Now that it’s December, more Marvel titles are being launched this month. Also, it’s been announced that Secret Wars is delayed until next year. Is anyone surprised by this point? In the long run though, it’s probably better to delay the series than to rush it into print. Not only will it allow Hickman to tell the story he wants to tell, but it’ll read better in trade if it’s the same artist all the way through. It’s annoying for those of us who are still enjoying it, but at least they didn’t delay all the new titles further.
The comics I picked up this week include All-New X-Men 1, All-New All Different Avengers 2, Howard the Duck 2, Extraordinary X-Men 3, IXth Generation 7 and Gotham Academy 12. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
All-New All Different Avengers 2 is fun. This continues where the last issue left off, and shows us exactly where Ms. Marvel’s “You’re a Jerk” line comes in. There’s a lot of action, some story explanations, and the full team comes together by the end. It’s good to know that neither ANAD Avengers nor All-New X-Men are wasting too much time with this. Anyway, fans of the Avengers or any of the characters in this book should be picking this up.
Howard the Duck 2 is not what I expected. Most of the issue is about a female version of himself, Linda, fleeing both her home time and her home universe. It’s more dramatic than anything else, which feels like a bit of a tonal shift from the first issue. It’s good, but it feels off at the same time. The backup story with Gwenpool is fun but nothing special. I’m not sure whether to recommend this or not – this is only my second Howard the Duck comic ever after all. Howard the Duck fans should at least read it though.
IXth Generation 7 is great. Apparently it’s the second last issue, and I didn’t know that going in. Either way, it’s an all-out war between the surviving members of the IXth Generation family. Unless you’ve been reading this full series so far you will be lost with this issue, but for those who have been keeping up, this is just awesome.