I picked up 6 comics this week, 3 from Marvel and 3 from DC. Normally I prefer Marvel, but their titles are all at least $4 these days, and first issues are often $5. All of Civil War II’s comics are also $5 so far. Compare that to all of DC’s titles being $3 and with today’s comics, I could easily have picked up 7 DC comics for less than I paid for 3 Marvel and 3 DC. DC’s comics have been really good for the most part lately, while Marvel’s been changing a bit too much too quickly. It’s one thing to have a diverse cast of characters, but they’re coming up with too many minority characters too quickly and it’s starting to feel like diversity for diversity’s sake. That’s not good storytelling.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Death of X 1, Champions 1, All-New Wolverine 13, Superman 8, Batman 8 and Nightwing 6 (the last 2 are part of the same crossover). Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Champions 1 is fun. With all the darker stories at Marvel lately, it’s nice to see a more optimistic series start up, not to mention a superhero team book starring mostly teenaged characters. Since I probably won’t get around to reviewing this issue, I’ll also say that Humberto Ramos’s art seems to fit this kind of series better than Extraordinary X-Men. If you don’t like his work this won’t change your mind, but still. If you’re interested in this series, it’s definitely worth picking up.
Batman 8 and Nightwing 6 are good. This is basically a Batman crossover involving a bunch of monsters attacking Gotham City, with Hugo Strange behind everything. If that sounds interesting, check it out. Not sure what else to say about this crossover to be honest.