It’s the last comic week of September, and if not for its delays, this would have been the week Wolverine died. For the most part, this week’s comics were kind of underwhelming, but some were still great and none of the ones I read were particularly bad. So let’s get into this.
The comics I picked up this week include Storm 3, Cyclops 5, Magneto 10, Amazing X-Men 11, Mighty Avengers 14, Guardians of the Galaxy 19, Tomb Raider 8 and Red Sonja 12. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Storm 3 is alright. The idea behind the comic is kind of nice, with Storm and Forge working together to solve a drought problem in Kenya. There’s some good character work for both of them, but otherwise it’s a bit of a drama comic with not all that much of a conclusion. It’s at least worth reading if you want to see Storm and Forge interact, but it’s hard to recommend this to anyone else. I want to enjoy this series, but so far there’s little to connect each issue together. This might be my last issue.
Magneto 10 is good. It really delves into what motivates Magneto through his memories, while he’s under telepathic assault. It’s brutal and dramatically intense. Also the last page reveal promises an epic fight in the next issue. I’m not a fan of the art, but otherwise this is a great read. Magneto fans should enjoy this.
Mighty Avengers 14 is good. It’s a bit hard to follow if you haven’t read previous issues, but the Mighty Avengers face a threat that is quite literally bringing humanity to its knees. The Mighty Avengers are able to resist thanks to a chalice and form some sort of psychic bond. Beyond the intense fight, there’s some great character exploration with Luke Cage and to a lesser extent, the rest of his Avengers squad. It’s a solid conclusion to this volume of Mighty Avengers and makes me look forward to the Captain America and the Mighty Avengers series in November. Up till this issue, Mighty Avengers was consistently the best Avengers title on the market and it’s worth reading for any fans of the franchise.
Guardians of the Galaxy 19 is alright. Peter Quill continues telling Gamora of how he, Drax and Thanos escaped the Cancerverse. There’s a good mix of narration and action on panel, and the obvious conflict between Gamora and Quill remains interesting. On the downside, some of the narration is repetitive and it still doesn’t explain all that much in the long run. There are several great moment of conflict between the characters in the flashback but that doesn’t quite make up for the redundancy. The cliffhanger is intense, promising an epic climax. It’s worth reading for anyone interested in finding out what happened to Richard Rider, but read it before you buy it.
Tomb Raider 8 is decent. I roll my eyes a bit from the comic using Chornobyl in a storyline where, so far, it could have taken place anywhere else, although the narration does a good job at weaving in trivia about the nuclear disaster without being invasive. Beyond that, this issue introduces Kaz, the sister to Alex from the Tomb Raider 2013 reboot and her own situation. The tension between them over Alex’s death feels real enough but otherwise this is just a setup issue. It’s at least worth reading if you’re a Tomb Raider fan, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else.