This is a bit of a weird week for comic releases. All New X-Men 37 released 2 weeks after ANXM 38 and the week before ANXM 39. Both Captain Marvel 13 and Ms. Marvel 13 released, which is good, but kind of weird considering they usually try to spread those two titles out. On the writing front, I’m doing the third major edit for the second book in my series, and in 9 days of editing, I’ve gone through 290 pages (less than 100 left). That will give me plenty of time to do a couple extra sweeps, including a dialogue focused sweep, sentence structure sweep and taking a closer look at the book’s opening.
The comics I picked up this week include Spider-Gwen 2, Thor 6, Wolverines 10, Captain Marvel 13, Ms. Marvel 13, Amazing Spider-Man 16, All New X-Men 37, Justice League United 10 and Vampirella 10. I planned to pick up Ant Man 3 but my local shop was shorted, so I’ll have to pick it up later. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Thor 6 is great. This issue is almost entirely focused on Odinson’s search to discover female Thor’s identity. A number of smaller scenes build on existing arcs, expanding towards what is sure to be a big story. The scenes with Roxxon’s CEO’s past are particularly interesting. If you’re even remotely curious about Thor, either the original or female Thor, you should give Jason Aaron’s run a chance if you haven’t already.
Wolverines 10 is good. This issue mostly focuses on Sabretooth’s “adventure” with Fang, and like last week’s issue for Daken, the adventure highlights some of Sabretooth’s most glaring personality flaws. The fight against the murderous space race is intense, making for a more enjoyable comic than last weeks. Still, how much you enjoy this depends on how much you like Sabretooth since the remaining scenes only amount to teasers.
Captain Marvel 13 is great. It concludes the short story arc that pits Carol against space slavers, a pocket dimension with a planet-sized water bear and … it all makes sense if you read it. The dialogue is entertaining like always, the action is fun and it’s the last pre-Black Vortex issue before Captain Marvel returns to Earth. Anyone who reads Marvel comics should give this series a chance.
Amazing Spider-Man 16 is fun, but I hesitate to call it good. Most of this issue is Spider-Man in the middle of a phone call with his employees while fighting superpowered reptiles. There’s a bit of story development involving Black Cat’s building revenge plot, but Spider-Man’s scenes are really just there to remind us of where his life is. The action makes it fun, but it still does little to progress anything. Spider-Man regulars may enjoy this, but this issue won’t win over any new fans.
Justice League United 10 is alright. The Black Hole situation started in the last issue is solved in an interesting way, with some good action and character moments, but the rest of the comic feels a bit slow. It makes for an uneven read, with a great first half and a second half that’s just OK. The biggest problem is that there are too many characters and hardly any of the character development is focused on the actual Justice League team members. If you enjoyed the previous issues this is still worth picking up, but it’s a bit bloated for its own good.
Spider-Gwen was OK. It has some problems.
Thor was good. It’s basically guaranteed at this point that Roz is Thor, unless Aaron is trying a massive red herring, which would be the most annoying and insulting way for him to go about it. The scene with Jane was nice.
Wolverines was OK. Better than the previous issue, but still pretty meh.
Captain Marvel was great. Hilarious. So many stupid jokes. I loved it. Also, “warp bear juice.”
Ms. Marvel was awesome. Adorable and funny and just awesome.
Amazing Spider-Man was OK. There was some interesting stuff. Funnily enough, I just recently read a story from 1991 where Spider-Man (along with Iron Man and Black Panther) had a run-in with the Ghost. The Black Cat back-up was kinda nice, and it at least starts trying to justify this sudden villain turn, while also showing she still has doubts about it.
ANXM was excellent. Emma and Jean are really fun together.