Even though Wolverine’s death hasn’t yet been released due to delays, this week saw the first issue dealing with part of the aftermath in Black Widow 11. Today also saw the release of both Thor 1 and Gotham Academy 1. On the non-comic front, it’s now exactly a month before Nanowrimo begins. I’m starting to get really excited for it. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll have some sort of post related to it soon enough. Also, I plan on reading the Novelization of Marvel’s Civil War event soon and I will post my thoughts.
The comics I picked up today include the three already mentioned, along with Death of Wolverine 3, Legendary Star Lord 4, Spider-Man 2099 4, Vampirella 5, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 38 and Witchblade 178. I intended to also pick up Blood Queen 5, but my comic store didn’t receive enough of several books, Blood Queen being one of them. If I can find that elsewhere, I’ll add it to my first impressions when I get the chance. My local shop has been shorted a lot lately, something I can sympathise as a retail worker. Anyway, here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Legendary Star Lord 4 is fun. Most of the issue is Starlord vs. Thanos, what more could you ask for? There are also a few moments regarding the “relationship” between Starlord and Kitty Pryde, examining the difficulties of such a long-distance relationship while also having a few amusing moments. Guardians of the Galaxy fans should enjoy this.
Spider-Man 2099 is fun. Spider-Man 2099 finds himself fighting an upgraded Scorpion and a bunch of spider-slayers, while trying to protect his grandfather from local rebels. It’s a good fight scene with a rather clever solution on Spider-Man’s part and an interesting conclusion to the story. Peter David writes this series very well so far, and anyone interested in checking out a Spider-Man from the future should give this series a chance.
Gotham Academy 1 is fun. I’m not so sure that I could come up with a full review for this, nor am I sure I’ll stick with this series for long, but it’s a very unique book in DC’s lineup. It’s about kids in a Gotham City school of some sort; a school that some students believe is haunted. Beyond that, there’s a bunch of high-school drama and a bit of a fun adventure that’s best not spoiled. This has a lot of potential as a series and anyone who could find themselves enjoying something of this sort should give it a chance.
Vampirella 5 is decent. For the penultimate issue in the “Our Lady in Shadows” story arc, there’s a lot of exposition and not a whole lot of action. Otherwise, it’s a good horror comic with some good story building and an intense cliffhanger. While I’ve been enjoying this series so far, I probably won’t stick with it after the next issue. If you’re interested in a vampire horror series and aren’t turned off by Vampirella’s ridiculously skimpy outfit, this is worth reading.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 38 is fun. This issue is mostly story development, but it’s entertaining story development. Hob reveals his plans to the Ninja Turtles, further complicating their dilemma of which villain to take down first. The series is building up to something huge. To any Ninja Turtles fans who haven’t given this series a chance yet, whether you’re into comics or not, you’re making a huge mistake.
Witchblade 178 is good. It’s a straight-forward issue pitting Sara Pezzini against the Darkness, which is trying to resurrect itself through her partner. There’s some good action, great art and an interesting cliffhanger. While it’s not as good as Ron Marz’s first run so far, it’s still a delightfully weird series involving ancient artifacts of power and compelling characters. I’m not sure I would recommend this issue to newcomers though.