Well, our internet is down at the moment, so here’s my first attempt at a mobile-based blog post. Let’s hope it goes well.
It’s my mercifully short week of the month, with only six comics to pick up. Half are Marvel, and the other three are each from a different company. There are also no X-Men comics on this week’s pull list, again showing how unbalanced Marvel’s pull list can be.
First, a quick update on my fiction writing. Yesterday I finished the third draft the first novel I hope to publish. Tomorrow I start my spelling/grammar/sentence structure sweep, and then I start looking into editing and publishing options.
The comics I picked up include Fantastic Four 3, Avengers Undercover 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 14, Tomb Raider 3, Red Lanterns 30 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 33. Here are my first impressions; links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Guardians of the Galaxy 14 review
Fantastic Four was alright. The storytelling works and the character drama is decent, but I’m just not feeling this series. There isn’t any sense of adventure, and that’s normally what the FF are all about. I’m also not sure that I’m interested in a storyline where the family falls apart. If you are, this could be worth reading, but I won’t be picking up issue 4.
Tomb Raider 3 was fun. This is mostly an action issue, yet there’s a few good character moments and flashbacks. The plot develops a bit further, but it kind of doesn’t explain much for those who haven’t played the 2013 game (which this storyline is heavily based on). If you’re a Tomb Raider fan, this is at least worth reading whether you’re into comics or not.
Red Lanterns 30 was great. There’s a bit of everything in this issue. There’s intense action involving a new Red Lantern on a rampage, and the beginning of a chase between the good Red Lanterns and Atrocitus to recruit said Lantern. There’s solid character development with both Supergirl and Breez (who was injured in the last issue). I originally picked an issue up because Supergirl joined the team, and I’m really starting to like this series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 33 was great. The turtles are back in town, readying themselves to fight the Foot Clan (by practicing stealth and combat skills on criminals). But the real highlight is the confrontation between Casey Jones and his father – everything about that scene works. This series continues to impress me with each issue, and this is the best comic of the week for me.
Well that was a bit of a pain. It took 30 minutes just to type that out on a phone touch screen. I’m still writing some full reviews, but they won’t be posted until I can get internet access on a computer again.
Fantastic Four was really good. There’s a lot of plot threads all being set up at once, but there’s also a lot of really nice character work going on.
Avengers Undercover has now ended the last little bit of what made Hazmat’s story enjoyable in Academy. Hopeless killed Mettle, ending a really sweet relationship that still had plenty of stuff to explore. He took her out of her suit, ending that aspect of her sense of isolation. And now she’s killed, ending the morality she still clung to. I loved Avengers Academy. It was one of my favourite books. And I loved Hazmat. And I hate Hopeless for what he’s done.
GotG was cool. I loved that last-page cliffhanger – Captain Marvel to the rescue! Hell yeah! And the Groot story was adorable and heartbreaking.