Comics of Boxing day 2012 (and some from last week)

The only new comic I bought this week was Amazing Spider-Man 700, and that’s also the only full review I’ll be writing this week (after eight reviews last week in addition to my Christmas posts and my retail job, I could use a bit of a break). Last week I said that I’d save a bunch of other comics for this week. Those include Wolverine and the X-Men 22, X-Factor 249, Uncanny X-Force 35, Gambit 7, Astonishing X-Men 57, Venom 28, Scarlet Spider 12.1 and Captain Marvel 8. This is what I thought of last week’s non-Marvel Now books.

Amazing Spider-Man 700 review

Scarlet Spider 12.1 was also great. After a murder that feels all too familiar to Kaine, he goes on a rampage against the various gangs of Texas. Good action, good internal monologues and a great twist at the end. This is the perfect jumping on point for the Scarlet Spider, which has been a great Spider-Man franchise book so far.

Venom 28 was intense, but fun. Flash Thompson is in way over his head as he fights the U-Foes on his own. There isn’t much character depth and despite the U-Foes brutality killing civilians, this feels like a typical superhero comic. Katy Kiernan, a tabloid reporter that was recently introduced in Cullen Bunn’s Venom run, is kidnapped by the U-Foes and Venom will most likely have to rescue her. This storyline has potential and this issue is fun, but it’s nothing special. If you’ve been enjoying Bunn’s Venom run so far, this is worth checking out. I wouldn’t quite recommend it to new readers though.

Captain Marvel 8 was awesome. Carol Danvers teams up with Monica Rambeau against a giant killer robot for the entire issue. What more do you need? Lots of action and great humour mixed with good art. Whether you like Miss/Captain Marvel or are interested in learning more about individual Avenger members, this is an easy recommendation. Everything you need to know is on the recap page, although issue 7 shouldn’t be too hard to find and it’s also great.

Uncanny X-Force 35 was good, but disappointing. There wasn’t as much focus on the Final Execution aftermath as I was expecting. This issue does a good job at tying up loose ends, and there are a few surprises toward the end. The issue feels a bit dry though – I’m not sure what it is, but it’s kind of hard to care about what happens in this issue. This has been my favourite ongoing series for a while; it’s too bad that the final issue is this disappointing. If you’ve read the entire Uncanny X-Force run you should at least read this issue, but I find it hard to recommend buying it before you read it.

X-Factor 249 was awesome. The whole issue is build up for X-Factor’s Hell on Earth storyline, which begins next issue. There’s lots of great action mixed with Peter David’s usual comedic wit – this is probably my favourite comic issue of the month. Check it out if you like the X-Men franchise in general.

Astonishing X-Men 57 was good. After the mess that ended the previous storyline, this issue feels much more focused. Warbird stars in this issue that sets up what could be an intriguing mystery storyline. There’s a lot more character focus in than the last few issues, which also helps. Can’t say I’m a fan of the art though. If you’re curious about Warbird, this issue is worth checking out.

Gambit 7 was fun. It concludes Gambit’s struggle against both MI13 and the crime lord that kidnapped him. This storyline is kind of half-way between a bond movie and a heist story, but with superpowers. If that interests you and/or you like Gambit, this issue is worth picking up.

Wolverine and the X-Men 22 was ok. This is coming from someone who usually likes this series, but the circus storyline is getting old. It’s not as funny as this series usually is, and the action feels unfocused through most of the issue. It’s interesting seeing one of the hellfire kids working with one of the X-kids, but otherwise this issue isn’t worth reading.

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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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1 Response to Comics of Boxing day 2012 (and some from last week)

  1. xmenxpert says:

    ASM was good, aside from the fact that it opens the possibility of Spider-Ock raping MJ. Let’s hope nothing happens between them.

    Scarlet Spider was good. Very enjoyable.

    Venom was cool.

    I love Captain Marvel. One of my favourite comics right now. DeConnick’s doing a great job with the character. And Monica steals the show here, showing why she deserves to be used again.

    UXF was meh. I haven’t cared about this book in a long time. This finale felt way too shmaltzy, Psylocke and Fantomex never actually seemed to me to have a great chemistry – I just don’t care.

    X-Factor is awesome, as always.

    ASM was meh. I just can’t bring myself to care about Liu’s run on this book. It was and OK issue, I guess. I will say, though, that Liu handled Warbird’s artistic inclinations far, far better than Aaron did in WatXM a few months ago. She was subtler about it, and at the same time made it clearer how ashamed Warbird is about it.

    Gambit was a lot of fun. That was the Peter Wisdom I know and love. Gambit himself was fantastic. Faiza and the Black Knight got some cool moments. Great book.

    WatXM sucks. The Hellfire Brats need to be killed off. All of them. This book continues to have shallow characterization, too much focus on being silly rather than clever (and always seems to be winking at the audience, with a “look how silly this all is” attitude, rather than playing it straight, which is how slapstick should be handled), and the Hellfire Brats are simply one of the most obnoxious concepts I’ve ever read. Also, I read the Frankenstein series of the ’70s. The monster gave up on his quest for revenge against the Frankenstein Family. And he was never really willing to kill totally innocent people just to get his revenge. So the Frankenstein Monster is completely out of character here.


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