Happy Comic release Wednesday! Yeah, I can’t really think of a better intro today, so let’s get this started.
The comics I picked up this week include Cyclops 2, Magneto 5, New Warriors 5, Black Widow 7, Amazing X-Men 8, All New X-Factor 9, Vampirella 1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 34 and Witchblade 175. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added once they’re posted.
Magneto 5 was interesting. The first four issues had Magneto acting as a mutant version of Dexter, killing those that intend to harm mutants one way or another. This issue introduces a new character who offers to help Magneto as an information specialist, yet the flashbacks hint that she’s not being straight with him. This is a great series so far, and Magneto fans should check it out if they haven’t yet.
New Warriors 5 was fun, but not great. The team is split in two for the bulk of the issue, with three of them in an action scene while the other four get to know each other. There’s a lot of humour and most of it works, but there isn’t much of a story so far. I hope this series improves, because it has a lot of potential but it’s not good enough to recommend yet.
Black Widow 7 was great. After SHIELD decided not to continue investigating the Black Widow’s case, she has to start her own private investigation. This leads to a rooftop chase scene, another potential dead end and an encounter with Daredevil. Each issue seems to have a different theme so far, and this one is mostly about how far Black Widow will go to accomplish her objectives and how cold she’s become. This has been a great espionage series so far.
Amazing X-Men 8 was fun. Most of the issue follows Wolverine in Canada while he and Vindicator from Alpha Flight track down her missing husband. Then of course the Windigos show up. This looks like it’ll be a fun and intense story arc. This is worth checking out if you enjoy the X-Men, or if you’re starved for another Alpha Flight appearance.
X-Factor 9 was great. There’s a lot of character drama in this issue, much of which focuses on the young mutant girl that X-Factor “rescued” in issues 8 and 9. There’s a lot of disagreeing between team members, making the drama all the more interesting. Also, Gambit may have just bedded the wrong woman. If you enjoy Peter David’s writing, any of the characters on the team or are just looking for a title starring mutants that aren’t members of any X-Men teams, this is worth reading.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 34 was great as usual. Most of the issue focuses on Donatello’s science friend, Harold. There’s enough exposition about the main story for new readers without dragging on for regulars, plus you get a malfunctioning security bot with too many weapons. When so much of the series has been dark lately, it’s great to have an issue that’s just fun yet still has room for character development. If you’re a Ninja Turtles fan who hasn’t given this series a chance yet, there’s one question you must ask yourself. What’s wrong with you?