So having finished both of my books for the month and having several days of mental rest, it’s partially back to normal on this blog. I’m probably still only doing 2 reviews this week but I’m certainly not as mentally tired as last week. Also, starting tomorrow I’ll probably be writing a short story a day until the end of the month, just to see if I can reach a total of 180,000 words written this month.
The comics I picked up include Scarlet Spiders 1, Spider-Man 2099 6, Cyclops 7, New Warriors 12, Amazing X-Men 13 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 40. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 40 review
Spider-Man 2099 6 is great. The bulk of it is an action scene between Spider-Man 2099, Steampunk Lady Spider and six-armed spider-man are working together in 2099 to learn more about the Inheritor’s biology. The action is good with smart tactics used on either side, and the story behind the action is intense. Both of this week’s Spider-Verse tie-ins are good, but this is the better of the two.
Cyclops 7 is alright. With Scott’s dad in a cell and the Starjammers in mortal danger, Cyclops has to figure out how to save everyone on the pirate ship without blowing his cover. The pirate crew seems interesting enough and it’s fun watching Cyclops’s tactical mind at work, but when the previous storyline also had Cyclops and his father away from the Starjammers, it would have been nice to have a full storyline with the Starjammers sticking around instead of floating in a life pod in space. If you like Cyclops, I still recommend you read it before you buy it.
New Warriors 12 is fun. I sort of dropped this title a few issues back, but when they announced its cancellation (and I already had the first 8 issues) I decided to read the rest. The conclusion feels rushed in a few minor ways and there isn’t a whole lot of characterization, but it’s still satisfying and brings us some good action. Hopefully they’re given another chance soon. If you enjoyed most of the series so far, it’s worth finishing it since the last 4 issues are actually more fun than the rest of the series.
Amazing X-Men 13 is good. The comic is mostly about exploring the internal struggles a mutant has when their mutation gives them a very different physical appearance. Nightcrawler helps Anole come to terms with it so that he can come up with the courage to go on a date with a human. Meanwhile, Lady Mastermind makes a mess of things for several characters, using newly refined illusion powers that dip into her victim’s deepest fears. There’s some good stuff in this comic and if the subject manner interests you, this is worth picking up.
Scarlet Spiders was cool. Ultimate Jessica’s pretty awesome.
Spider-Man 2099 was good. PAD’s always good. Lady Spider was cool.
Cyclops was good. He’s a clever one, Cyclops is.
New Warriors was good. An enjoyable close to the series. Justice being badass was neat. He doesn’t get to be epic very often.
Amazing X-Men was really good. I’m always happy to see the New X-Men show up. Anole and Rockslide are the best bros, so any time they interact is great. And it’s nice to see Anole get a cute boyfriend.