The most controversial series in Marvel Now kicked off this week with Avengers Arena 1. There’s also Cable and X-Force 1 and Fantastic Four 2. The other comics I picked up this week include Iron Man 4, Amazing Spider-Man 699.1, Scarlet Spider 12, Winter Soldier 13, Wolverine 317, Batman 15, Batgirl 15 and Superboy 15. These are my first impressions – links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Iron Man 4 was great. This is easily the darkest issue in Kieron Gillen’s Iron Man yet. Thirteen women have been transformed into monsters by Extremis, and Tony Stark might be the only one with powerful enough equipment to stop them. Greg Land’s art holds this issue back though – the thirteen women look exactly the same. Still, this is an easy recommendation to Iron Man fans, or for those who want to check him out – everything you need to know is on the recap page.
Amazing Spider-Man 699.1 was good. It’s mostly a prologue to Morbius’s upcoming solo series. It did a good job at introducing him to someone new to the character, like myself. It gives us his origin story and explains how he escapes from Rikers prison. Spider-Man is barely in this, so don’t pick it up if you’re only looking for Spider-Man. There’s really not much else to say about this one. If you’re anticipating Morbius’s solo series, you should pick this issue up.
Scarlet Spider 12 was awesome. The whole issue is basically Scarlet Spider and his friends taking on a bunch of gunmen in Santa costumes. There’s a good amount of character development as well. This issue is completely self-contained, even though it references all of the Scarlet Spider’s previous stories since his return during Spider-Island. If you don’t like the way Amazing Spider-Man is going, it could be worth reading this series about Spider-Man’s clone instead – it’s been very enjoyable so far.
Winter Soldier 13 was great. This issue continues the hunt for the brainwashed Winter Soldier and the Black Widow. The first half is one big action scene, while the second half sets up for the final issue in the Widow Hunt story arc. While the recap page explains everything you need to know, this story arc began with issue 6. This is an excellent espionage comic series about Bucky Barnes – if that sounds interesting, you should be reading this.
Wolverine 317 was fun. It concludes Wolverine’s team up with his ex-girlfriends. This issue finishes the mythology behind the Dreaming Maiden while having an epic fight scene between Wolverine’s group and the people who hired him to kill the Dreaming Maiden years ago. The action is fun, the story is compelling, and this is worth reading for any Wolverine fans.
Superboy 15 was alright. It continues the H’el on Earth crossover with Superman and Supergirl. This focuses mostly on Superman’s attempts to save Superboy’s life – H’el and Supergirl are barely in this issue. There isn’t really any action either, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’d only recommend this issue if you’re following the H’el on Earth crossover.