Comics of March 23, 2016

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.

Batman 50 review

Angela: Queen of Hel 6 review

Star Wars 17 review

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.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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One Response to Comics of March 23, 2016

  1. xmenxpert says:

    Ultimates was great. I loved the scene between America and her girlfriend. It was great stuff, that explained a lot about the kind of person America is. I REALLY want a Ms. America solo. Also, the stuff with Galactus and Eternity is interesting. I like th big ideas Ewing is playing with.

    Hawkeye was really good. Matador! What a ridiculous villain to link back to! The Kate stuff is really good. And the plan for saving the kids was nice.

    Angela was so much fun. It’s a ridiculous comic, and enjoys itself.

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