Today’s comics were all pretty good, which I kind of needed. We have to put down one of our dogs today because he has a growth in his mouth. While I still plan on writing at least two reviews, they might be a little delayed this week.
My pull list was shorter than usual, partly because I dropped Captain America and will probably not be reading any more of DC’s villain month. While I will eventually replace dropped titles with other books, I didn’t feel like trying anything new this week. I picked up X-Men 5 (Battle of the Atom part 3), Fearless Defenders 9, Fantastic Four 12, Indestructible Hulk 13, Avengers Arena 15, Astonishing X-Men 67 and Red Sonja 3.
Here are my first impressions. Links to my full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Fearless Defenders 9 was simply awesome. The all-female defenders squad faces off against a group of supervillains while the male defenders simply wonder where they are. Every single page has at least one funny line of dialogue, and the action is pretty good as well. While X-Men 5 was the best comic of the week, this was the most entertaining. This series deserves more followers.
Fantastic Four 12 was good. It’s the first issue where Matt Fraction has help writing, yet it still feels like Matt Fraction’s work. It’s also a simpler read than the previous issue, and everything flows better. It feels as though the storyline with the FF being lost in time is starting to wind down, but there’s definitely still more to come. It’s worth reading for Fantastic Four fans.
Indestructible Hulk 13 was fun. The Hulk teams up with the Knights of the Round Table, taking on a time-travelling villain. Mark Waid doesn’t waste this opportunity at all, making this a delightful read. Hulk fans should be reading this series in general, as should anyone who is into the idea of time being broken in the Marvel universe.
Avengers Arena 15 was good but as with the rest, it won’t win over any detractors. One of the Arena original characters dies in this issue, but it’s a fairly well-written death for who is probably one of the less popular original characters. At this point though, you’re either reading this series or ignoring it, so it’s not worth writing a full review until the last issue.
Astonishing X-Men 67 was interesting. It continues the last issue’s story, but it’s written from the perspective of a lonely fan of superheroes in a small town. The wrap up for the alien story is decent in its own right, but the lesson the lonely fan learns improves this issue greatly. For that alone, this is probably worth reading for superhero fans in general.
That’s rough about the dog.
X-Men was great. Some excellent characterization, including Kitty and Rachel hanging out. I always love seeing that.
Fearless Defenders was fun. A nice, fun comic. The villains were great – Sylvie! I love Sylvie! She’s such an amazing villain. She needs way more use. I was also glad to see Shamrock pop up. Even if she didn’t put on the costume. She’s a character who never got the break she deserved.
Fantastic Four was really cool. Crazy, and cool.
Indestructible Hulk was fun, as usual. I’m enjoying this story. I love me some time travel shenanigans, and this one’s using time well.
Avengers Arena was whatever.
AXM was meh. The girl was kinda cute, but it was a predictable and saccharine story.