It’s the last week of November, at least for comics. While a couple number 1’s released from Marvel Comics today, none of them really interested me. I did pick up several number 2’s though. But while All-New Wolverine 2 was at the top of my to-read list, the real big release is Witchblade 185, the series finale.
Before I get into comics though, let’s briefly talk about Nanorwimo. In the last week, I’ve written a full novella that takes place in the Blood Rage series I’ve been writing for 3 years now. The novella takes place before the first book, but at the same time there are plot elements that would spoil things all the way up to book 9. Still, it’s good to write this story before I fix up the first two books again just so I know what happened.
Once I finished that novella, I started another one that takes place between book 4 and 5, starring an underused character in the series. No series long spoilers in this book, but explaining what it’s about would take more than one paragraph. The lead character is one of the main characters in book 4, but I haven’t found room for her in any of the books since (and I finished book 9 earlier). As such, I’ve decided to write a novella trilogy about this character and this month I’m writing novella number 1. And finally, I passed last year’s total word count yesterday. Last year I totalled at 191,386. I’m currently sitting at 194,132 words for the month of November and I’m most likely going to pass 200,000 in the next few days.
And now, back to comics. I picked up All-New Wolverine 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Angela: Queen of Hel 2, Switch 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 52 and Witchblade 185. Witchblade is the only comic I picked up this week without a “2” somewhere in the numbering. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Witchblade 185 and Switch 2 review
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 review
Angela: Queen of Hel 2 is great. This is a mythology rich series that really explores the Hel of the Marvel Universe, while also exploring Angela’s character quite a bit. Sera is also given a lot of character development in today’s issue, and Angela takes her first major step toward becoming the queen of Hel. Throw in some fantastic art and you have yourself a great comic about Thor’s long-lost sister. Just check this series out – it will likely surprise you in a good way.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 52 is good. The series is still in a transitional phase since Shredder’s defeat in TMNT 50, but this issue moves faster than the last. There’s some great action involving assassins wielding dangerous new tech, a potential power struggle within the foot clan and drama between the turtles since Michelangelo left the family. I’m still not sure how I feel about this new direction, but the writing is good so far.
Angela is great. I loved Hans’ section, of course. So gorgeous. Jacinto gets to have fun, too, especially with Sera. Her little halo and wings. Then her guitar. Sera’s great. The book is great and I’m loving it.
Wolverine was really good. Not sure I like the ending, but we’ll see how that goes.
GotG was OK. Not great. Very Bendis-ian.
Also, Hopeless Savages: Break is amazing. Such an amazing comic. I can’t recommend it highly enough.