These are my unscripted first impressions on the comics I picked up today. They include Wolverine 1, Age of Ultron 2, Secret Avengers 2, The Fearless Defenders 2, Uncanny X-Men 3, Fantastic Four 5, Thor: God of Thunder 6, Avengers Arena 6, X-Men Legacy 7, Batman 18 and Batgirl 18. I’ll add links to my full text reviews as I post them.
In case you’d rather read my thoughts, here they are in a couple sentences each.
Uncanny X-Men 3 was great. The confrontation between Cyclops’ X-Men and the Avengers was a lot more civil than I was expecting, not that it’s a bad thing. It also develops the back story for one of the new mutant characters. This is an easy recommendation for X-Men fans.
Fantastic Four 5 was great. The confrontation between Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman was very well handled, and the field trip into old Rome was a fun little adventure. Recommended for Fantastic Four fans and/or fans of Matt Fraction’s writing.
Thor: God of Thunder 6 was great. It’s the origin issue of Gorr: The God Butcher. If you’ve been enjoying Thor so far, this issue could be important.
Avengers Arena 6 was good. It has the first death caused by one of the contestants. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just say that it’s one of the new characters. If you’ve been enjoying this so far, you’ll likely enjoy this issue. If this series angers you, this issue won’t change your mind.
X-Men Legacy was crazy fun. Legion takes on a bunch of mutant-hating religious nutjubs while telepathically flirting with Blindfold. There’s really nothing else to say about this one. Legacy started out as mediocre, but it’s easily the weirdest Marvel Now series so far, and in a fun way.
Batman 18 was great. It deals with Batman’s reaction to Damien Wayne’s death through the perspective of Harper Roy (a minor character who was introduced earlier in Batman’s new 52 series). It’s a touching issue that can take place any time in continuity. Batman fans should definitely read this one.
Batgirl 18 was good, but not as good. It also deals with the aftermath of Damien Wayne’s death, but the continuity feels off. Otherwise, it’s a fun chase game of death between Batgirl and her criminal brother … from his perspective.