It’s Wednesday, which means another batch of new comic releases. Usually the second last Wednesday of the month is brutally large for me, but today’s pull list is actually quite merciful. It’s also not very often when I pick up 7 comics, and from 5 different companies.
The comics I picked up include X-Men 15, Uncanny X-Men 22, Thor: God of Thunder 23, Red Sonja 10, Aphrodite IX 11, Supergirl 32 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
X-Men 15 is good. There are a number of good character moments in this issue, especially with Jubilee and Storm. The story is slightly less intense than the last issue to make room for these moments, yet it still ends by showing how much a threat Shogo’s father is. The danger room backup story isn’t quite as good, but it’s kind of entertaining. Brian Wood’s X-Men started off as a great all-female X-title, and it seems to be on the right track again. This is an easy recommendation to X-Men fans who want a title that feels like a classic X-Men book.
Thor: God of Thunder 25 is fun. Modern Thor fights minotaurs while future Thor fights Galactus. Anything else you need to know is on the recap page. If you’re a Thor fan or want to check him out, you really should be reading Jason Aaron’s purely epic run. That said, this is probably my last issue because I need to cut back a bit.
Red Sonja 10 is great. Sonja’s quest to find the greatest artisans of the land continues as she tries to convince the world’s greatest swordsman to join her. What follows are two duels between the two, and a bunch of both comedic and dramatic moments in between. Gail Simone is rocking this series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35 is great. Half of the issue focuses on the developing conflict between Casey Jones and his father, while the rest features Hob and his own planned genetic experiments. One is dark and dramatic while the other is just fun and could lead in so many interesting directions. Ninja Turtles fans should be reading this series, whether you read comics or not.
X-Men was great. Really great. Wood writes a fantastic Storm. Kymera’s neat, there’s some nice moments throughout, and the Future actually seems pretty interesting.
UXM was great. A solid climax to the arc.
Thor was really good. Another cool climax.