Comics of December 19, 2012

So many comic releases this week. It’s understandable since next Wednesday is Boxing Day, but still. As such, I’m only going to talk about Marvel Now books and a few comics from other companies this week. The comics I’ll try to review in full are Avengers 2, Avengers Arena 2, Thunderbolts 2, Captain America 2, Cable and X-Force 2, Indestructible Hulk 2, FF 2 and Journey Into Mystery 647.The other books I’m looking at are Thor 3, All New X-Men 4, Supergirl 15, Nightwing 16 and Witchblade 162. These are my first impressions – I’ll add links to reviews as I post them.

Avengers 2 review

Avengers Arena 2 review

Thunderbolts 2 review

Captain America 2 review

Indestructible Hulk 2 review

Cable and X-Force 2 review

Journey Into Mystery 647 review

I’ll save the rest of my pull list for next week.

FF 2 was good. It takes place immediately after Fantastic Four 2 and has the replacement members dealing with the fact that the Fantastic Four didn’t return as scheduled. They fight the Mole Man, who seems a bit off considering how he was portrayed in Hickman’s run (Although it’s not completely inappropriate as it feels like a homage to the Fantastic Four volume 1 1). The real test for Matt Fraction’s run begins with issue 3 for both Fantastic Four and FF – let’s hope he can pull it off.

All New X-Men 4 was very good. The first half of the issue is the original five X-Men fighting old Cyclops’s team. The rest of the issue is somewhat unclear as to how this series will move forward, or the upcoming Uncanny X-Men relaunch for that matter, but it’s still entertaining. There’s more characterization in this issue than the first three issues, but it’s still not entirely clear how the characters in either of Brian Michael Bendis’s X-Men books will be portrayed. There’s a lot of potential here, but I’m still not fully convinced to stick with it. Either way, this is an important read for X-Men fans.

Thor: God of Thunder 3 was awesome. This issue focuses primarily on Modern day Thor, who has decided to start tracking down Gorr the God Butcher. Young Thor from the last issue has decent panel time as well, which focuses on the aftermath of his first encounter with the butcher. This series is simply epic so far. Anyone remotely interested in Thor should be picking this up, even if they haven’t read a comic in their life before.

X-Men Legacy was … I’m not yet sure what to think. We’re three issues in, and there still isn’t all that much characterization for David Haller himself. It’s sort of fun watching him try to retake his mind, but nearly every Legion related story has that kind of internal battle for him. It is unpredictable so far, but with this issue that seems to be the only noteworthy thing. This issue was somewhat confusing, and the art didn’t help much. I’m starting to lose hope for this series – I’ll give it one more issue to win me over.

Supergirl 15 was decent. While it seems that Supergirl remains the best of the three titles in the H’el on Earth crossover, the crossover is holding this issue back a bit. The best parts are the flashbacks to when Kara was still on Krypton and conversing with her friend. With the current timeline scenes though, she seems a bit too trusting of H’el’s efforts. If you’re intending on reading the entire H’el on Earth crossover, this is an important issue. Personally, I’m quickly losing hope for this storyline and I’m considering dropping this series until whenever H’el on Earth ends.

Nightwing 15 was great. It’s nice to see Kyle Higgins back on the book after the dullness that was contained in issues 13 and 14. The Joker seems to be after Nightwing’s circus, which will surprise no one who’s been reading the solicitations. While this isn’t nearly as dark as Batman or Batgirl’s involvement with “Death of the Family” yet, the cliffhanger suggests that something big will happen in the next issue. This is definitely worth reading if you like Nightwing and/or the Joker.

Witchblade 162 was fun. Sara Pezzini goes to a baseball game, where she learns about the legend behind the Cub’s long time losing streak in the Major Leagues. There’s also a bit of build up for what other weird storyline is coming up. This is worth reading for Witchblade regulars, or for anyone looking for a comic that’s full of weird fun.

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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 - www.healed1337.blogspot.com 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 19, 2012

  1. xmenxpert says:

    Avengers #2 was a big improvement, to me. Hickman still needs to add some character work, but it’s going in the right direction.

    Arena was meh. I don’t care about Deathlockett. I’ve actually read the original Deathlok stories, and I still don’t care about General Ryker’s daughter. Considering she’ll probably die before the series ends anyway, why should I care? What possible motivation do I have for getting attached to any of the new characters, when Hopeless has already sent the message, by killing Mettle, that teen heroes are expendable?

    Cable & X-Force was good. If I wasn’t so mad at Hopeless over Arena, I’d definitely be buying this book.

    Thunderbolts is lame. Way’s a bad writer. And the art is weak, what with all the faces looking too feminine.

    Captain America’s good.

    FF is great. Fraction and Allred are both creators who have a knack for doing really fun stuff, but with subtle depth. Great book. Worth checking out, even for people who aren’t Fantastic Four fans.

    Hulk was good. I would say, though, that Tony didn’t “accidentally” unleash the Hulk. Banner makes it clear that the whole reason he wanted Tony along was for a chance to pound on him a bit. I’m still disappointed that Waid made the Hulk largely mindless, though. It’s throwing out years of development with no explanation.

    JiM is good. I’m enjoying it. It’s on my pull list, though part of that is my desire to support female creators in general. Still, Sif’s long been underutilized, and Immonen’s doing interesting stuff with her. So I’m on board.

    ANXM was great. This is what the series should be. It’s just solid all around. I’m eager to see where it goes from here.

    Thor was great.

    And Legacy’s OK. Just OK.

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  2. healed1337 says:

    You seem to hate the concept of Avengers Arena too much to let yourself get attached to any of the new characters. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not counting that against you. I never gave Red Hulk’s book a chance because Jeff Parker’s issue in the Circle of Four “crossover” angered me. I only tried out Red She Hulk because I had previously promised to give every Marvel Now book at least two issues. I’m just curious, if the first issue angered you that much, why bother reading any more of Avengers Arena?

    I have to re-read Incredible Hulk to catch what you described – too many books this week to remember every detail with only one read through. I’m a bit disappointed with the hulk’s simplification as well, but I didn’t let that hinder my enjoyment for this issue. It seems like both Waid and Hickman are trying to make the Hulk and the Avengers like the movie to an extent, in hopes that they can bring in new fans. To that extent I can understand it, but I fully agree that there should be some sort of explanation.

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