I haven’t been feeling all that good in the last few days, so while I hope to write at least a few reviews today, I won’t make any promises. Thankfully, this is an easy week for comic pickups with just Cyclops 4, Avengers Undercover 9, Guardians of the Galaxy 18, All New X-Men 31 and Tomb Raider 7. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added if and when they’re posted.
Edit: And it appears I forgot to pick up Red Lanterns 34. Oops.
Cyclops 4 is good. Teenage Cyclops and his father have plenty of time with each other on the remote planet, splitting time between bonding, figuring out how to leave and arguing about how the plant and animal life tastes. There are some great character moments, especially when it highlights the similarities and differences between old and young Cyclops. This series is turning out fairly well so far, and Cyclops fans should at least check it out.
Avengers Undercover 9 is alright. The promised battle between the Avengers and the Masters of Evil kind of doesn’t happen. Instead, the whole thing was a trap. There isn’t all that much character focus either; instead it’s mostly a fight between the Avengers Arena survivors and Zemo’s crew, along with setup for next issue’s conclusion. If you’ve been enjoying Undercover so far then by all means pick this up, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else.
Tomb Raider 7 is decent. It’s a solid opening issue for a new story arc, diving again into Lara’s survivor’s guilt. My main complaint is that it ends with Lara sneaking into Chernobyl, and while some may find that interesting, it feels like cliché to me. There’s some good action and a sinister cliffhanger to keep it interesting, and fans of the 2013 reboot might enjoy this.