It’s Wednesday, and comic fans know what that means. It’s the middle of the week of course.
The comics I picked up today include Cyclops 3, X-Men 17, Guardians of the Galaxy 17, Uncanny X-Men 24, Red Sonja 0, Red Lanterns Annual and Witchblade 177. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted. At this point I’m not sure what I’m going to review, because I could probably come up with enough material to review all of these. That would be mentally exhausting though.
Guardians of the Galaxy 17 review
Cyclops 3 is good. There seems to be a bit of a time gap between this and Cyclops 2, but it’s not jarring. If anything, it skips over what could have been some interesting development and tension building. Considering Greg Rucka is leaving the title soon, that’s understandable. After Christopher and Scott’s ship crashes, they have plenty of time to talk on a remote planet with no other intelligent life. How Christopher Summers came back to life is explained, along with the injections he’s been giving himself so far. There’s some great character development between father and son, and it’s worth reading for anyone interested in that.
X-Men 17 is fun. It concludes both the Bloodlines storyline and Brian Wood’s run on the all-female X-Men team. While in some ways it feels a little anticlimactic, it’s still fun to see everything play out. It’s made clear how the events would have happened much worse without Kymera’s involvement, and Jubilee finally unleashes her vampire powers, even if briefly. If you’ve been reading X-Men up to this point, of course you should pick this up.
Red Sonja 0 is fun. It’s about a man who keeps spreading false stories about marrying Red Sonja, and the implications his tales have on both of them. Beyond that, this comic has the same typical fighting and fun dialogue Gail Simone’s run has been filled with.
Witchblade 177 is good. Sara Pezzini and her partner visit New York to get information regarding Angelus and the Darkness. They visit demons that have taken Jackie Estacado’s place after his death, and then visit his mansion. There are a couple good fight scenes and a great cliffhanger ending. Witchblade fans should enjoy this, as should anyone interested in a series that’s delightfully weird.
Cyclops is good. I just somehow can’t really get into it.
X-Men was great. I’ll miss Wood on this book. He did some solid characterization.
GotG was meh.
UXM was really good. Lots of tension and drama.