Marvel comics of January 22, 2014

So many comics came out this week. In fact for simplicity’s sake, I’ll be splitting this up into two posts: one for Marvel comics and one for other companies. Let’s get started.

The Marvel comics I picked up this week include All new X-Factor 2, Black Widow 2, Marvel Knights X-Men 3, X-Men 9, FF 16, Indestructible Hulk 18, Cable and X-Force 19 and All New X-Men 22. Here are my first impressions; links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted. It’s a bit of a pain though. There are 6 comics I’d like to review in full, but I don’t want to wear myself out. So I’m picking 2 Marvel comics and 2 non-Marvel comics.

All New X-Men 22 review

Black Widow 2 review

All New X-Factor 2 was great. It’s a fun mix of action, humour and touches of character development. It does a good job at referencing events from Peter David’s previous X-Factor volume while explaining enough for new readers to understand them. The interactions between Gambit and Quicksilver continue to be very entertaining. Basically, it’s a self-contained series starring mutant superheroes, but it’s not meant to be an X-Men book. In short, pick it up.

Marvel Knights X-Men 3 was good. Those who see Wolverine as a total jerk will either enjoy him or hate him in this issue. Beyond that, it explains more of the story and has some good character moments for Kitty Pryde, Rogue, and the two mutants introduced in the last two issues. It’s a fun mini-series about the X-Men finding new mutants in a small town. If that sounds interesting, you’ll likely enjoy this.

X-Men 9 was so good. Much of the action showcases exactly how awesome Monet can be, while the story really ramps up with the “partnership” between Deathstrike and Arkea. Without spoiling too much, this issue is intense in so many ways. The writing is great, as is the characterization. Even with everything that works though, this is clearly just a build-up issue. X-Men fans in general should be picking this series up.

FF 16 was good. The bulk of the issue is the fight between Scott Lang and Dr. Doom. It’s both epic and dramatic, really highlighting Scott’s pure hatred for the villain. The remainder of the issue is the same party from the end of Fantastic Four 16, but mostly from the perspective of the FF characters. It ties both this series and Fantastic Four together very well. While it’s not as light hearted as most previous FF issues, it’s still a must for anyone who’s been reading it this far.

Indestructible Hulk 18 was fun. It’s a little chaotic and hard to describe in one paragraph, so let’s just say it continues the Inhumanity tie-in with several surprising developments. The cliffhanger is awesome, as usual for this series. Hulk fans won’t want to miss this one.

Cable and X-Force 19 was good. It sees the two X-Force teams joining up after last issue’s overlong fight scene. Meanwhile, there’s more focus on the hatred between Hope and Bishop. The dialogue between Cable and Stryfe is also good. I’d be surprised if the cliffhanger is what it seems, but it’s still a good one. Since this crossover with Uncanny X-Force will see the end of both titles, those reading either title should pick this up.

All New X-Men 22 was great. The first half focuses more on the drama between Cyclops and Jean Grey with a bit of a hilariously awkward argument. And then the story kicks off as Jean Grey is captured by the Shi’Ar. The Guardians only show up at the end, but what did you expect? It’s also nice that all seven of the X-Men contribute fairly evenly to the fight scene. Kitty Pryde’s ignorance to what they wanted felt a bit odd though; I would have thought she’d figure it out quickly. Also if this issue’s ending is of any indication, this crossover will wisely skip the obligatory hero vs. hero fight. Also, Silver Boobs McGee may be the best nick name Emma Frost has ever had. So far, it looks like it’ll be worth reading for anyone enjoying either series.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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1 Response to Marvel comics of January 22, 2014

  1. xmenxpert says:

    X-Factor was good. Some fun action, and some good drama with the captured mutants.

    Black Widow was great. We see even more the moral ambiguity, the shades of grey in the world she inhabits. I’m also still hoping she relents and adopts Liho.

    MKXM was really, really good. This is a great series. Revel’s art is excellent, and he writes a hell of a Rogue.

    X-Men was great. Monet is badass. I love her. And I’m always happy to see Sabra pop up.

    FF was great. It was nice seeing Lang beat the crap out of Doom.

    Indestructible Hulk was interesting. Pretty cool stuff, especially the time freeze stuff.

    Cable and X-Force was cool. Good drama between Hope and Bishop, and good comedy with the two X-Force teams.

    ANXM was good. The scene between Jean and Scott was very good. Very tense and emotional. And it shows where Jean’s at as we start her trial. And the fight was exciting. And I agree, Silver Boobs McGee was a hilarious line.


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