Boy this week is weird. We’ve got an alien monster cat, a mutant whose quantum based abilities make people forget him the second he’s removed from their sight, glowing killer ravens fighting undead tentacle monsters and the Justice League going mad thanks to, well … let’s not spoil that one. With few exceptions, all the comics I read this week were entertaining and in some cases, brilliant. As of this writing, I have no idea which ones I’m going to review. This kind of stuff is what makes comics awesome.
The titles I picked up this week include Rocket Raccoon 4, Amazing Spider-Man 7, Nightcrawler 7, Captain Marvel 8, X-Force 10, Death Vigil 4, Justice League United 5, Batman 35 and Batgirl 35. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Rocket Raccoon 4 is hilarious. Rocket fights both the mysterious raccoon that’s been following him around so far in Scottie Young’s series, and the league of X-girlfriends in the same issue. The whole comic is a madhouse of plot twists, great jokes and fun art. Just pick it up.
Amazing Spider-Man 7 is good. The Ms. Marvel team-up is fun, and there are bits of development in Spider-Man’s own story. Meanwhile, several back up stories help set up the upcoming Spider-Verse event. This is at least worth reading if you’ve enjoyed Ms. Marvel’s series so far, and same goes for anyone looking forward to Spider-Verse.
Nightcrawler 7 is decent. It’s basically a memorial issue for Wolverine’s delayed death. There’s a lot of recapping of the X-Men over the years, including a few mentions of stories I’ve only recently read for the first time (mutant massacre). It’s a good exploration of the kind of impact Wolverine’s had on both Nightcrawler and the X-Men at large. If that interests you, this is worth picking up.
X-Force 10 is hilarious. X-Force is dealing with an unseen enemy who is watching every single mutant on Earth, and to deal with it they are chasing a Mutant whose ability is to be forgotten (thus he is somehow immune to the drones watching mutants). What follows is a crazy adventure involving Dr. Nemesis’s “specialized” coffee, Marrow acting insane as usual and Fantomex being hardcore. Even if you haven’t read the rest of X-Force or don’t know much about its characters, this is easy to follow and very entertaining. X-Men fans in general should pick this one up.
Justice League United 5 is alright. Some of the mythology behind the Whitago is interesting, but the issue’s climax feels, well … anti-climactic. Some of the Justice League members enter a space bar full of bounty hunters, but it cuts off before any kind of fight scene begins. This series started with a lot of potential, but it’s been dragging lately. I wouldn’t really recommend this unless you’ve been enjoying Justice League United so far, and this might be my last issue.
Batman 35 is good. The beginning is a bit jarring with several members of the Justice League attacking Batman, but it gets interesting once it’s revealed why they’re attacking him. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the reveal (which I won’t spoil), but it could make for a great storyline. One thing is for sure though, Scott Snyder can write a great Batman comic, and if you’re a Batman fan who hasn’t tried this series yet, you should.
Captain Marvel was great. A lot of fun.
Rocket Raccoon was great. Comedy, pathos and action, all done well. The Mexican Standoff was the highlight for me.
Spider-Man’s really good. Ms. Marvel is so awesome. I love her.
X-Force was really funny. I love Forget-Me-Not. I don’t like Huat’s art, though.
Death Vigil was great. Seijic’s got a weird sense of humour, and gorgeous art.