Before I get into this week’s comics, I should say that I’m not following any of DC’s Convergence for several reasons. 1: I haven’t read much of DC outside of the New 52, so I won’t appreciate the stories the same way others will. 2: I’ll be out of the country with some friends for a good chunk of it, and it could be a pain to catch up after I get back when I’ll already have Marvel comics to catch up on. 3: sometimes it’s nice to have an easy month or two without loads of comics to read, so that I can both give my wallet a rest and re-read older stuff. Depending on how Convergence is received, I may pick up a few trade paperback collections afterward, but I’d sooner pick up Batman Eternal in trade. Anyway, let’s talk about this week’s releases.
The comics I picked up include All New Hawkeye 2, Ant Man 4, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 5, Spider-Woman 6, Captain Marvel 14 and Vampirella 11. So much for Wolverines being weekly, right? Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when posted.
Ant Man 4 is fun. After Scott Lang’s daughter was kidnapped at the end of the last issue, he recruits a small band of ex-supervillains to help rescue her. There’s a lot of humour to lighten the mood. The ending cliffhanger is a bit of a surprise, and their reasons for kidnapping Cassie probably aren’t what you’d expect. If the upcoming Ant Man movie interests you this is a good place to learn more about Scott Lang, and fans of the character should enjoy this either way.
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 5 is great. The Angel mythology continues to be fascinating, and the struggle between Odinson and Angela intensifies. The guest-starring Guardians of the Galaxy also make this comic great. This is a surprisingly brilliant series so far, mixing several kinds of mythology together while starring compelling characters and an intense story. In a lot of ways this feels like a continuation of Kieron Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery run. If you’re a Thor fan who is interested in characters related to him, check this out if you haven’t yet.
Spider-Woman 6 is fun. This is a bit of a bizarre story with a bunch of low-rate supervillains working for something that must be bigger than anyone thinks. The dialogue is fun, the villain costumes are hilarious and the mystery is actually quite intriguing. This is the second issue in an arc starring a street-level superhero trying to start over with a simpler life, and if that interests you, pick this up.