My computer is having a few … issues today, so I’m just going to write my first impressions this week. I’m also considering dropping the Release Day Rundown videos since I’m not getting all that many views.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Young Avengers 8, Captain America 9, Uncanny Avengers 10, Superior Spider-Man 14, Gambit 15, Scarlet Spider 19, Wolverine and the X-Men 33, Journey Into Mystery 654 and Witchblade 168. These are my first impressions in three sentences or less (except for Uncanny Avengers).
Young Avengers 8 was alright. I’ve been picking this series up again in the last few weeks, and it is growing on me. It’s a very creative book and it’s generally well done, but it’s not really the style of entertainment I’ve ever really enjoyed. The fact that it’s growing on me is a testament to how good a writer Kieron Gillen is.
Captain America was good, but I can’t help but feel relieved that this storyline is almost over. It focuses well on who Captain America is, and there’s a good amount of drama surrounding Zola’s daughter as well. While it’s a bit late to read this series from the start, it’s at least worth checking out for Captain America fans who don’t mind a science-fiction storyline.
Uncanny Avengers was alright; it helps that it’s not trying to be political like the last issue, but the action leaps around too much. It also doesn’t help that two of the four horsemen are relatively unpopular characters (and one might just be my least favourite X-men villain). It also bothered me that Rogue even recognized Sentry when he attacked Thor, especially considering that he was moving several times the speed of light. At that speed, she might as well say that he was teleported away. Still, the plot remains interesting and there is some decent character drama. If you’ve been enjoying this series, this is worth reading.
Superior Spider-Man was good, but kind of confusing. Spider-Ock only acquired Spider-Island 2 in the last issue, and yet he’s already able to wage an all-out war against Kingpin? Beyond that, it’s a good issue with plenty of action and some decent plot development with Spider-Man’s villains. Worth reading if you’ve been enjoying Superior, but it’s not as good as most issues.
Gambit 15 was fun. The title character has to investigate a robbery that seems to be calling out to him. There’s not much to say about this one – read it if you’re a gambit fan, don’t if you’re not.
Scarlet Spider 19 was very entertaining. The whole comic is a bit of a mad brawl between Scarlet Spider, Wolverine, the Assassin’s guild and an eternal. It’s chaotic, the dialogue is great and the Scarlet Spider’s antics are just as entertaining as ever. This is definitely worth picking up for spider-man fans, whether you like Superior Spider-Man or not.
Wolverine and the X-Men 33 was … OK. It helps that it’s not trying to make you laugh as much as the last two, but the characterization is still all over the place. Quinten Quire, Oya and Toad’s portrayals really are the only redeemable factors in this storyline; everything else either feels rushed, forced or downright offensive. Unless you’ve somehow been enjoying The Hellfire Saga, I cannot recommend this.
Journey into Mystery 654 was awesome. While it was a bit confusing at first, everything falls into place by the end. The dialogue is great, the action is entertaining and the story crazy in a good way. I will definitely miss this book when it ends, and anyone who likes Marvel’s take on Asgard should be reading this.
Witchblade 168 was a lot of fun, but might be a bit confusing to new readers. It’s throwing everything from Tim Seeley’s run together into a rather epic storyline, filled with interesting villains, good action and some great dialogue. This series in general is delightfully weird, and an easy recommendation to anyone who is intrigued by the sound of that.