So for the first time since I got into comics, I didn’t pick up an Uncanny X-Men issue. UXM2 was not only mediocre on the writing front, but Greg Land’s art was terrible and they needlessly killed off a fan favourite character. Instead, I picked up a whole bunch of number 2’s, and a couple very good creator-owned comics. Overall, it’s a good week for the comics I picked up.
The comics I picked up include A-Force 2, Captain Marvel 2, Rocket Raccoon and Groot 2, Howard the Duck 4, Pretty Deadly 8, Velvet 13 and Batgirl 48. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot 2 is weird but fun. I’m not sure how to describe this series, other than Rocket and Groot have been separated, and Groot is trying to find Rocket. Rocket on the other hand might not remember who he is (if that is indeed Rocket who captured him in the previous issue). Apart from the fact that this series is fun so far, I’m not sure what to make of it. Just … read it if you like Scottie Young’s writing.
Howard the Duck 4 is even weirder, and fun. The previous issue explained that Howard is somehow fused with the nexus of all realities, and a whole bunch of powerful people in the Universe want to take him for their own purposes. That’s pretty much all you need to know. If that sounds interesting, check this out.
Velvet 13 is awesome. The ongoing espionage battle between Velvet and Damien Lake gets much more intense in this issue. There’s also some great action and brilliant internal narrations that feel like they’re coming straight from an actual spy. This is Ed Brubaker at his best, at least from what I’ve seen. Pick this series up if you’re into espionage comics, or if you’re interested in trying them out.
Batgirl 48 is good. Barbara has been having memory problems lately, which is very unusual for her. This issue not only delves into how these lapses in memory are starting to affect her daily life, but it digs into the actual mystery. The reveal at the end of the issue don’t have as much impact as it should, but the cliffhanger is more than harsh enough to make up for that. Batgirl fans will likely enjoy this.