It’s new comic day and about half-way between Canada day and Independence Day, so Happy Birthday to both Canada and the United States. Now, let’s talk about today’s releases.
The comics I picked up include Rocket Raccoon 1, Magneto 6, New Warriors 7, Black Widow 8, All-New X-Factor 10, Superman Unchained 7 and Witchblade 176. I planned on picking up Vampirella 2, but my comic shop didn’t get enough copies so I’ll have to search other local shops later. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Update: I picked up Vampirella 2, braving rather hard rain on the way home.
Magneto 6 is good. Magneto takes on the Marauders, a group of mutants notorious for killing other mutants. The ending strongly implies that Magneto has something big in the works, and that’s kind of exciting. This series remains kind of like Dexter, but with the Master of Magnetism as the lead character – pick it up if that sounds interesting.
New Warriors 7 is alright. It’s kind of fun, but there’s no real substance to it. This is on my danger list for dropping, and that’s too bad because I’d like to keep following the adventures of the Scarlet Spider.
Black Widow 8 is good. She has a brief team-up with the Winter Soldier while they work separate missions that happen in the same place. There’s a subtle continuity nod to Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier run that works brilliantly. It wasn’t as good as most of the Black Widow series has been, but it’s still worth reading for anyone interested in an espionage series set in the Marvel Universe.
All New X-Factor 10 is great. It continues exactly where the last issue left off, with X-Factor making a new enemy and Gambit making his own enemy on top of that. The interactions between the X-Factor team members remain consistently entertaining, and Peter David makes great use of pop culture references without going overboard. Peter David has really hit his stride now, and once he does, it’s hard to compare him with anyone else – I mean that in a good way.
Superman Unchained 7 is alright. Because it’s been what, 4 months since the last issue, it’s hard to care about what’s happening in this comic. It’s mostly two big fight scenes, one in Superman’s Solitude while the other in Batman’s cave. Not too much happens on the story front, but there is a decent moment between Superman and Lois Lane. This series started off strong, but with the frequent delays and slow storytelling, it’s not really worth picking up.
Witchblade 176 is fun. It’s basically a creepy carnival graveyard story complete with a bit of supernatural weirdness. There isn’t much else to say about this issue and it’s not the most exciting jump-on point, but Witchblade regulars should enjoy this.