Before I get into comics this week, I just thought I’d like to talk about a game I played through this past week, Life is Strange. Although it’s not perfect, I think it’s pretty good. The storytelling is strong, the themes of loss, anti-bullying and friendship are very well handled, and the final choice is a genuinely challenging choice between two bittersweet endings. Some of the dialogue is a bit repetitive and cheesy, most notably in Chapter 4, but I can easily overlook that when everything else works so well. If you’re into story based adventure games, it’s definitely worth a look.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Captain Marvel 3, Spider-Woman 5, All-New X-Men 6, Extraordinary X-Men 8, Red Sonja 3 and Monstress 4. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Captain Marvel 3 is fun. There are a lot of reveals in this issue with the mysterious ship that arrived at Carol’s Alpha Flight space station. It’s kind of like a good mix of a superhero and a science fiction story, with a touch of horror without being truly scary. The characterization is good, the art is great and the dialogue is amusing when it tries to be. Fans of either Captain Marvel or Alpha Flight should check this series out, as should anyone who could find this sort of story interesting.
Spider-Woman 5 is great. It deals with Spider-Woman trying to figure out how to be a mother, and all of her racing emotions while dealing with her newborn. It’s a good mix of fun, drama and storytelling, and of course by the end of the issue, you’ll sort-of know where the baby came from. Spider-Woman fans should enjoy this, and it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in a story about a new parent as well.
Red Sonja 3 is fun. Continuing exactly where the last issue left off, this one sees Red Sonja on the run from an overzealous king who’s trying way too hard to build the perfect kingdom. There’s some decent action, amusing dialogue and great art. The ending feels a bit weird, but it could lead to some intense action in the next issue. This series is at least worth checking out for Red Sonja fans.
Monstress 4 is pretty good. This is sort-of a downtime issue, but there’s still plenty of room for some dark material involving the monster living inside Maika. The relationship between Maika and the monster is explored a bit, which helps clarify some of the mystery behind what’s going on in this series. There’s a great mix of dark fantasy and Chinese mythology, and if that interests you at all, definitely give this series a chance.
Captain Marvel was great. Carol’s written really well, as is Brand. The art is excellent. And Dr. Kitty! Holy crap that was amazing!
Spider-Woman was great. A lot of fun, but also pretty sweet.
ANXM was really good, I thought, especially Idie’s stuff. Great Hank stuff, too, and Angel was actually cool.
EXM wasn’t great. It had some stuff I liked, but was also kinda boring.