It’s my first Wednesday back from vacation, and what welcomes me home is a week where all the comics I’m reading are from Marvel. Personally I was hoping for at least a few other comics, but whatever. A lot of this week’s issues either begin their Last Days story arc or conclude another, which makes perfect sense with Secret Wars underway.
The comics I picked up include Secret Wars 2, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin 6, Thor 8, Legendary Star-Lord 12, Captain Marvel 15, Ms. Marvel 15, Wolverines 18 and Magneto 18. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Thor 8 is also great. Not only does this conclude the epic fight between the Destroyer, Thor and an army of warriors led by Freyja and Odinson, but it finally reveals who Thor is. Even though it’s been spoiled in articles I won’t spoil it here, but Thor’s identity isn’t a huge surprise. Jason Aaron is rocking this series and any Thor fans should be reading this.
Legendary Star-Lord 12 is good. This issue mostly focuses on Peter Quill’s sister, who was revealed a while ago and hasn’t shown up much since. That said, it’s a good dramatic issue that tells us a lot about her, while also giving the Collector some good moments and teasing potential stories for the future. It’s not a necessary issue for the series, but it’s at least worth a look.
Captain Marvel 15 is great. Carol returns to Earth to find that her friend, Tracy, has passed away. This is a very well-written dramatic issue, bringing in some of the more meaningful moments between Carol and her mentor figure and combining them in a consistent narrative. The ending just feels right. If you’re a Marvel fan who hasn’t given this series a chance yet, you really should.
Ms. Marvel 15 is fun. Most of this issue focuses on Kamala’s struggle against a gang of Inhuman thugs, which include a boy she was crushing on in the last couple issues. There’s still a bit of drama here involving Kamala’s feelings, but most of the focus is on her both fighting and thinking her way out of the situation. The best thing about this issue is Kamala using what she’s learned since meeting the Inhumans in a variety of ways. Such a fantastic series, and worth checking out for anyone who reads comics.
Magneto 18 is good. Even with the world ending, it somehow feels a little more lighthearted than the rest of the series. Maybe it’s because Magneto and Polaris are working together to try and save the world. The flashbacks touching on Magneto and Namor’s relations add more dimension to the story. Everything about the writing is great, but the art holds the overall quality back a bit. The glowing affects from their magnetic powers always look good though. Magneto fans shouldn’t miss this, and it’s also a good tie-in to Secret Wars 1.