I like months with five Wednesdays. It means that comics are more spread out for the month, making it easier on our wallets. Because I’m ignoring DC’s Convergence (at least until they release in trade), it makes this month even easier.
Before I get into this week’s comics, a few quick updates. First, I’ll be away for the last week of April and the first two weeks of May, so there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to post anything. I’ll try to at least write first impressions posts but there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to pick up any comics in the first place. That’s because I’m going to England with a few friends. On the plus side, I might be able to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron before it releases in North America, and if I do, I’ll be sure to post about that. On the writing front, I’m in the middle of a short story miniseries leading up to the next novel I’ll be writing, and it’s the kind of series where everybody dies. Well … all the good guys anyway.
The comics I picked up include Thor 7, Legendary Star Lord 11 (Black Vortex 12 of 13), Wolverines 14, Ms. Marvel 14, Magneto 17 and Uncanny X-Men 33. So it’s a Marvel only week for me – hopefully next week will make up for that. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Ms. Marvel 14 is great. In the last issue, Kamala met a fellow Muslim immigrant who happens to be an Inhuman. It continues with their mutual attraction, which takes a surprising turn by the end. There’s a lot to like about this comic, and it touches on every aspect of Kamala’s personal life in deeper ways than the series has before. Anyone who reads Marvel comics should give this series a chance if they haven’t already.
Magneto 17 is dark. Cullen Bunn’s run has been pretty dark and bleak before, but the way this comic ends might be the darkest. It’s good mind you, but if you’re getting tired of this comic’s mood, this issue won’t help. Without spoilers, someone is killing mutants on the recently resurrected Genosha, and the killer’s identity is revealed. Magneto fans should check this out if they haven’t yet, but keep in mind that this series is relentless.
Uncanny X-Men 33 is great, and is probably my favourite comic of the week. Kitty Pryde and Magik team up on Monster Island to search for a new mutant. What more do you need? Their banter is consistently fun, their friendship is explored and the new mutant has interesting abilities that I won’t spoil. Brian Michael Bendis has done a lot of good things with both characters in his run though, so was there any doubt that this issue would be good? If you like either character, this is pretty much a must read.