Comics of November 21, 2012

It’s the third major Marvel Now week, with three “number ones” and two number twos. Iron Man 2, Deadpool 2, Captain America 1, Indestructible Hulk 1 and Journey into Mystery 646. I picked all of those up, as well as Wolverine and the X-Men 21, X-Factor 247, Astonishing X-Men 56, Uncanny X-Force 34, Wolverine 316, Amazing Spider-Man 698, Captain Marvel 7, Supergirl 14 and Nightwing 14. These are my first impressions – I’ll add links to reviews as I post them.

Also, there probably won’t be any DC reviews this week because there are 5 Marvel Now books, and I have 9 other books to read on top of that.

Indestructible Hulk 1 review

Iron Man 2 review

Deadpool 2

Captain America 1 review

Journey Into Mystery 646 review

Uncanny X-Force 36 was very good. It concludes the Final Execution storyline in a brutal fashion. While X-Force does defeat the Brotherhood, the consequences are heavy all round. The ending isn’t a huge surprise, but it probably shouldn’t be spoiled either. The art is great too. New readers will be confused out of their minds, although regulars should pick this up. This series in general has been very good.

Astonishing X-Men 56 was alright. Last issue was a bit of a mess – this issue fixes that a little. It still feels a bit rushed – the story could have worked better if it had more breathing room. Your enjoyment of this comic will depend greatly on how much you like the X-Men character Karma, and her vengeful half-sister Susan Hatchi. If you don’t know who Karma is, or you didn’t like the last issue, this is probably better to ignore. If you haven’t read this series yet, this issue will confuse you a lot. If you liked the last issue, this is worth reading. Personally, I thought it was just OK. Hopefully the next story arc will be a bit simpler, and will focus more on the X-Men characters involved with this series rather than an over complicated plot with too many twists.

Wolverine and the X-Men 21 was decent. For the first issue about Frankenstein’s circus, it wasn’t trying to be as funny as you’d think. Wolverine’s X-Men have been kidnapped and mind controlled by Frankenstein’s monster and his followers. This issue is mostly setup – it explains the somewhat twisted plot, kicks off the action that will no doubt escalate in the next issue and brings further teases for the next storyline. Everything you need to know is explained in the issue or on the recap page. If you’re interested in a book about teenage X-Men characters, this is at least worth checking out.

Wolverine 316 was fun. Last issue, Wolverine and his monster hunter ally were defeated. In this issue, a team made up of Wolverine’s former girlfriends, including Melita, come to rescue him. Throw in self repairing robots and a flying castle, and you have a somewhat weird, yet entertaining Wolverine comic. This might be a little confusing if you haven’t read the last two issues, but the recap explains most of what you’ll need to know (they should be easy to find anyway). This is worth reading for Wolverine fans who want a self-contained story.

X-Factor 247 was awesome. Multiple Man and Layla Madrox (previously Layla Miller) recently married each other. This issue is their honeymoon. In typical superhero fashion, their honeymoon is interrupted. Appropriately for X-Factor, the interruption is a murder mystery with supernatural undertones. This issue tells a complete, self-contained story that’s both amusing and interesting. X-Factor is almost always a good read about minor mutant characters running a detective agency. If that interests you, this is a great issue to start off with.

Amazing Spider-Man 698 was insane. I can’t really say much about this issue without spoiling it. The bulk of the comic is mostly about Peter Parker and where he is in life, and it’s well done. The last page is quite possibly the most hardcore cliff-hanger I’ve ever seen … anywhere. I honestly have no idea where this story could go from here, and I’m yet sure what I think of it. This is an important read for any Spider-Man fans.

Captain Marvel 7 was great. Carol Danvers is diving into the ocean to investigate missing ships. There’s a lot of entertaining teasing between the Captain and her two partners. Also the ending cliff-hanger is awesome, and promises an epic battle scene in the next issue. As the first issue in a new story arc, everything here is easy to understand for new readers. If you like Captain Marvel/Miss Marvel, or are interested in a female Avenger solo title, this is an easy recommendation.

Supergirl 14 was good. It’s the second part of the H’el on Earth crossover with Superman and Superboy, and it focuses mostly on Kara (Supergirl). Half of the issue is Kara meeting the scientist that was introduced in Superman 13, and conversing with Superman, while the other half is Supergirl meeting H’el, another Kryptonian survivor. This issue is mostly building up for the event, but it’s interesting build-up. Even if you didn’t read last week’s Superboy 14, you will fully understand this issue as it explains everything you need to know. This is an easy recommendation for Supergirl regulars, or those who want to check out Superman’s family.

