This is a bit of an odd week for my comic pickups. Usually I have at least the same number of Marvel titles that I do for any other company. This week however, I have more DC than Marvel, and the same number of comics from other companies as Marvel. Considering the DC comics are cheaper though, my wallet isn’t complaining. Also I picked up both Gears of War 4 for the Xbox One and Rise of the Tomb Raider for the PS4 yesterday. I’ve played enough of both to have first impressions. Gears of War 4 is alright so far. The gameplay is just as tight as the franchise usually is, with a few fun improvements here and there. The new enemies aren’t as interesting as the Locusts though, and while the new supporting characters are fun, JD Fenix is kind of boring. Tomb Raider so very good so far, to the point where there’s a chance it’ll end up being better than Uncharted 4 (my favourite game in that series). Anyway, it’s time to talk about comics.
The comics I picked up this week include Old Man Logan 12, Darth Vader 25, Supergirl 2, Wonder Woman 8, Detective Comics 942, Monstress 7 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 63. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Wonder Woman 8 is good. The entire issue is about Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, who eventually becomes Cheetah. If that interests you, this is worth a look. I don’t feel the need to say anything else about this one.
Detective Comics 942 is fun, but a bit disappointing at the same time. On the one hand, Hugo Strange’s conversation with Batman is kind of awesome. On the other hand, both the way Batman defeats him and the way his allies defeat the last of the monsters are a bit anti-climactic. Overall, this Night of the Monster Men crossover has been fun, but I don’t think I’ll feel the need to re-read it any time soon. If the idea of Batman and his allies fighting a bunch of giant monsters created by Hugo Strange sounds interesting, check this crossover out, but read parts of it before you buy it.
Monstress 7 is good. The mythos behind what’s going on in this story gets a bit deeper in this issue, and there’s a touch of Maika’s past that’s explored a bit. The further this Chinese mythology inspired fantasy comic goes, the harder it is to explain what’s going on to those who aren’t reading it, so I’m not sure what else to say in this short paragraph here. It’s a creator-owned Chinese mythology fantasy comic written by Marjorie Liu with art from Sana Takeda. From that description, I’m sure you can figure out if that interests you or not.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 63 is good. In this issue, the Ninja Turtles and the Foot Clan prepare to attack the Street Phantoms. There’s also some great conversations between the Turtles as they’re trying to figure out if Splinter is going too far, as well as a few reveals for a certain supporting character that I won‘t name here. The next issue should be pretty awesome. Ninja Turtles fans, whether they read comics or not, should give this series a chance.