It’s the first Wednesday in September. School’s back in season, making it a very busy time for a University town like mine. It’s also busy in the comic world, with the final issue of Original Sin, the first issue of the Death of Wolverine and DC’s Future’s End month begins today. Of those three, I’m only paying attention to Death of Wolverine. These posts are a bit later than usual because both of my local shops are in the middle of their anniversary sales and of course I had to look around.
On the non-comic front, I’m basically ready to send my novel out, so I’m working on putting together a package for it, including a brief bio, back cover description of the book and looking up potential agents and publishers. It’s kind of exciting. I’m also gearing up for this year’s Nanowrimo in November, and like last year, I’ll likely take a month off from regular comic reviews to focus on that.
Anyway, this week’s comics include Death of Wolverine 1, Spider-Man 2099 3, Legendary Star Lord 3, Rocket Raccoon 3, She Hulk 8, Black Widow 10, All New X-Factor 13, Uncanny X-Men 25, Blood Queen 4 and Vampirella 4. A bunch of these were good, and it’ll be hard to pick which ones to review this week. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
I just noticed that these three reviews are all linked to each other. Death of Wolverine and She Hulk are both written by Charles Soule, She Hulk appears in both She Hulk 8 and Uncanny X-Men 25, and Wolverine appears in both Uncanny X-Men 25 and Death of Wolverine 1.
Spider-Man 2099 3 is great. When his CEO/grandfather heads to a war-torn country to sell Spider-Slayers, he’s captured by rebels. With his mere existence being threatened, Spider-Man 2099 has to get involved. And then a Spider-Man villain shows up. There’s some really good writing in here, including an awkward conversation between Miguel and his grandfather on a plane. Whether you enjoy Spider-Man 2099 or are interested in checking him out, this is an easy recommendation.
Legendary Star Lord 3 is fun. Star Lord has to break out of a Badoon prison, along with a Spartax agent and a badoon child. What follows is a fun adventure where Star Lord actually finds use for Kitty Pryde’s hologram as a tactical weapon. It’s quite funny and is almost worth the price tag alone. In short, pick this up if you’re the least bit interested in a Star Lord comic.
Rocket Raccoon 3 is great, although not quite as good as the first two issues. Scottie Young’s duel duty on writing and art continues to tell a very creative and entertaining story about Rocket. The fight against the league of Rocket’s exes, while fun, is disappointingly short. The comic ends with him coming face to face with whoever has been framing for murder, promising an interesting issue 4. Just like Star Lord’s solo, if you’re the least bit interested in Rocket Raccoon as a solo title, you must pick this up.
Black Widow 10 is fun. The whole issue is Black Widow trying to bring someone out of a city in the Middle East while Hawkeye is trying to kill him. Good stuff.
All New X-Factor 13 is good. The first half is dealing with different team issues, with a number of amusing lines from both Danger and Warlock. The second half is Quicksilver hanging out with his daughter Luna. Their road trip is of course interrupted by angry Inhumans. There’s a lot of drama in this issue, but the action and humour helps balance it out.
The Blood Queen 4 is good. After several issues of mostly build-up, the story is starting to grow more intense. An attempt on the king’s life is made, and Elizabeth and her partners start pushing their own goals forward. If this issue is any indication, Blood Queen is about to get intense.
Vampirella 4 is solid. In an effort to fight the shadow entity within her, Vampirella continues hunting very ancient and powerful vampires across the earth to drink their blood and strengthen herself. This issue has her fighting a very creepy snake-like vampire who is thousands of years old. Also, as the shadow entity slowly takes over her mind, the ritual burn mark grows bigger. This is a solid horror series that could be worth checking out for vampire fans.