Mario Kart Wii U releases in two days, so I have my weekend planned. But for now, it’s comic time.
As always, the last Wednesday of the month is my easy week. I picked up Ms. Marvel 4, Guardians of the Galaxy 15, Batman 31, Red Lanterns 31, Tomb Raider 4 and The Star Wars 8. I think this is the first time I’ve had a 3-way tie between Marvel, DC and other companies. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Guardians of the Galaxy 15 review
Batman 31 was very good. The bulk of it is an intellectual battle between Batman and The Riddler, with a fair amount of action at the same time. While I’ve been going back and forth with my thoughts on Year Zero, this issue explores the way these two characters think very well. Fans of either Batman or The Riddler will probably enjoy this one.
Red Lanterns 31 was fun. It’s kind of a 3-way confrontation between the Red Lanterns, Atrocitus and the Judge (a new and very powerful Red Lantern). You have to read the last few issues of Red Lanterns and Supergirl to understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it if you enjoy either title.
The Star Wars 8 was alright. It finishes the mini-series based on George Lucas’s original draft for Star Wars. The mini-series started off well, but by the end it felt a bit rushed (understandable considering how Dark Horse’s Star Wars license is about to end). While I enjoyed it, this is only worth picking up if you’re a huge Star Wars fan or are curious about what Lucas first planned for the original trilogy. It’s very different from the movies.
Ms. Marvel was awesome. So, so good.
GotG was meh, as usual. I really don’t like Bradshaw’s art style. And the cover was a damned lie. The cover and solicit both said Captain Marvel would be there, and yet she didn’t even get a cameo. Don’t put characters on the cover if they’re not in the issue. Trying to rip off fans of the character like that is dishonest and disgusting. That’s not Bendis’ problem, it’s the fault of the editor and of Bradshaw himself, who drew the cover knowing full well that Carol was nowhere inside the comic.