I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t wait for Secret Wars to be over with. Sure, the main event is good so far and some of the tie-ins have been entertaining, but I miss the main Marvel Universe. I’m feeling that even more now because as of today, the last of the pre-Secret Wars titles I’ve been reading are now over, save for one last issue of Ms. Marvel.
The comics I picked up this week include Civil War 3, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps 3, Old Man Logan 4, Marvel Zombies 4, MODOK Assassin 4, Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars 4, Spider-Woman 10, Magneto 21 and Batgirl 43. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Civil War 3 is decent. There’s a lot of action in this issue and it develops the plot a bit, but the actual Civil War seems to take a backseat to the mystery. I’m not sure if I can quite place it, but I didn’t like this one as much as the previous two issues.
Marvel Zombies 3 is great. Not only does this issue have a lot of action and twisted zombie antics, but it also delves a lot into Elsa Bloodstone’s past and how it affects her personality. She comes to several realizations in this issue – realizations that could very well affect her attitude going forward. Of the two Marvel Zombies related Secret Wars titles, this is by far the better one.
MODOK Assassin 4 is fun. The crazy tale of Killville continues with MODOK and Angela struggling to survive against assassins and mindless ones. Meanwhile, the mystery behind what’s going on starts to unravel. This comic is so stupid but in all the best ways.
Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars 4 is … ok. Some of the dramatic moments in this comic work, but most of the jokes fall flat. This concludes Deadpool’s insertion into the original Secret Wars event in a way that explains how he could be involved with it without anyone remembering. If that interests you, check this out, but the first half is better than the second.
Magneto 21 is decent. With this, another pre-Secret Wars series concludes. Magneto is trying his best to save Earth from its destruction, by combining his power with Polaris’s and amplifying them. It’s epic in a way, but it feels kind of pointless when we’ve known how this would end months ago. Magneto’s internal monologue saves this comic as he talks about his regrets. If you’ve enjoyed Cullen Bunn’s Magneto series I’d still recommend this, but it’s hard to recommend to anyone else.
Batgirl 43 is fun. This is a bit of a weird story involving tigers being sent loose into various tech companies in Burnside. Batgirl and her allies work to unravel the mystery. Some of the drama on the side doesn’t work as well as usual for this series, but it’s not bad either. Batgirl regulars should enjoy this.