As I’ve said before, I’m planning on participating in this year’s nanowrimo. My anticipation is so strong that I’m physically feeling it. I’m not sure whether I’ll be writing any comic reviews for that month, or just posting about nanowrimo while taking a month off of comic reviews. Either way, juts a heads up. With that said, onto my first impressions for this week’s comics.
This week would be smaller than usual with only 5 comics, so I picked up two creator owned number 1’s. They are Velvet 1 by Ed Brubaker and Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick. I’ve enjoyed work from both writers in the past, so why not?
The other comics I picked up are Wolverine and the X-men 37 (Battle of the Atom part 9), Uncanny Avengers 13, FF 13, Indestructible Hulk 14 and Mass Effect Foundation 4. Some of them were good, while others were forgettable. Links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Uncanny Avengers 13 was alright. As usual, Remender’s superhero action is decent. The thing with Captain America losing his hearing was amusing enough to save this issue. On the other hand, the plot is starting to feel a bit convoluted. The ending with Wolverine is a bit unclear, but I’m finding it hard to care either way. There are also a couple references to Red Skull’s plans, but we haven’t seen him since issue 3. I’m finding it harder to care about this series in general. If you’ve enjoyed it so far, then pick it up by all means. If you haven’t been reading it, this is definitely not the best place to start.
FF 13 was great. After the hilarious ending to the last issue, we see what’s actually going on. There are some great moments for Scott Lang and his interactions with Alex Power. There are also too many hilarious moments to mention any in particular. This is probably my favourite comic of the week.
Indestructible Hulk 14 was fun as usual. The Hulk and robot Banner continue their time-travelling fight against time travelling terrorists. This issue is particularly chaotic, yet it’s somehow easy to follow. And of course, the ending teaser is just epic. Hulk fans will very likely enjoy this, as will anyone interested in the breaking of time in the Marvel Universe.
Velvet 1 was good. It has a similar feel to Brubaker’s Winter Soldier, but with original characters. It takes place in the 1970s and someone’s been killing and framing X-Ops agents. It’s a great start to a promising series.
Mass Effect Foundations 4 was alright. It retells the story about Kaiden killing his biotics instructor (which was first told in Mass Effect 1). There isn’t much new information, making this comic feel a bit pointless. It’s a shame – the first two issues of this mini-series were great, but 3 and 4 were both lackluster. There’s supposed to be 13 of these, so hopefully the others will be better. If the next one fails to satisfy though, I’m done with Foundations.