I saw X-Men Apocalypse over the weekend and here are my thoughts – it’s ok. For the most part the new cast is good. Sophie Turner is great as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm is a huge improvement over Halle Berry and Oscar Isaac is great as Apocalypse. Unfortunately, Cyclops is still a boring reflection of his hardcore comic counterpart. They did a good job with most of the action, but I felt the finale was a bit over the top. That and while most of the X-Men movies do focus on collateral damage at least a little bit, this one pretty much ignores it. It’s easily better than X3: The Last Stand and Batman v. Superman though. That’s really all I care to say about it for now, except that the post-credit scene (along with some of the rumors lately) really excites me.
Anyway, it’s time to talk about comics. This week I picked up Civil War II 1, A-Force 6, Old Man Logan 7, Spider-Women Omega, Spider-Woman 8, All-New Wolverine 9, All-New All Different Avengers 10, Batman Rebirth 1 and Superman Rebirth 1. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
A-Force 6 is fun. Most of the team wakes up in a cell without their powers, and the resulting adventure is half the team figuring out what’s happening and half trying to stop it. I know that’s a vague description, but part of the fun is seeing how everything plays out. If you have any interest in an all-star female superhero team, you should be reading this series.
Old Man Logan 7 is intense. Continuing where the last issue left off, Logan is defending a small northern Canadian town from Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers. It’s brutal, it’s emotionally intense and the ending teaser for the next story arc is kind of awesome. That said, I have problems with Lady Deathstrike being so angry with Old Man Logan when she seemed to forgive Wolverine after he died, not to mention Logan didn’t say anything to her about being from a different universe. Still, this feels like a classic Wolverine story and if that interests you, check this series out.
Spider-Woman 8 is fun. This issue can kind of take place anywhere in continuity after Jessica gave birth to her son. She fights a shark man on the streets and in the sewer while Porcupine babysits for the night. There are some great jokes spread throughout the issue, and the art is great. That’s all there is to this comic, and after a crossover event that’s just fine. Jessica Drew fans should be reading this series.
All-New All Different Avengers 10 is fun. Most of the Avengers team goes into space, a first for both Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spider-Man. The way they run the spaceship on a limited budget is creative and fun. The situation falls apart shortly after they reach a certain planet, with the ending promising a good fight against a classic Marvel Supervillain.