We’re now three weeks into the New Year, and with it, yet another Marvel event begins. Civil War II feels like it just ended, and Inhumans vs. X-Men is going on as well. So yeah, that happened this week in comics.
The comics I picked up this week include Monsters Unleashed 1, The Mighty Captain Marvel 1, The Ultimates 2 3, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra 3, Black Widow 10, All-New X-Men 17, Batman 15 and Superman 15. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Monsters Unleashed 1 is dumb fun, which is exactly what I expected from it. Monsters are arriving all over the world, and superheroes from around the world are fighting against them. That’s really all there is to this issue. It’s fun, but there’s nothing all that special about it and this issue isn’t really worth reviewing. If that interests you, check it out.
The Mighty Captain Marvel 1 is … I’m not sure how I feel about it after one reading. It touches on a number of dramatic notes but doesn’t really dig into them. The story feels kind of vague too. I’m not really sold on this series right now, and it’ll probably take a second reading to decide how I feel.
Black Widow 10 is good. This mostly takes place on the moon, with Black Widow and Winter Soldier visiting the original Nick Fury in hopes for some vital information. Meanwhile, an enemy from the Red Room is making her move. Although this issue is a sidestep from the norm, this remains a great espionage series. Check Black Widow out if that interests you.
All-New X-Men 17 is mostly good. This is an Inhumans vs. X-Men tie-in, focusing almost exclusively on Iceman and his inhuman boyfriend. It explores how the war impacts him emotionally while also showing how they’ve grown close over the last while. On the downside, it sticks with an old anti-Cyclops narrative that just doesn’t fit with Death of X or Inhumans vs. X-Men.
Batman 15 is alright. It’s the second half of a Batman/Catwoman story, where Batman solves a major case that was hinted at in the previous issue. Still, I’d only recommend this issue to those who care about the Batman, Catwoman relationship.