It’s the first Wednesday of the year, and the first week of Marvel Now. Several titles launched this week. Black Widow, All New X-Factor and Avengers World each had their first issues. Because I’m no longer reading Hickman’s Avengers, I skipped Avengers World, but I picked up the other two along with All New Marvel Now point one. I also picked up Avengers AI 8, Young Avengers 15, Cable and X-Force 18 and Aphrodite IX 7. Here are my first impressions – links to full reviews will be added below.
Avengers AI 8 was great fun. The story is getting more intense, but the mood is still lighthearted. This issue also has plenty of great jokes (half of which involve Doombot). The action and art are both very creative. It’s nice to see Rogue make an appearance here as well, and hopefully that means most other titles will ignore her character assassinating death in Uncanny Avengers. It’s hard not to just talk about everything fun about this issue. Just check it out if you haven’t already.
Young Avengers 15 was alright. I’ve said many times that this series just isn’t in my taste, but even then I was a bit disappointed with this one. The main reason is that it just doesn’t give the main Young Avengers characters all that much panel time. Sure, teenaged Loki gets a lot of time, but he has an upcoming solo series anyway. What of the other characters that don’t have guaranteed appearances coming up? Even so, this is a well-written and very creative comic. It’s not in my taste, but there are plenty who will enjoy it.
Cable and X-Force 18 was decent, but a slight step down from usual. It does a decent job at setting up the crossover. Hope’s anger toward Bishop is highlighted very well. This issue really only falls apart once the villain shows up, because hardly anything is done with him. As long as the future issues in this crossover use him well though, consider this complaint temporary. If you’ve been reading either Cable and X-Force or Uncanny X-Force, this is worth picking up.