The Canadian Dollar sucks right now. Comics are a lot more expensive than they were a year ago, while at the same time, I’m getting paid less than I was this time a year ago even though I have the same job. That’s a long, complicated story involving corporate politics that I won’t talk about here. There’s a good chance I’ll need to drop a few titles soon if I want to keep saving up for a house. At this moment, the most likely title I’ll drop first is Extraordinary X-Men, and unless Civil War II improves soon, I’ll probably drop that $5 US an issue event as well since it’s not good enough to warrant such a steep price so far.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include X-Men Civil War II 2, Star Wars Poe Dameron 4, Spider-Woman 9, Batman 2, Superman 2 and Switch 4. Out of all of these, Switch 4 is the only issue I was truly excited for. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Star Wars Poe Dameron 4 is fun. After the first story arc ended last issue, this one takes a bit of time to give each member of Black Squadron some character moments while touching on a minor plot point mentioned in issue 2. The second half of this comic shows Black Squadron arriving on a dangerous prison planet to ask for some information, only for the ending to set up an exciting sounding story for the rest of this arc. This is a setup issue, but a very fun one at that. Fans of the Force Awakens, and Poe Dameron in particular, should be reading this series.
Spider-Woman 9 is amusing in all the right ways. There’s a little bit of Civil War II story, but most of this issue is Jessica Drew and her crew taking on a bunch of wendigos at a ski resort, with a lot of entertaining dialogue and some fun art in between the action. The ending suggests that Spider-Woman will be taking a unique angle on Civil War II’s story as well. Spider-Woman fans, and those interested in checking her out, will likely enjoy this series.
Batman 2 is good. There’s a lot of time put into exploring Gotham and Gotham Girl, most of which is Batman trying to figure out how to help them become more effective crime fighters while also dealing with a touch of his personal life. The ending also promises a major Batman villain getting involved with the story soon. There’s a lot of great build up in this issue, along with some fun Batman moments, but this is mostly a setup issue. Batman fans should at least check this out.