These are my first impressions for all the comics I picked up this week. They include Age of Ultron 1, Cable and X-Force 5, Avengers 7, All-New X-Men 8, Red She Hulk 63 and Animal Man 18. I’ll add links to my full reviews as they’re posted on my blog.
I also picked up Witchblade 164 but Witchblade 164 is the second part in a crossover and the last Darkness issue was sold out. I’d rather track it down before I read this week’s Witchblade.
I also finally read last week’s Journey Into Mystery, which was awesome, Gambit, which was very entertaining, and Astonishing X-Men. Astonishing was good, but a bit mixed. The scenes involving Northstar’s potential deportation were both interesting and unique, while the lead up toward X-tinction weren’t quite as good.
In case you’d rather read my impressions, here they are in three sentences or less.
Avengers 7 was decent, but kind of disappointing. It does little to explain exactly what a white event is, or how it’s a threat to Earth – it feels as if Hickman should have explained it better considering the last issue teased it. There is some great storytelling though, especially with the person with the starbrand. It’s still worth reading if you’ve enjoyed Hickman’s Avengers so far, but it’s not a good jumping on point.
All New X-Men 8 was great. The first half is young Warren and current Archangel working together, and it’s entertaining yet deep. Later on, it has the most amusing scene I’ve read in weeks. This is an easy recommendation for X-Men fans.
Red She Hulk 63 was good for the most part, but I didn’t really like the ending. Still, it’s definitely worth checking out for Hulk fans in general.
Age of Ultron was pretty good. Interesting premise off the bat, presented well. We’ll see if Bendis can keep it up, though.
Cable & X-Force was really good. A lot of fun. It had a giant robot fighting a giant scorpion – what more could you want in a comic.
Avengers was OK. I never read any of the old newuniverse stuff this is referencing, but I’ve read about it. It’s actually kinda cool seeing it brought to 616. On the other hand, this issue was very light on characterization, which is disappointing.
ANXM was great. Angel was a lot of fun, and Warren’s freaking out was well done. That ending was very unsettling. Also, Kitty and Bobby joking around about what Cap and Beast were saying to each other was oddly endearing. Their chemistry there was actually way better than anything Aaron’s given them in WatXM.
Red She Hulk was excellent, as always. I love the dry humour of Machine Man.
Superior Spider-Man was really good. Some great characterization. Also, Spider-Ock might have a midget as a romantic possibility. I hope he hooks up with the midget. She seems nice.
Good job finally reading JiM. Such a great book. One of Marvel’s best solo titles. And bro, Marvel’s solo titles include Hawkeye, bro. Bro, JiM’s up there with Hawkeye, bro. Bro.
Yeah, I just read Superior Spider-Man after I posted the Age of Ultron review. It was a great issue, and it actually gives you something to think about in how Spider-Man dealt with Massacre. I wasn’t overly surprised, but it was still kind of shocking – in a good way.