Comics of November 28, 2012

This week, there are five Marvel Now number twos and a number one. It’s the biggest Marvel Now week yet. Uncanny Avengers 2, All New X-Men 2, X-Men Legacy 2, A+X 2, Thor God of Thunder 2 and FF 1. I picked up all of those, as well as Secret Avengers 34, Gambit 6, Venom 27.1, Superman 14 and Batman Incorporated 5. These are my first impressions – I’ll link to full reviews as they’re posted.

Also because there are six Marvel Now releases, there won’t be any DC reviews this week. If I don’t have the time to review all six Now comics, A+X is the one I won’t review.

Uncanny Avengers 2 review

All new X-Men 2 review

FF 1 review

X-Men Legacy 2 review

Thor God of Thunder 2 review

A+X 2 review

Secret Avengers 34 was decent. While it was a fun read, it feels a bit dry and weird. The fight between Captain Britain/Hawkeye and the Undead Avengers from Earth 666 was entertaining, but it feels a bit over the top as well. The last page cliff-hanger feels a little too much like a similar cliff-hanger during Uncanny X-Force’s Dark Angel Saga for my taste. Again, it’s still a fun read, but it doesn’t have the depth that Rick Remender usually has. If you’ve been enjoying Secret Avengers so far, you’ll probably like this one too, but it’s not worth recommending to anyone who hasn’t been reading SA already (it will likely confuse you anyway – better to start from the beginning of Remender’s run).

Venom 27.1 was very good. It explores Flash Thompson’s mindset and the guilt he feels for his past sins. The bulk of the issue either has him talking with people he used to bully, or narrating about what’s happened to his mother since the Savage Six storyline. This won’t surprise anyone who’s been paying enough attention to comic news, but by the end he declares his intentions to move away from New York. There’s a little bit of action to round out the issue, but this is a strong, character focused comic. As a point one issue, it’s also a great jumping on point for anyone who is interested in trying this series out.

Gambit 6 was great. Gambit’s return to thieving has been enjoyable so far, but this issue really seems to up the stakes in Gambit’s current situation. Not only is he being forced to work for a crime boss, but MI13 is hunting for him now. This issue has a good number of twists without being over the top or confusing. If you like Gambit, or are interested in a comic that feels kind of like a James Bond/heist movie with superheroes, you should definitely check this out.

Superman 14 was decent. It continues the H’el on Earth crossover with the first major fight of the crossover. As the other issues have mostly focused on their title characters, this one mainly focuses on Superman. He also has an important conversation with Lois Lane, which was hinted at in Supergirl 14. I still can’t say I’m overly excited about this crossover, but it has potential. So far, Supergirl 14 is the best issue in this crossover. Check it out if you’re interested, but I won’t quite recommend it.

Batman Incorporated 5 was awesome. The bulk of the issue is an apocalyptic view of what could happen if Batman Incorporated fails. There’s really not much else to say – you should be checking this series out if you like Batman – even casually.

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2 Responses to Comics of November 28, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    UA was pretty good. Havok didn’t get to do anything, which was a shame. But the latter half, with Rogue, Wanda and the Skull, was pretty great. The Skull is such a great villain. Though the implication that he was going to use his new psychic powers to effectively rape Wanda was a bit icky.

    ANXM hasn’t quite won me over, either. It’s hard to tell, just now, if this is going to be a good series. I think the first two issues have been a little too crazy to get an idea of what the characterization will be like.

    Legacy has lost me, I think. It’s just not great writing, The characterization, the plotting – it’s just failing. And the accent still angers me. He’s not Scottish, dammit! His mother’s Israeli, he got his powers in Paris, went comatose for a while after that, and was only sent to Scotland as a teenager, and only for a little while. Couldn’t have been much more than a couple years. Argh.

    A+X was mediocre. The first story was just not particularly good, even with Black Widow kissing Rogue. The second story was better, though I hated the art, and the writing was nowhere near Peter David’s usual level. Kitty was pretty funny, though.

    Thor was good. One of the better books Marvel has out right now.

    FF has Matt Fraction and Mike Allred. What’s not to love? Clever writing and Mike Allred art make for a great combination. Even if I’m left a little confused as to whether the kids will actually be going with the Fantastic Four. I thought the premise of Fraction’s Fantastic Four was that they would be taking the Future Foundation kids on their journey through space-time. But now Lang is going to be watching over them? Did I miss something? Or did Fraction?

    Secret Avengers was weak. Remender’s run on the book just hasn’t grabbed me.

    Venom was OK. Remender’s been doing a good job on that series. I think I actually prefer him on solo titles than team books.

    Gambit kinda disappointed me. I don’t know, something just felt really off the whole time I was reading it.


  2. healed1337 says:

    I think what’s going on in Fantastic Four/FF is that the Richards children (Franklin and Valeria) are going with the fantastic four while the rest are staying behind.

    Remender isn’t on Venom anymore – it’s Cullen Bunn now. I agree though, Remender’s Venom run was simply amazing, and Bunn’s run hasn’t been nearly as good so far.

    Secret Avengers almost feels like it was written at the time when Remender had way too many ongoing projects. It feels like a cheap version of Uncanny X-Force with Avengers characters. Some of it has been fun, but it’s inferior to most of his other work.


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