Mimic isn’t really a mutant, but he does mimic mutant powers) fighting against a bunch of super powered criminals.

New Mutants 50 was decent, but nothing special. A party is a decent way to end the series, especially since it stars young adults. There are plenty of humorous references to previous storyline in Dan Abnett’s NM run. However, it would have probably been better without the Warlock related interruption in the middle, and with one artist instead of two. Still, this is at least worth checking out if you’ve read parts of this New Mutants series, even if you haven’t stuck with his whole run.

Aquaman 13 was good, but kind of disappointing. This issue wraps up “The Others” storyline that’s been ongoing since issue 8 or so (can’t remember exactly). While the character work is good, I was a bit disappointed with the actual fight scene between Aquaman and Manta. It felt a bit anti-climactic considering Manta had acquired the weapon that sank Atlantis in the previous issue, but doesn’t attack anyone with it. The art is good though. This really isn’t the greatest jumping on point considering how it’s the last issue in its story arc and there’s a lot you need to know to understand what’s going on.

Witchblade 161 was good, but not as good as usual. Sara is investigating a possible haunting, which turns out to be a little disappointing. Sure this issue introduces what could become a powerful enemy in the future, but not all that much happens in this issue. That’s not to say it isn’t enjoyable or lacking. The art is good too – no complaints there. This series in general is delightfully weird and generally worth checking out, but this issue isn’t the greatest example of that.

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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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2 Responses to Comics of Halloween, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    WatXM continues to have some ridiculously flat characterization. This issue was OK, but Aaron still can’t seem to make the characters feel like actual people.

    I love Captain Marvel. I love this series. I love DeConnick’s writing, Rios’s art, the personalities of the women in it. It’s all great. It’s fast become one of my favourite comics.

    Winter Soldier was pretty good. Some nice twists. And it’s always enjoyable to see Wolverine get beaten.

    I think one of my biggest problems with Legacy, in general, is that we keep getting speeches from Rogue. There’s only so many times I can read Rogue talking about choice and finding one’s self and all that stuff, and I reached that limit a couple issues ago. So now, I just want her to shut up already.

    New Mutants was a series that I felt was underappreciated. I’m sad to see it go, though 50 issues isn’t a bad run these days.

    Consequences was cool, as usual.

    A+X was . . . I don’t know. Kinda meh. The first story was OK, the second story was too good for so few pages. It needed more room.

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  2. healed1337 says:

    Again, I agree with your thoughts on X-Men Legacy. There were parts of it that worked, but during both Christos Gage’s run and the second half of Mike Carey’s run, Rogue was heavily overused. She’s a good character, but there’s only so many ways you can have a speech about choices.

    I’m enjoying Captain marvel too. Like the last issue, I enjoyed issue 6 more on my second reading. That’s coming from someone who knew very little about Miss Marvel before this series began. The most pleasant surprise of the second half of 2012 for me.

    New Mutants was on and off for me. I can’t say I enjoyed the last story arc, or the Fear Itself tie-ins. The rest of the series has been good though.

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