Well, Nanowrimo 2016 has begun, and I’m trying not to talk about my word counts at all, so I won’t share my total until sometime after November. I’m off to a good start though. Also, yesterday I officially helped lead this month’s first local write-in, as an ML for the first time. That’s kind of awesome. But until I write some sort of official Nanowrimo journal, that’s enough for now. It’s time to talk about comics.
The comics I picked up include The Unworthy Thor 1, Champions 2, Death of X 3, Spider-Woman 13, Batman 10 and Superman 10. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Unworthy Thor 1 is good. This issue mostly introduces the focus for this mini-series, which seems to be about Thor’s search for the hammer that came from the Ultimate Universe. Most of this issue is either Thor trying to escape from captivity, or fighting a bunch of trolls, which would be much easier if he had his hammer. As a setup issue it’s good, but so far it’s nowhere close to Jason Aaron’s main Thor series. Those who miss reading about Odinson should at least check this out.
Spider-Woman 13 is great. Most of this issue is a lot of fun in the same way that the previous issue was, with a touch of dark undertones going on in a minor subplot. The ending on the other hand is quite intense, and depending on how the next few issues turn out, it could be quite tragic as well. For a series that’s usually just fun, this is an unexpected yet well-handled twist. Spider-Woman fans should be reading this, as should anyone interested in a fun superhero book featuring a single mom struggling to balance her life.
Batman 10 is good. Like the previous issue, this one is mostly build-up, but one with a bit of payoff to balance itself out. There’s a great thematic contrast between Batman and Bane while this issue moves along. So far it’s kind of difficult to say too much about this story with such a vague setup, but that’s part of what makes it exciting.