Comics of November 14, 2012

This week has four new Marvel Now books and a second issue (I’m not counting Avengers Assemble). I picked up all of them: All New X-Men 1, Thor: God of Thunder 1, Fantastic Four 1, X-Men Legacy 1 and Red She Hulk 59. Because there are five Marvel Now books this week, they’re probably the only books I’ll be reviewing in full.

The other comics I picked up this week include Batman 14, Batgirl 14, Superboy 14, Amazing Spider-Man 697, Wolverine and the X-Men 20 and Gambit 5. These are my first impressions – I’ll link to full reviews as I post them.

Fantastic Four 1 review

X-Men Legacy 1 review

All New X-Men 1 review

Thor God of Thunder 1 review

Red She Hulk 59 review

Batman 14 was brilliant. There isn’t much to say without spoiling this issue, but the Joker is back in full force and is attacking the entire Bat family. Whether you’re a Batman fan or a Joker fan, you really should be reading “Death of the Family.” It’s also an easy recommendation for anyone who wants to try out a Batman comic, although it’s worth buying issue 13 as well.

Batgirl 14 was good. Batgirl’s mother was kidnapped by the Joker’s henchmen at the end of the last issue. This issue mostly focuses on Batgirl’s reaction to that news, and her rescue attempt. Is Batgirl experiencing crippling fear or uncontrollable rage? Perhaps there’s a bit of both. This issue explains through its visuals exactly why Batgirl hates the Joker so much, and everything you need to know is included in the main story. This is an easy recommendation for anyone who likes Batgirl, or for those who want to use “Death of the Family” to check out the larger Bat family in general.

Superboy 14 was decent. I tried this series once before and thought it was just OK. I only picked this one up because it’s the first actual H’el on Earth crossover issue. This was actually a better introduction to the character than the other issue I read was. It explains who Superboy is and where he is in life. While neither Superman nor Supergirl appear in this, the villain is introduced. It’s a little confusing and doesn’t explain exactly what the villain’s powers are (I’m not sure it even gave the villain a name), but otherwise this was kind of fun. I’m not yet sure whether to recommend this or not, and I probably won’t know until I know more about what’s going on.

Amazing Spider-Man 697 was great. It concludes the three-issue story arc depicting the original Hobgoblin’s return. The issue is mostly action as the two Hobgoblins chase Peter Parker and his boss, while Parker is dealing with his Spider-Sense overload.  The action is fun and there’s plenty of humour as well. The ending teasers are awesome too. This is an easy recommendation for Spider-Man fans, or those who want to check him out.

Wolverine and the X-Men 20 was very good. It was much more character focused and serious than most issues in this series so far. Angel takes center stage as he hunts down new mutants and invites them to the Jean Grey School. This issue also introduces a girl who can transform into a shark. There’s also a fight with Mystique (whose powers have been enhanced) and the new Silver Samurai. It’s an entertaining read. Hopefully the series can remain character focused like this instead of jumping all over the place like it often has in the past. If you’re interested in checking out a post AVX X-men book, this is a decent place to start.

Gambit 5 was fun. The Ragin’ Cajun was kidnapped at the end of the last issue by the man he stole from in the first. In this issue, he’s forced to steal for that man. There are several twists along the way, which flow naturally from one to the next. I can’t say more without spoiling the issue, but this is simply a fun read. It’s a comic about a mutant thief that in some ways, feels like a cross between James Bond and a heist film. If that sounds interesting, check this series out.

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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 - 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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3 Responses to Comics of November 14, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    ANXM was pretty good. The real test will be if Bendis can keep the character focus going forward. But I remain on Team Cyclops. He’s great.

    Legacy was OK. Spurrier made David randomly Scottish, which is weird. I wonder if he might be mixing David up just a bit with Proteus. I have enough experience with Legion that I actually didn’t even notice the lack of explanation about his powers and split personalities. Ah well. We’ll see where it goes.

    Fantastic Four was good. I think the franchise is in good hands with Fraction.

    Thor is great. It looks like it’ll be one of Marvel’s stand-out series going forward.

    Red She-Hulk’s cool. A lot of people hate the character for various reasons, but she’s a good character, and Parker’s a great writer. He’s doing good work with her.

    ASM was a lot of fun, with some interesting developments.

    WatXM was actually genuinely good. Aaron needs more issues like this. More focused, character-based, rather than just cramming as much in as possible. Though I have to say, I didn’t much like Iala. At no point in the entire issue did she really appeal to me. She was just generally obnoxious, as a character.

    Gambit remains fun. And next issue brings in Pete Wisdom. Squee!


  2. healed1337 says:

    X-Men Legacy explains that Legion spent most of his childhood in Scotland, but it’s easy to miss since it only takes up half a sentence. He hasn’t been portrayed as Scottish in the past because, well … he’s never truely been explored to begin with. I’ve read enough of Legion in the past to know what his powers are like, but a first issue should explain things better for new readers. Still, it’s not a bad issue, but it’s hard to tell whether the series could be good or not.

    I’ve actually read comments from people who usually love WATXM, but didn’t like this issue – no idea why. While this issue wasn’t quite as entertaining as usual (for those who like WATXM’s humour at least), it definately felt more focused and centered. If the series keeps that up, it could have a bright future.

    Even though I don’t know or care much about Red She Hulk, this issue convinced me to give it at least one more issue. It’s been kind of awesome so far.


    • xmenxpert says:

      “X-Men Legacy explains that Legion spent most of his childhood in Scotland, but it’s easy to miss since it only takes up half a sentence.”

      Which is the problem. He didn’t. He was brought to Muir Island as a teenager. He grew up with his mother, who was an Israeli diplomat. So, presumably some time in Israel, and the major trauma in his life happened in Paris. He sort of shut down after he first discovered his powers, and was comatose most of the time he was on Muir Island. So I don’t think he picked up any slang there. And while he’s never had a full series dedicated to him, it’s not like David’s a complete unknown. He’s appeared often enough. And he’s never used Scottish slang in those previous appearances.

      Spurrier just plain messed up with that. And it’s going to keep bugging me when I read this series.


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