Nightwing 14 was decent. There’s a little panel time about Nightwing’s ongoing circus side story, but this issue is mostly about Nightwing hunting down and fighting Lady Shiva. It’s fun, but there’s nothing overly special about it. If you’re waiting for Nightwing’s Death of the Family tie-in, wait until next month. There’s really nothing else to say – it’s not really good enough to recommend to regular readers or potential new fans.

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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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6 Responses to Comics of November 21, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    Captain America 1 was good. No surprise there. He’s a pretty easy character to get down, really.

    Hulk 1 was good, but it bothers me that Waid’s ignoring Aaron’s run. It’s a good story, but it’s based on ignoring years of character development.

    JiM 646 was OK. It was definitely confusing to follow. Still, Sif’s cool. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but I’m not expecting this to be a good series.

    Deadpool 2 continues to be straight-up comedy, and I simply want and demand more of the character than that.

    UXF was . . . I don’t know. This series just hasn’t been great since the end of the Dark Angel Saga. The fact that Daken was always such a poorly-written character certainly doesn’t help this issue. Instead of being dramatic, his death actually ends up feeling like a relief. Readers shouldn’t be cheering at he’s killed, but it’s hard to do anything else there.

    Haven’t had a chance to read AXM yet.

    WatXM bothered me on a couple levels. First off, the two main aspects of the story – the X-Men as carnival attractions, and the Frankenstein Monster trying to kill his creator’s descendants – were both done a while ago. Marvel had a Frankenstein series in the ’70s where the creature was hunting his creator’s descendants, and he chose to stop. I doubt we’re going to get an explanation of why he’s after them again. And I suppose the X-Men being used as carnival attractions was meant as an homage, but it felt kinda like a rip-off. The other thing that bugged me is, once again, Aaron’s decided to just abandon any attempt at in-depth characterization, in favour of panel after panel of jokes. Enough, Jason. The previous issue was the best of the series. Do more like that one. A good thing, however: Quire was wearing a “Cyclops Was Right” t-shirt. That’s awesome.

    Wolverine was a lot of fun. Bunny’s doing a good job with this arc.

    X-Factor is X-Factor. And the gag with Layla being hit by the door was hilarious. I do find it funny that X-Factor and Deadpool, completely independently of each other, have both decided to use zombies of major American figures. Though I do want to say this issue isn’t quite as self-contained as it seems. It’s clearly setting up the Hell On Earth War coming up starting in issue 250.

    ASM was pretty cool. Seems to have a lot of people up in arms.

    And Captain Marvel is one of the best books out there. People need to be buying it. This one even has her trading quips with Monica Rambeau, a criminally underused character. And Dexter Soy is back on art, so it’s gorgeous to look at. A lot of underwater scenes just adds to the pretty.


  2. healed1337 says:

    I completely agree with you about Daken, but he does have his fans. I tried to look at it from Wolverine’s perspective. He had to kill his own son to protect both his school and his own life. That has to hurt him. If I was looking at the issue purely from my perspective though, Daken’s confirmed death does little for me. And while I did enjoy Uncanny X-Force this week, it hasn’t been as good since the Dark Angel Saga – that storyline is very hard to top.

    Didn’t know that Frankenstein’s Monster has appeared like that before – maybe it will be explained, maybe it won’t. Didn’t notice Quire’s shirt – that is awesome.

    I realize that X-Factor was build up, but that issue can just as easily be read on its own. It’s a great jumping on point to a consistantly good series.


    • xmenxpert says:

      I kinda wish I was geeky enough to pull off a Cyclops Was Right t-shirt. It’d be kinda fun to do. But it’d be obsolete in a couple months.

      Yeah, the Frankenstein series was from the ’70s, and most people reading comics today have never read it because of that. It also wasn’t very good. Even so, he’d spared a previous descendant, Victoria Frankenstein. In any event, the point is that this depcition of Frankenstein clashes with how he’s been depicted since the ’70s.


      • healed1337 says:

        It sounds neat in concept, but I’m not all that big on movie monsters. Maybe this Frankenstein is supposed to be a descendant of Victoria?
        While I liked today’s WATXM issue a little, I fully agree that the last issue is the best of the series so far.


  3. xmenxpert says:

    I’ve now read AXM. Just a big ol’ bag of meh.


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