It’s a decently sized load of comics this week, and a lot of heavy exposition in several of them. Two number ones released, a series ended, and Superior Spider-Man’s final storyline kicked off. Throw in the fact that I read all of these in less than two hours, my room’s being painted (the renovation is almost over) and the first Canada vs. USA hockey game was played earlier and, well … it’s quite possible I missed a few things. Even so, here are my first impressions.
The comics I picked up this week include X-Force 1, She Hulk 1, All New X-Factor 3, Marvel Knights X-Men 4, Thor 19, All New X-Men 23, X-Men Legacy 24, Superior Spider-Man 27, the Red Sonja Berserker one shot, Batman 28 and Batgirl 28. Links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
All New X-Factor 3 was fun. It throws in several potential conspiracies for the future of the series, makes good use of Gambit’s thieves guild connections, and ends with an intense teaser. The banter between the X-Factor members continues to be a delight. So far, this is just a solid superhero series that happens to star Mutants. Check it out.
Marvel Knights 4 (out of 5) was great. This mini-series continues to get better with each issue as the team of X-Men deal with the rather chaotic powers from the new mutants in a small town. Meanwhile, both Wolverine and Rogue have to face some old demons of their own. If you’re an X-Men fan, you should give this mini a shot.
Thor: God of Thunder 19 was fun. It introduces a potentially epic new storyline called “The Last Days of Midgard”, while giving us a few decent cameos from Jason Aaron’s Wolverine solo series. Not the greatest issue of Aaron’s Thor series, but it’s enjoyable enough.
X-Men Legacy 24 was a solid conclusion to the series. In fact, the ending was quite the surprise, and that’s saying something for what has usually been an unpredictable series. Sometimes Legion’s internal narration has been distracting, but I thought it worked in this issue. There really wasn’t anything else like this title in the X-Men Franchise, and while it had its flaws, I’ll miss this series.
Superior Spider-Man 27 was great. There were several epic moments as the war between Spider-Ock and the Goblin Nation begins. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is working inside Spider-Ock’s head to try to rebuild himself. It looks like Goblin Nation will be yet another brilliant storyline by Dan Slott, and it’s increasingly clear that he was born to write Spider-Man.
Red Sonja Berserker was also great. Basically, Red Sonja befriends a bear, is thrown into an arena, and then sparks chaos inside the city in which the arena resides. The friendship between Sonja and the bear is beautifully written, and the rest of the issue’s action is just plain awesome. While it’s from a different writer, it’s just as solid as Gail Simone’s main series.
Batman 28 was fun. It was a brief departure from the Year Zero that’s been going on for a while, and instead teases Batman Eternal. It’s not deep, but it shows a lot of promise. It also helps that the last page reveals the debut of a character a lot of people have been missing since the relaunch. Anyone interested in Batman Eternal should pick this issue up. If you enjoy Batman in general you should at least read this issue.
Batgirl 28 was good. It introduces an amusingly delusional villain who thinks the Bat family are all vampires. It’s also fun to see Barbara teaming up with Styx again (from the Court of Owls). As the start of a new storyline it’s also a decent introductory issue.
X-Force was really good. Marrow’s delightful. I missed her. Psylocke’s hatred of Fantomex is also enjoyable.
She-Hulk was great. Just a fun, smart, wonderful book.
AN X-Factor was good. It’s getting better. More character stuff here, and more of Serval’s shadiness.
MK X-Men was great. I’m loving it. Revel’s doing some great Rogue work.
Thor was good. His crush on Roz is kinda cute.
ANXM is good, with moments of greatness. Particularly the scene with Jean and Oracle.
XM wasn’t very satisfying. I found the resolution – which seems to have retconned away every story Legion was ever involved with – bothered me. I don’t like when previous stories are completely erased, because those have an effect on the stories that follow.
Spider-Man was good. Lots of fun stuff.