It’s the last new comic day of the September, which means that NanoWrimo is coming up. It’s now official – I’m going to be an ML this year, and I’m very much looking forward to it. Also I went to a job fair earlier today, which is why these posts are later than usual. I’ve got a couple hopeful leads out of it. In any case, it’s time to talk about this week’s comics.
Today, I picked up Captain America: Steve Rogers 5, Captain Marvel 9, The Ultimates 11, Spider-Woman 11, Ms. Marvel 11, Spider-Gwen 12, Star Wars 23, Batgirl 3, Wonder Woman 7 and Detective Comics 941. A lot of these comics are from a series that’s usually a lot of fun, but ended up being much more serious than usual. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a downer week from what I’ve read. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Captain America: Steve Rogers is good. It digs a bit more into how Steve’s altered memories are affecting his allegiances, while it also shows what he’s up do during a number of Civil War II’s events so far. It ends right where Civil War II 5 ended, but right now it’s hard to predict where this series will go from here. This series as a whole has been largely unpredictable so far, and that’s part of what makes it fun. Of course if you don’t like the idea of Captain America working for Hydra, this probably won’t be for you.
Captain Marvel 9 is great. There are a lot of comics this week where former friends and allies are fighting, arguing or splitting because of Civil War II’s events, and this is one of them. Carol and Aurora of Alpha Flight go at it for a bit. Magneto also shows up at one point. Plot wise, this issue goes in a number of directions, but there’s a strong focus on the core characters and how they feel about Ulysses. If that interests you, check this series out.
The Ultimates 11 is intense. Most of this issue is basically the Ultimates team vs. Thanos. What else do you need to know?
Ms. Marvel 11 is yet another sad issue in a normally joyful series. The flashback in this issue shows a bit more of the friendship between Kamala and Bruno, while Ms. Marvel fights against her team that Captain Marvel assigned to her in the modern story arc. Without spoilers, things get messy in more than one way and the ending promises a new direction for this series, however long that direction will take. It’s all well-written as usual. Ms. Marvel regulars should at least read this.
Spider-Gwen 12 is good. Most of this issue is a big fight between Gwen Stacey and Frank Castle, which shows that this universe’s version of the Punisher might be even more unstable than the main one. It’s not entirely clear which direction the series will take after this issue’s ending, but like the previous two comics, the ending is a bit tragic. Even so, Spider-Gwen regulars will likely enjoy this.
Wonder Woman 7 is decent. Wonder Woman stops some strange deity from returning to earth, and saves a few old friends in the process. I have nothing much else to say about this issue, being someone who still knows very little about Wonder Woman.
Detective Comics 941 (Night of the Monster Men part 3) is intense. Like in the last issue, a group of giant monsters is attacking Gotham City, and the situation keeps getting worse and worse. I’m not sure if I can come up with a full review of this event – it’s kind of like Godzilla, but with a bunch of Batman characters and Hugo Strange running things in the background. If that interests you, definitely check out this crossover.
Captain Steverica was OK. Some interesting stuff.
Captain Marvel was great. More of Carol doing the best she can. And Aurora was handled great here. I loved her use in this issue. The Gages brought up her mental health history in a really good, positive way.
Ultimates was phenomenal. Ewing writes such a fantastic Thanos, and the action is exciting, and the way the Ultimates beat him was really clever and interesting.
Spider-Woman was great. I loved Spider-Woman’s anger. Also, the callback to Hulk making her a sandwich.
Ms. Marvel is really good. The confrontation between Kamala and Carol was really sad, and then the Bruno stuff was brutal. Poor Kamala.
Spider-Gwen is cool. It’s still good for what it is.