This is going to be a weird month in comics for me. This week, only 6 came out that I picked up; in fact 3 of them I would have otherwise put on my “maybe” list if my pickings weren’t so small. Next week, there are at least 14 I have to pick up. Having such a short list this week is a bit of a relief though, considering how November was an expensive month for me in so many ways.
The comics I picked up include Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 1, Weapon X Program 3, Legendary Star Lord 6, All New X-Factor 17, Gotham Academy 3 and Vampirella 7. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted.
The Weapon X Program 3 is good. Having only just read the first two issues, I decided to pick this up since I had little else on my pull list. In other words, this was the second of my three “maybes”. They mystery behind everything is starting to get more interesting, as is the exploration behind the experiments’ powers and the mystery of where Sharp got his memories and skills from. If you’re not too interested in the experiments this issue won’t change your mind, but the storytelling is good. Check it out if you’re interested in the aftermath of Wolverine’s death, or if you’re looking forward to Wolverines.
All New X-Factor17 is great. The team continues to defend the nuclear football from all sorts of inverted forces trying to use it for their own malicious purposes. Even with all the chaos going on, Peter David finds room for character development. Also the last page teaser is intense. Another thing this comic has going for it is that it’s easy to understand even if you’re not reading Axis. Even if this series took a little while to really take off, it’s been very good lately and I’ll miss it when it ends.
Gotham Academy 3 is good. The mystery behind Gotham Academy is only intensifying with what not only seems to be proof of ghosts haunting the old building on campus, but the drama increases when Olive Silverlock’s mysterious summer is explored. With but a small glimpse of batman that isn’t obviously centric to the plot, this is a very refreshing book taking place in the Batman universe with a good balance of teenage antics and a spooky atmosphere. The appealing art wouldn’t be out of place in an animated TV show either. I’m still not sure if I’ll stick with this series, and I may have to drop a few others in order to do so, but this is certainly deserving of an audience.