This is unusual for me these days, to have two fairly big weeks in a row with comics. After not picking up Star Wars comics for a while, I decided to start picking them up again, and what better time to do that than the start of a new story arc featuring Obi Wan between episode 3 and 4? Of course at the same time I’m most likely dropping a few titles after this week’s releases.
The comics I picked up this week include Captain Marvel 1, Uncanny X-Men 2, Ms. Marvel 3, Astonishing Ant-Man 4, Star Wars 15, Devi/Witchblade 1, I Hate Fairyland 4, Batgirl 47 and Batman 48. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Ms. Marvel 3 is fun. Ms. Marvel takes on Hydra, and with help from Bruno’s new girlfriend, she tries to figure out a way to disable their mind controlling nanobots. This comic is weird, fun and ultimately satisfying. Ms. Marvel fans should enjoy this, and if you haven’t given Ms. Marvel a chance yet, you should.
Astonishing Ant-Man is good, but maybe not in my taste. Without spoilers, let’s just say that Scottie Lang’s relationship with his daughter, Cassie, is further altered at the end of this issue. In a way it makes sense – eventually every child’s view of their parents changes, but I’m not a fan of this new direction. Again this comic is good, and Scottie Lang fans should give this a chance, but I think I’m dropping this series.
I Hate Fairyland 4 is awesome. Gertrude’s strange adventure in Fairyland continues with her trying to figure out how to beat the new girl also trapped in Fairyland. It’s basically Scottie Young writing a creator-owned story, and if you like his other work, you’ll love this. That’s all you need to know about this series.
Batgirl 47 is good. Barbara Gordon teams up with Spoiler and Bluebird to infiltrate the GCPD. The investigation is fun and takes up the first half of the issue, while the rest focuses on the ongoing sub-plots. There’s nothing particularly special about this issue, but the interactions between Batgirl, Spoiler and Bluebird are fun, and the mystery villain is creepy in all the right ways. Batgirl regulars should enjoy this one.
Batman 48 is, as usual, excellent. Bruce Wayne’s journey of discovery is just as fascinating as ever, especially when he sits on a bench with who used to be the Joker. The main story with Mr. Bloom gets far more intense when he reveals at least part of his plan. Batman fans should be reading this story – it really is that simple.