It’s the last week of February, and at least for me the month flew by. The most significant comic I picked up today is Spider-Gwen 1, which is a special comic in its own right. Gwen Stacey was introduced as an alternate universe spider-woman during the build-up for Spider-Verse, and her one shot was both popular and well-received enough to warrant an ongoing series. The letter at the end of the issue is a nice touch, thanking the fans for supporting this comic so much.
The other comics I picked up this week include Wolverines 8, Amazing Spider-Man 15, Amazing X-Men 17, All New X-Men 38, Gotham Academy 5, Batman 39 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43. It’s hard to pick which ones to review. Most of the comics worth talking about are at least good, which makes it hard to balance this blog. Also, there are a lot of comics worth talking about and I only have so much energy. Anyway here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when posted.
Amazing Spider-Man 15 is great. The aftermath issue delves into several characters in ways the event didn’t have time to explore. Without going into too much detail, Mayday Parker, spider-powered Uncle Ben, Spider-Man UK, Anya Spider-Girl, Superior Spider-Man and 616 Peter Parker all have their aftermaths explored in satisfying ways. Spider-Man UK’s conclusion also ties to the incursions and the upcoming Secret Wars, giving this event a stronger tie to the multiverse as a whole. Also, Superior Spider-Man’s final line is hilarious. This issue is pretty much a must if you read Spider-Verse and probably shippable if you didn’t.
Amazing X-Men 17 is crazy. The fight for the powers of the juggernaut intensifies with several twists, Storm being awesome and a lot of good action and jokes. The cliffhanger is the absolute worst case scenario. So far this story has just been fun, but now I can’t wait to see what happens in the next issue. If you like the Juggernaut, this story arc is a must.
Gotham Academy 5 is great. It continues exactly where the last issue left off, with Olive face to face with Killer Croc. This issue contains several reveals while still building up the main mystery. The characters remain fun, the art is fantastic and the ending brings in a major player in the Batman franchise. This is a refreshing take on the Gotham corner of the DC Universe, taking place in a boarding school with a supernatural mystery. Gotham Academy seems to get better with each entry and if the concept interests you, pick this up.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43 is equally intense. With an all-out war between the foot clan and Krang’s forces, the Ninja Turtles are trying to disable the technodrome. Every story arc the series has been building up seems to be culminating in this epic multidimensional battle, yet there’s still room for character moments and plot twists. At this point, you might as well say you’re not a true Ninja Turtles fan if you haven’t tried this series out.