It’s another comic week, with some good releases, and some that are just ok. It’s also less than 2 weeks until Nanowrimo 2016 begins, and I’m so ready for it. I’m actually going to be an ML this year, so there’s a chance that I’ll need to cut back on my comic reviews for November. Last year I didn’t need to so hopefully things will run as normal here, but I can’t make any promises.
The comics I picked up this week include Death of X 2, Black Widow 7, A-Force 10, The Mighty Thor 12, Spider-Woman 12, Spider-Gwen 13, All-New X-Men 14, Batman 9, Superman 9 and I Hate Fairyland 10. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Black Widow 7 is great. This is a backstory heavy issue, but one with the same kind of espionage intrigue that’s made this series enjoyable so far. Espionage fans who read Marvel should check this series out if they haven’t already.
The Mighty Thor 12 is good. This issue mostly focuses on Mjolnir’s origin, with some great art to help tell the story. Not much else to say about this one. If that interests you, check it out.
Spider-Woman 12 is so much fun. Jessica Drew and Roger (Porcupine) take their kids to the beach for a day, and it ends up being a fun fight scene between Porcupine and Sandman while Jessica takes care of the kids. Watching Porcupine be a hero is great, and the growing friendship between Jessica and Roger is part of what makes this series work so well. Fans of Spider-Woman should be picking this series up, as should anyone curious to check her out.
Spider-Gwen 13 is basically a Halloween issue, and an enjoyable one at that. The Spider-Gwen Universe’s Mysterio gives Gwen and her friends haunted house-like illusions in hopes that they’ll leave him alone. I hope that helps you decide whether you’re interested in this or not, because I’m not sure what else to say.
All-New X-Men 14 is good. This issue focuses purely on Cyclops as he’s recovering from his injuries. The cover is a little misleading and suggests that he’s more bored than he really is, but otherwise this is a fun issue that shows Cyclops’s tactical thinking skills while dealing with a temporary weakness. In other words, it’s a great Cyclops issue and this series continues to be both the most fun and the only optimistic team book in the X-Men franchise right now.
Superman 9 is fun. Superman and his son, Jon, are trying to find their way off a strange island filled with dinosaurs. Along the way, they meet a World War 2 soldier who’s been trapped there for a long time. Their father-son relationship is part of the reason this series works so well thus far, and Superman fans should check this series out.
I Hate Fairyland 10 is great as always. Like the rest of the second volume, this is kind of a one-off issue that glimpses into a possible apocalyptic future where Fairyland is being ravaged by a giant dragon. The ending is just perfect. This is a creator-owned series by Scottie Young where a girl’s been trapped in Fairyland for years, and her adventures are always both very amusing and very imaginative. Just check this series out – trust me.
Death of X is well-made, but I’m still not totally sold on parts of it.
Black Widow is great. Samnee and Waid continue to kill.
A-Force is great. Great mix of humour, tension and sweetness.
Thor had gorgeous art. I don’t think Jason Aaron would disagree that Irving made this issue. Because, holy shit, that is some beautiful art.
Spider-Woman is really good. Porcupine gets to kick some ass!
Spider-Gwen felt really frigging weird. Like, even aside from being a Halloween issue, it just felt weird.
ANXM was great. Hopeless does write a great Scott. I love when comics have fun with the character, because no one thinks of him as fun, but he really can be.