Happy Canada day to all my fellow Canadians, and happy Independence day in advance to any American readers. Thankfully, my local comic shop opened today so I picked up all my intended comics. Also in the last few days, tons of upcoming Marvel titles were announced. I haven’t had the time to post about it, partly thanks to a busy week at work, so I’ll probably save those posts for when the new titles are closer to coming out. To sum up my thoughts though, some announced titles excite me, and others make me either worried or disappointed. Hopefully I’ll get all my reviews up this afternoon, because I have a BBQ to go to later.
The comics I picked up include A-Force 2, Years of Future Past 2, Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX 2, Secret Wars 4, We Stand on Guard 1, Athena IX 1 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 47. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Years of Future Past 2 is great. Much of this issue expands on the nature of this alternate future and how it differs from Days of Future Past. Characters are expanded on, a mutant hideout is revealed, and a new class of sentinels are introduced. The writing is also very smart. Fans of the original Days of Future Past storyline, or X-Men fans who aren’t skipping Secret Wars, should pick this up.
Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX 2 is so much fun. Everything about this issue is delightful, whether it’s kid versions of well-known marvel characters doing cute versions of their regular acts or the big fight scene that starts at the end of the issue. In other words, this is Scottie Young’s typical awesomeness.
Athena IX 1 is good. It takes a break from the main IXth Generation storyline to focus on one of the other members of the Aphrodite protocol family. It greatly expands on Athena’s dictator style ruling and how brutal she is to anyone in her territory who dares rebel against her. It’s not quite as good as the main series, but it’s worth checking out for anyone reading IXth Generation.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 47 is great. This is a fairly action heavy issue, with a bunch of civilians helping defend their neighborhood from Hun (Casey’s abusive father). It feels like a conclusion to the conflict between them, while also highlighting some of their similarities. The main story with the foot clan also gets a fair amount of spotlight, ending with the promise for a big robot fight in the next issue. It’s really ramping up for whatever conclusion is coming in issue 50. This series is a must read for any fans of the franchise, whether you usually read comics or not.