It’s the second week of June, and with it, I’m finally back to reading DC comics after skipping Convergence. It’s nice that they’re finally dropping the “New 52 banner”. Unfortunately, my local shop didn’t receive everything it was supposed to when I got there – they were missing a full box and with it, a good chunk of the titles they were supposed to get. So I didn’t get to pick up Gotham Academy 7 even though I planned to. Thankfully, they had every other title I planned to buy. Seriously though, the shipping company seems to love screwing my local shop over.
The comics I picked up this week include Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps 1, 1602 Witch Hunter Angela 1, Marvel Zombies 1, Inferno 2, Spider-Verse 2, Spider-Gwen 5, Starfire 1 and Batman 41. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
1602 Witch Hunter Angela 1 is brilliant. Everything about this comic feels like a medieval story, even the recap page and the advertisement for issue 2. What’s surprising is this ended up being sort-of an X-Men story, from the perspective of those prejudiced against them. From this point the story could go pretty much anywhere. Also, the art is pretty much perfect. So far this is a very unique title, yet those who enjoyed Angela: Asgard’s Assassin should also enjoy this.
Marvel Zombies 1 is fun. It stars Elsa Bloodstone, one of the sole living things remaining in the land of Marvel Zombies. This is such a Simon Spurrier book, with a lot of Britishisms, complex dialogue and a consistently dark tone. Besides, it’s a zombie version of the Marvel Universe. You should be able to figure out if this will interest you or not. Personally I only picked it up because my shop didn’t get Gotham Academy yet, but I enjoyed it enough to make it worth it.
Spider-Verse 2 is good. Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham and a team of other spider people meet up in this issue and start to figure out what’s going on. There’s a good fight scene, an ominous conversation with Norman Osborn and a cliffhanger that promises a big fight scene in the next issue. This is basically a bunch of spider people working together, and if that interests you, at least give this series a read.
Spider-Gwen 5 is alright. Most of the issue focuses on introducing an alternate-universe Black Cat, which is alright, but apart from a different outfit, she feels like a copy of the main universe version. At first I liked this series, but apart from the excellent dramatic issue 4, I’m starting to grow bored of this. Those planning to read only 1 Spider-Gwen comic this week are better suited reading Spider-Verse 2. That said, if you’ve enjoyed Spider-Gwen so far, you’ll probably enjoy this.
Batman 41 is good. It spends most of the issue exploring the decision behind the new Batman taking on the identity. Although his identity is revealed early on I won’t spoil it here, but it feels like the right person is taking on the responsibility of protecting Gotham City. However long this new direction is taking place, it’s an interesting one to be sure. Batman fans should at least read this.