In the last week I finally watched both Jurassic World and Mad Max: Road Fury. Mad Max is kind of awesome, and intense in all the right ways. Jurassic World, well … the plot only works because almost every single character is an idiot. It’s one of those kinds of movies, and it’s hard for me to like those kinds of movies. It makes me worried about Star Wars Episode 9 since it’ll be written and directed by the same people. In any case, it’s time to talk about comics.
The comics I picked up this week include Rocket Raccoon and Groot 3, The Mighty Thor 5, Ms. Marvel 5, Howard the Duck 5, All-New Wolverine 6, Radioactive Spider-Gwen 6, Starfire 10 and Gotham Academy 16. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Rocket Racoon and Groot 3 is fun. After a kind of confusing first two issues, this one makes sense of everything and gives us a fun action scene with Rocket, Groot and a possum/cactus doppelganger duo. Fans of Scottie Young’s humour will enjoy this.
The Mighty Thor 5 is intense. As advertised, it’s mostly about the battle between Thor and Odin, but there’s a lot of story development as well. By the end of the issue there are several big twists so it’s hard to talk about this one too much without spoiling it. Thor fans should give this series a chance, as should anyone interested in Jane Foster picking up the hammer when the original is somehow unworthy.
Ms. Marvel 5 is kind of bizarre, but in a fun way. Feeling the pressures of being way too busy, Kamala has her friend build android doppelgangers, but somehow they’re multiplying and taking over New Jersey. I’m not sure how Kamala can keep her identity a secret after this story arc, but it’s a lot of fun so far. Ms. Marvel regulars should enjoy this, and those curious to check her out really should.
Howard the Duck 5 is delightfully weird. Howard is mixed up with several cosmic powerhouses, the Guardians of the Galaxy and his normal supporting cast when he’s somehow embedded with the Nexus of Realities. This issue concludes the story in a fun way, with an ending teaser that’s probably more dramatic for long-time Howard fans than newcomers. Good stuff.
Gotham Academy 16 is alright. I haven’t been enjoying this Yearbook story arc that much, but I liked this issue more than the last two, if only because it had a touch of the slightly creepy atmosphere this series is normally great for, instead of just being a collection of stories meant to be fun. If you’ve enjoyed the Yearbook story so far you’ll enjoy this, but I wouldn’t recommend this issue to new readers.