It’s new comic day, and a bit of a weird one for me. It isn’t very often when my non Marvel titles outnumber my Marvel titles 2 to 1, but that’s Secret Wars for you. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if the main event doesn’t end until next year with all the delays it’s had. At least they’re starting the new titles next month though. Also, half of the comics I picked up conclude a series, including two creators releasing their final issue in long runs I’ve enjoyed from the beginning. Any guesses as to what I’ll be reviewing this week?
On the writing front, I wrote a novella last week. I originally planned to save it for Nanowrimo in case I finished my two novels fast enough, but I had fewer work hours than usual so I figured, why not? I have another novella that I could write in November instead and it would probably work better anyway, since this month’s novella happens as part of the lead-up to my first Nanowrimo novel this year (book 9 in the Blood Rage series), while this other novella ties directly into a major plot reveal that happens in Blood Rage 9. Yeah, I’m about to write Blood Rage 9 and I haven’t found a literary agent for the first one yet. I’m that kind of writer.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps 4, Years of Future Past 5, IXth Generation 5, Red Sonja 18, Batgirl 44 and Witchblade 184. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps 4 review
Years of Future Past 5 is good. This concludes Secret Wars’s Days of Future Past retelling with a big action scene, some tragic moments and an ending that’s somewhere between ominous and hopeful. I didn’t like this as much as previous issues, but it’s still a good issue. This mini-series is worth checking out for any fans of the original Days of Future Past retelling.
IXth Generation 5 is intense. It’s been months since the last issue thanks to delays, but the recap page will help everyone catch up just fine. The main story with the different IX generation cyborgs continues to be deep, with the wars between siblings only making their situation worse when someone in the shadows wants them all dead. This is a fantastic science-fiction series taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, and I would recommend this to any fan of science-fiction comics.
Batgirl 44 is fun. Most of this comic is about Batgirl taking on the Velvet Tiger, a villainess with a tiger motif going on and a way to sabotage Batgirl’s gadgets. There’s not much else to say about this issue, besides it being entertaining the same way Batgirl’s been since Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher took over writing duties. If you’re interested in a Batman related title that’s more light-hearted and fun than the others, check this series out.
Witchblade 184 is good. This is the second last issue in the main series, and it concludes the story about Sara Pezzini potentially working for an ancient being who’s searching for magical artifacts. It’s weird and fun like the series usually is, but it also kind of feels like it’s setting up the final issue. Regulars should read this of course.
Carol Corps was great. I’ll miss KSD.
Years was great. Bennett did a fantastic job on this series. This final issue is probably the darkest of the series, with the greatest sense of hopelessness. The ending was especially effective.