Well, the reviews are coming in for Batman vs. Superman, and so far they’re not all that positive. As of right now it has a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 48 on Metacritic. Considering I hated Man of Steel though, I can’t say I’m all that disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, Zack Snyder is a visually talented director, but I’m definitely not a fan of his storytelling. If I have the time and energy later, I’ll probably write a blog post about the reasons I hated Man of Steel later today, but for now, let’s talk about today’s comics.
The comics I picked up this week include The Ultimates 5, All-New Hawkeye 5, Angela: Queen of Hel 6, Star Wars 17, Batman 50 and Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles 56. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added as they’re posted. Just a heads up though, all of the comics I read this week are at least good, and most of them great.
The Ultimates 5 is great. Most of this comic details how The Ultimates escape a realm beyond space and time that is tearing their ship apart, and there’s some fascinating dialogue and exposition between the team, Galactus and Eternity. There’s also a great character moment as Ms. America remembers her past while she’s fighting for her life, showing us a touch of her venerability that she doesn’t like to show others. This is consistently among the best and most unique Marvel titles out right now, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s reading Marvel in general.
All-New Hawkeye 5 is great. The main story continues the Hawkeyes’ dealings with the strange, weaponized children while the backup story explores Kate Bishop’s past. Although the two stories don’t mesh together in this one as well as in the past, they offer a good tonal difference from each other that keeps this comic emotionally balanced. Fans of either Hawkeye should be reading this.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 56 is good. In some ways this is mostly a setup issue as the Ninja Turtles return to the dome where they defeated Krang. While this comic is still good, as a setup issue, it’s not as good as normal for this series. While it touches on Splinter’s leadership of the Foot Clan, it doesn’t really touch any of the other sub-plots that much. It’s especially noteworthy that April and Casey aren’t even mentioned in this issue, even though they broke up in the last one. I’m sure we’ll see their aftermath at some point, but even a panel or two would have been nice. Even so, this is an easy recommendation for Ninja Turtles fans, whether you read comics or not.