Well, DC Rebirth is starting next month, and I’m still not sure which titles I’ll be reading and which ones I’ll ignore. I’ll probably pick up at least one of the Superman titles at first, definitely one of the Batman comics, but beyond that I’m not so sure. I flipped through the DC Rebirth special and thought it looked alright, but I’m not a fan of putting Watchmen characters into the main DC Universe or involving Dr. Manhattan in its, uh … rebirth. It’s also mostly a Flash story and I really don’t know that much about the Flash. I’ve heard from others that it’s really good as a whole but I’d rather just wait until the main titles begin. Anyway, it’s time to talk about this week’s comics.
The comics I picked up include Steve Rogers: Captain America 1, Captain Marvel 5, Mighty Thor 7, Ms. Marvel 7, Extraordinary X-Men 10, Star Wars 19, Monstress 6 and Batgirl 52. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
The Mighty Thor 7 is decent. The story of a Viking empowered by Loki after Thor abandoned him is fun, with some good early dynamics between Thor and Loki while also setting up a new story in the main timeline. I find the art hard to follow though, and that’s what holds this issue back for me. It’s at least worth a look though, especially with Loki’s antics on full display.
Ms. Marvel 7 is weird but fun. The main story is a science competition between a bunch of high schools, pitting Kamala’s friends against Miles Morale’s friends. The whole thing is as ridiculous as you’d expect for the Marvel Universe. Also, it’s great to see Adrian Alphona back on art. Ms. Marvel fans should enjoy this, but this isn’t the best starting point for the series.
Star Wars 19 is great. This concludes the assault on the Rebel Prison. The leader behind the attack is revealed, and the conclusion is satisfying while planting the seeds for further stories. This comic really does feel like the original trilogy in the best ways, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, this is the comic you’re looking for.
Monstress 6 is good. This issue really explores the relationship between Maika and the monster living inside her, while exploring some of this fantasy world’s politics. There are enough answers to the mystery behind the story to clear up a lot of what’s going on, while there’s still plenty of mystery left to explore. If a Chinese inspired fantasy series interests you, Monstress is definitely worth checking out.
Batgirl 52 is alright. The last page works as a nice goodbye to this run, with touches of flashbacks on some of Batgirl’s memorable conversations with the supporting cast. It’s also nice to include Gotham Academy’s cast for a bit. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been underwhelmed by this series lately, and this issue isn’t any different. Still, those who have enjoyed Brenden Fletcher’s Batgirl run should enjoy this.