As of this week, we’re numerically half way through Civil War II (if you don’t include the Free Comic Book Day issue or issue 0), and we’ve finally got to the beginning of the first major fight between Captain Marvel’s allies and Iron Man’s side. That’s not the only important issue I picked up however. Batgirl’s first Rebirth solo issue released, as well as the final issue of the X-Men Apocalypse Wars tie-ins.
The comics I picked up include Captain America: Steve Rogers 3, Civil War II 4, Captain Marvel 7, Old Man Logan 9, The Mighty Thor 9, Ms. Marvel 9, Extraordinary X-Men 12, Batgirl 1, Wonder Woman 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 60. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Captain America: Steve Rogers 3 is interesting. The first issue ended with the major “Hail Hydra” twist, and the second issue explained how Red Skull manipulated Steve Rogers into working for Hydra. This issue continues off from the first issue in some very interesting ways, while also going deeper into the new relationship between Captain America and his biggest rival. If the first three issues are any indication, this should be a good Captain America story.
Captain Marvel 7 is great. Like the previous issue, this is a great supplement to the main Civil War II story, showing how Captain Marvel’s point of view could be valid, while still telling its own story of how she’s dealing with intergalactic security councils and tracking down a bio terrorist on the run from the Kree Empire. You don’t need to read Civil War II to understand what’s happening in this story so far, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Old Man Logan 9 is good. This issue kicks off a new Japan story for Old Man Logan, while also offering us glimpses at his relationship with Maureen in his home world, as they try to find a safe place to live during the villain uprising. Wolverine stories in Japan always have a lot of potential, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this one goes. Wolverine fans who are ok with Old Man Logan in the main universe should be reading this series.
The Mighty Thor 9 is great. This issue gets fairly political as there are a bunch of shady corporations conspiring against each other, kidnapping their opposing CEO’s and unwittingly risking the entire world in the process. There’s also some great Thor action and a touch of Asgard politics thrown in for good measure. This series’ story is getting very complex so this isn’t the best jumping on point, but Jane Foster’s story as Thor continues to be a fascinating one.
Ms. Marvel 9 is good. This seems to take place sometime before Civil War II 3, where Ms. Marvel is still mostly on Captain Marvel’s side, yet she’s clearly starting to question the whole Ulysses situation. Most of her supporting cast also get character moments, providing a great balance between story and drama. The only downside is that this issue isn’t as fun as Ms. Marvel usually is, but it’s also not trying to be. Ms. Marvel regulars will enjoy this.
Wonder Woman 3 is good. I actually didn’t pick up the first two issues when they came out, but I picked them up during a road trip to Toronto last Saturday when I found them cheaper than most stores are asking right now, because of the weak Canadian Dollar. Anyway, this issue’s good and it continues to set up Wonder Woman’s quest to find her home island again. I’m not quite ready to review this series yet though, so I’ll just leave it at that.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 60 is great. The issue is mostly a big fight between the turtles and splinter, and a witch within the Foot Clan with mind control powers. That’s all I really need to say about this one – it’s fairly straight forward. TMNT fans should be reading this series, whether you usually read comics or not.