I can’t think of much for an intro this week. It’s been busy with work, and a lot of comics came out today that I picked up. I haven’t really seen any new movies or played any new video games either, and I won’t comment on rumors for the Wolverine 3 movie on this blog just yet, so lets’ get to it.
The comics I picked up include Civil War II: X-Men 1, A Year of Marvels: The Incredible 1, Civil War II 2, Black Widow 4, Star Wars 20, Superman 1, Batman 1, I Hate Fairyland 6 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 59. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Black Widow 4 is great. This issue starts digging into the story behind what’s going on, while introducing a few interesting characters that could affect the story moving forward. Like the first three issues, this is visually driven with some great writing to back it up. Black Widow fans should be reading this series, as should anyone interested in an espionage comic taking place in the Marvel Universe.
Star Wars 20 is good. It’s a continuation of Obi Wan’s stories while he’s hiding on Tatooine during Luke’s childhood, picking up exactly where the last issue left off. This pits Obi-Wan and Owen against Black Krrsantan, a powerful wookie bounty hunter sent by Jabba. It’s an intense issue that also resolves at least some of the conflict between Obi Wan and Owen. Although this isn’t the best issue in the series, Star Wars fans should give this series a chance if they haven’t already, and Obi Wan fans should pick this up.
Batman 1 is good. Most of this issue is one big action scene, where a looming plane crash in the middle of Gotham City is threatening thousands of lives. With the Justice League busy, Batman must save everyone’s life on his own, and what follows is an intense demonstration of Batman’s skills, equipment and how his new allies are helping him. The ending is quite the surprise and introduces two new characters. It’s hard to say whether these new characters are a good thing or not just yet. Either way, Batman fans should at least read this issue.
I Hate Fairyland 6 is hilarious. Continuing some time after Gertrude unintentionally became the queen of Fairyland, forever trapping herself there, the fairy tale world has gone way downhill since she took the throne. The montage of her accidentally caused explosions is great, and so are the exaggerated politics and the nearly perfect ending. The montage of Gertrude cosplay after the story is a nice touch too. If you like Scottie Young’s work at Marvel, you should read this series, period.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 59 is good. After several issues where we’re just following the turtles, this one focuses on what’s going on with Splinter and the Foot Clan. The manipulative politics keep this comic moving, while Splinter has a couple fairly deep conversations with some the others. The ending is pretty intense and promises an emotional issue next month. Although this isn’t the most exciting issue of Ninja Turtles, TMNT fans should be reading this series, period.