Comics of January 7, 2015

Well, it’s the first week of 205; the year Back To The Future promised we would have hoverboards and flying cars. It’s the year Arnold Schwarzenegger was cloned without his knowledge or consent (in the mediocre movie The Sixth Day). On a more serious note, it’s the year Marvel begins their very first weekly ongoing series, Wolverines, and the year Disney is pretty much guarenteed to rule the box office with both Avengers 2 and Star Wars Episode 7 – both could potentially break the $1 billion mark (Avengers 1 did). Seriously, that company is a monster these days. Oh, and about that hoverboard…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs_QOx_X5TE

Also being the first Wednesday of the month, it’s a big week for comic releases. From Marvel I picked up Wolverines 1, Ant Man 1, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 2, Weapon X Program 5, Legendary Star Lord 7, Spider-Man 2099 7, Amazing Spider-Man 12, All New X-Factor 19 and X-Men 23. The other comics I picked up include IXth Generation 1, Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle 1 and Vampirella 8. I also picked up Avengers: No More Bullying in support of the initiative, but I won’t be reviewing it because I’ve already read 12 comics in one sitting, not to mention that Ant Man 1 is both extra-long and very wordy. So here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.

Wolverines 1 and Weapon X Program 5 review

Generation IX 1 review

Ant Man 1 review

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 2 is great. If the first issue introduced Angela as a character and threw her into a crazy situation, this one really delves into her past, the mythology behind the Marvel Universe’s angels and the events that led up to the first issue. I’d say this is shaping up to be a surprisingly brilliant series, but then again Kieron Gillen is rarely anything but. This is a fun yet compelling comic about Thor’s long-lost sister, and anyone who could see themselves enjoying that concept should make sure to check this out.

Legendary Star Lord 7 is great. All you need to know is that Kitty Pryde heads into space to rescue Star Lord from his dethroned and very angry father. In addition, there’s a bit more build-up toward the Black Vortex crossover. If you enjoy either Kitty Pryde or Star Lord, you should pick this up.

Spider-Man 2099 7 is fun. It’s funny how even though Peter David has said in the past that he’s not usually a fan of crossovers, he often writes the best tie-ins for them. Miguel continues his investigation into the Inheritors, along with the steampunk Lady Spider, and Punisher 2099 makes a special appearance. There’s some good story development towards the Spider-Verse event along with some good moments for Miguel himself. While this is a good comic though, it’s not worth reading unless you’re also reading Spider-Verse.

Amazing Spider-Man 12 is intense. A lot happens in this comic, both with the large fights between the Spider armies and the Inheritors and with the tie-in subplots all starting to come together. It’s a little annoying when it keeps referring to different tie-ins, but otherwise it’s a fun read with some great humour, good action and a huge twist ending that I’m sure a lot of people were waiting to see since this event was announced. How much you enjoy this issue depends on how much you’re enjoying Spider-Verse so far.

All New X-Factor 19 is decent. Like always, the dialogue is fun and the team dynamic is always fascinating, but the story feels a bit rushed. Even for a rushed story though, everything still makes sense and there’s still good character development for Danger, but it feels like more could have been done with the soul sucking demon that X-Factor fights. Considering this title is ending soon I’ll give it some slack and it’s worth picking up for any fans of this series, but it is a little disappointing.

X-Men 23 is great. The writing retains much of the wit and balance between characters and story that G. Willow Wilson displays in her Ms. Marvel series, yet it feels different in a way that suits the X-Men fine. As an added bonus, X-Men 23 deals with Storm’s reaction to Wolverine’s death better than Storm’s solo series did without interrupting the story. In other words, X-Men fans should pick this up.

Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle 1 is good. The concept behind this mini-series is interesting, with Red Sonja being an older woman who has retired from slaying demons to train women to become heroes. The story is off to a good start with a strong setup and some good action, but there are some odd art choices that hold it back. There are obvious shadows on characters’ naked breasts to cover up their nipples, even when the scene’s lighting makes those shadows out of place. It would have worked better if they used another angle instead, or a silhouette. Other than that, this is a great comic and Red Sonja fans should check it out.

Vampirella 8 is good. My only complaint with this one is that the first issue set up a fast spreading plague in Brazil that turned people into crazed, violent maniacs. This issue sweeps that under the rug with a quick panel showing military involvement. Apart from that, Vampirella 8 has strong story development, good action and creepy build-up for the next issue. It also delves into Vampirella’s origin a bit, along with a werewolf ally’s backstory. So far, this remains a good horror series starring a heroic vampire, making Nancy A. Collins’s Vampirella worth reading if the sound of that compels you.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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One Response to Comics of January 7, 2015

  1. xmenxpert says:

    Weapon X Program and Wolverines both felt very meh to me. They were kinda bland.

    Ant-Man was great. Really good comic. I love the relationship between Scott and Cassie.

    Angela was really good. More humour in it. And some stunning art from both Jimenez and Hans.

    Star-Lord was fun. I’m always happy to see Kitty show up, and she was pretty good here.

    Spider-Man 2099 was pretty good. Punisher 2099 messing with Daemos was really funny, I thought.

    Amazing Spider-Man was good. Spider-Mobile! It’s Peter Parked-Car! Slott said that was rejected! I’ve never been happier to see a writer lie, because that was the single greatest moment of Spider-Verse.

    ANXF was OK, but not great. A bit of a let-down. It relied on CDG’s art to make it work, and CDG simply failed.

    X-Men was good. Very superhero. Good writing, and a cool story. Weak art, though.

    No Squirrel Girl? For shame!

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