Comics of December 12, 2012

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.

Avengers Arena 1 review

Cable and X-Force 1 review

Batman 15 review

Fantastic Four 2 review

Batgirl 2 review


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.

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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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2 Responses to Comics of December 12, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    I hated Arena. Killing off *insert killed character’s name here* like that just pissed me off. First issue, and he’s already killed off a character I love. I’m not buying anything Hopeless writes. Ever. The way he killed *insert killed character’s name here* off was simply unforgivable.

    Cable & X-Force was good, but as I just said, I won’t buy it. Because Hopeless is writing it, and he’s permanently lost me as a reader.

    Fantastic Four was really good. I liked it.

    Iron Man has great writing, but Land on art. On the plus side, Gillen actually wrote in a justification for all of Land’s women looking exactly the same, by having Tony admit that women all look the same to him. Of course, at the end, when Tony says Pepper isn’t like other women, it would’ve been a lot more effective if Land had stopped being awful, for just one page, and not traced Pepper still looking exactly the same as every other woman Land has ever drawn. Marvel seriously just needs to fire him.

    ASM was pretty good, even if it was actually Morbius 0.1. It was cool seeing his early years, before he became a vampire.

    Scarlet Spider was cool. I wonder why Kaine is such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol, though.

    Winter Soldier was cool.

    Wolverine was good. A bit of a disappointing finale to the arc, but still good. Also, I’m glad Elsa didn’t end up hooking up with Logan. I was a little afraid that might happen. I was relieved Bunn chose not to go that route.


  2. healed1337 says:

    I can understand hating Avengers Arena (I’m editing your comment because I’d rather not have spoilers on these short first impression posts). I’m not all that happy about killing off a character that I like, but I’m trying to look at the first two issues without letting my personal feelings get in the way.

    Full agreement with Greg Land. While I don’t hate him quite as much as you do, I certainly wouldn’t miss him if Marvel rid themselves of his tracing ways.

    Yeah, it was a bit weird that Kaine is a lightweight, but it was also funny.

    I wouldn’t mind if Elsa shows up again some time, but I agree – it’s better that Bunn didn’t hook Wolverine up with anyone at the tail end of his too short Wolverine run.


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