Normally the last Wednesday of the month is my small comic week. This month is the exact opposite. While I only picked up 3 comics on the first Wednesday of April, I picked up 10 today, and read them all in one sitting. As such, there’s a good chance that I don’t remember everything in all of them, especially the ones with more complex writing.
The comics I picked up include A Year of Marvels: The Amazing 1, Old Man Logan 5, The Ultimates 6, Spider-Woman 6, Ms. Marvel 6, All-New Wolverine 7, Angela: Queen of Hel 7, Star Wars 18, Velvet 14, Batman 51 and Batgirl 51. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
A Year of Marvels: The Amazing 1 is fun. It’s a collection of 2 Marvel Infinite comics that are being published monthly for the next year. The first is Spider-Man vs. Vulture on Valentine’s Day, and it’s basically a fight with a bunch of quips from both long-time rivals, and kind of a nice ending. The second story is Ant-Man and his ex-villain partners working a job. It’s a fun heist story with a neat twist at the end, but I wouldn’t say it’s anything special. If both stories sound interesting and you haven’t read them online, it’s worth a read.
Old Man Logan 5 is great. After the last issue where he realized that he’s not in his own past, Logan travels north to see some things that were important to him in his future. It’s a nice story that digs into some more details about his life as Old Man Logan, and some of the people who were important to him. The ending teaser promises a good fight coming up too. Definitely check this out if you like Old Man Logan, and he’s worth checking out for Wolverine fans as well.
The Ultimates 6 is good. This issue focuses almost entirely on Galactus and his new place in the Universe. Can’t say more than that without spoiling this issue, but there’s some great analysis on how the Marvel Universe works on the cosmic level. Fans of Marvel Cosmic should be reading this series.
Ms. Marvel 6 is fun. A bunch of Kamala Khan androids, along with one giant one, are wreaking havoc on Jersey City. After the situation is solved, Kamala starts learning how to balance her life better. It’s also great that we see a bit of her family life in this issue. Ms. Marvel fans will most likely enjoy this issue.
Angela: Queen of Hel 7 is fun. The final issue of this series goes over a lot of material in a short amount of time, making it hard to follow when you read it in the middle of 9 other comics in one sitting. That said, it’s consistently fun and the art is fantastic. If you’ve enjoyed the Angela comics you might as well pick this one up as well. I’m sad to see this one go – it was consistently the most creative series in the Marvel line, in all the right ways.
Star Wars 18 is fun. The main story continues the attack in the Rebel Prison, as well as Leia being forced to team up with Dr. Aphra, Darth Vader’s AI specialist. It’s an intense story that challenges Leia morally along with her combat and leadership skills. The scenes with Han and Luke are also very amusing, which helps keep the comic tonally consistent with the original trilogy. Star Wars fans should be reading this series, along with Darth Vader’s solo title.
Velvet 14 is intense. This espionage series is really ramping up, especially when Velvet briefly kidnaps the President himself for some much needed information. From what I’ve seen, writer Ed Brubaker is a master at espionage comics. If that genre interests you, pick this series up.
Batgirl 51 is good. It mostly explores how Barbara doesn’t have as much time to be Batgirl as she used to be, and how she’s hesitant to let her younger allies take care of things for her, even though they seem to be ready. That pretty much sums this issue up. If that interests you, check it out.