We’re almost half-way through December, which means that Christmas is coming up fast. That means we’re getting more and more Christmas themed comics, not that we’re not getting normal stories on the side. Also, Rogue One comes out this weekend. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to see it this weekend, but it looks so good.
Anyway, the comics I picked up include Inhumans vs. X-Men 1, Hawkeye 1, Star Wars Poe Dameron 9, All-New X-Men 16, Supergirl 4, Wonder Woman 12, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 65 and Detective Comics 946. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron 9 is great. Although Poe starts his secret mission in this issue, there’s a much heavier focus on Agent Terrex and a number of other ex-imperial members who are trying to bring back the glory days. It’s a very compelling issue on a very seedy planet. If you want to learn about the Galaxy in the Force Awakens era, or you like Poe as a character, you should be picking this series up.
All-New X-Men 16 is fun. The All-New X-Men take on the Goblin Queen, who arrived on Earth thanks to Young Beast’s excessive experiments with magic. There’s some good dialogue between the team members, amusing moments as Beast’s desperately trying to fix the situation using a field he’s very unfamiliar with, and of course intense action. If that sounds like fun, check this issue out. Although this series isn’t flawless by any means, it is easily the most enjoyable X-Men title on the market right now.
Wonder Woman 12 is good. The cover kind of spoils the end of the comic, so I’ll just say that most of this issue is build-up to Ares revealing himself. The even numbered issues are a retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story and it’s fairly well done. If that interests you, why not give it a shot?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 65 is fun. This is basically a Christmas party issue, and after some very tense stories lately, the Turtles need a chance to have some fun. A whole bunch of supporting characters show up, some we haven’t seen for a while. This comic is jam packed with amusing lines, but with touches of character development every now and then. This is easily the most entertaining comic I’ve read this week, and it’s an easy recommendation for Ninja Turtles fans.
Detective Comics 946 is intense. Most of the comic is a brawl between Batman’s team and the Victim Syndicate. There’s some great co-ordinated Batman team action, but also a lot of drama behind the action. The prologue also touches on why Batman put the team together in the first place, which gives a lot of context to the comic’s ending. Anyone interested in a Batman team book should check this out.
Detective comics was great this week, such a great dynamic with the team now. All new X-Men #16 was a step up for the series after a bit of a lull, really enjoyed it. I’ve not bothered with In humans V X-Men, as I didn’t like Death of X, so will hang on until the new x men Blue and Gold books start before I try any other X-Men book. My fave issue this week was Daredevil #14, brilliant issue. Have a great new comics book day 🙂
I don’t blame you for skipping out on Inhumans vs. X-Men. I almost didn’t pick it up myself. It is leagues better than Death of X so far though. That doesn’t mean it’ll stay that way, but it’s a great start.
Agreed though, All-New X-Men 16 is quite fun. If I have one complaint, it’s that this story arc felt a lot shorter than it needed to be. More interaction between Pryor and Cyclops could have been hilariously awkward.
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Yes, I agree, the whole Pryor and Cyclops thing could have been made more of. I might check Inhumans V X-Men out in trade maybe later, if reviews are promising, but I’m just a bit bored with the whole Tigerian mist thing now.
IvX was pretty good. The X-Men come across a bit jerky, I thought. But the plans they make are really cool.
Hawkeye was an excellent debut. Really funny.
ANXM was great. Lots of fun. I just love seeing Maddie get to be happy for once. I love this version of the Goblin Queen. I definitely would have liked a moment between her and Teen Scott, even if it was just her seeing him, then laughing, with absolutely no explanation given.