It’s a bit of a small week for me with comics, and that’s probably a good thing. I just got my professional feedback for my book back, so I’ll be spending the next while working on it. On the upside the feedback was mostly positive. That’s encouraging. I’ll probably only write one full review this week though, so that I can spend some time editing it today and tomorrow.
The comics I picked up include Storm 1, Amazing Spider-Man 4, Tomb Raider 6, Velvet 6, Batman 33 and Red Lanterns 33. I haven’t decided yet, but my favourite comic of the week is between Batman 33 and Velvet 6. Here are my first impressions, and links full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Amazing Spider-Man 4 is alright. It’s a fun comic, but in some ways it feels rushed. Silk could be an interesting new character and her introduction works, but the side-plots from Amazing Spider-Man kind of distract from Silk’s backstory. While the new Amazing Spider-Man series is good so far, Dan Slott has written better Spider-Man material. Still, Spider-Man fans should at least read this one.
Tomb Raider 6 is decent. There’s some good action and decent plot development, but some of the plot twists kind of come out of nowhere and with little explanation. It explains that one of the four guardians must donate blood to resurrect the villain from the 2013 reboot game and somehow Lara Croft is one of them, but the comic doesn’t explain how or why. I have a few guesses, but it really should have been explained. This series started well, but the last few issues were just alright. I’ll give it a few more issues.
Velvet 6 is very good. Now that Velvet has a list of suspects for who is trying to ruin her, she has to break into MI6 headquarters. This issue is mostly setting that up, and it’s exciting. Throw in a little more backstory, some very well-written narrations exploring the mind of a spy and a surprise ending, and you have a great espionage comic. This is Ed Brubaker at his best.
Batman 33 is great. While I didn’t enjoy every single issue of Year Zero, the conclusion is very satisfying. Batman and the Riddler have a battle of wits that highlights how smart they both are. The ending also did a solid job of showing how much Batman cares about Gotham City and the strong relationship he has with Alfred. Batman fans should pick this up.
Red Lanterns 33 is good. It’s mostly a setup issue towards the Red Lantern fight with Atrocitus. The cover’s a bit misleading since it’s a friendly meeting between Guy Gardner of the Reds and John Steward of the Green Lanterns, but their conversation is well-written. The building tension outside of the conversation is kind of exciting. It’s not the best Red Lanterns issue I’ve read, but it’s worth picking up for regulars.