It’s less than a week to NaNoWriMo 2016, and I’m excited to the point where it’s hard to sit still sometimes. I’ve written one of three potential warm-up short stories, partly to help me get into the head of the new major characters in this book. Enough about writing though – it’s time to talk about comics.
The comics I picked up today include Civil War II 6, Captain America: Steve Rogers 6, Star Wars: Poe Dameron 7, The Ultimates 12, All-New All Different Avengers 15, Star Wars 24, Batgirl 4 and Detective Comics 943. I unfortunately needed to drop a few titles due to the fact that this time of year is very expensive for me. There are 3 birthdays in the span of 3 months in my family, plus I had some unexpected expenses like the need to replace my office chair (plus my 13-year-old computer speakers are on their way out). I hope to catch up on some of these titles in trade at some point. Anyway, here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron 7 is fun. This story takes place sometime before the first issue in this series, and introduces a fun new character who’s both ex-military and an investigative journalist. And of course it features Poe flying through a storm while in the middle of a chase. What’s not to like? Anyone who likes Poe Dameron from the Force Awakens should check this series out.
All-New All Different Avengers 15 is good. This issue is entirely from Thor’s perspective as she’s asking Heimdall for advice on the ongoing Civil War. He shares a story about the original Thor and how acting on a predicted future didn’t go well for him at all. This could just as easily be a Thor tie-in to Civil War II, but because it’s a story about the original Avengers, it makes perfect sense here as well. I’m not sure whether this story happened in the classic comics or not, but it’s definitely worth a read if that interests you.
Star Wars 24 is intense. The rebels who stole a Star Destroyer are under attack by an elite commando squad of Storm Troopers, and they’re making it much harder for the Rebel’s skeleton crew to even handle the Star Destroyer, much less accomplish their mission. It’s a tonal shift from the hilarious previous issue, but it works very well and feels very much like a Star Wars story. This series seems to keep getting better and better, and Star Wars fans should at least check Jason Aaron’s run out.
Detective Comics 943 is great. After a couple of intense story arcs in a row, this issue takes its time to deal with different characters’ emotions. It’s a dramatically rough issue, especially for Stephanie Brown, but it’s not without a sense of hope. The ending also introduces the next story arc, which could be fun. If you’re interested in a Batman team book, you should be reading this.