It’s the last Wednesday of February, and it’s been a bit of a busy week. For one, I’m preparing for a weekend-long volunteer photography gig. It’s an annual event and I’m looking forward to it. Also, I’ve owned The Witcher 2 for nearly 4 years now and yet I just played through it for the first time this past week. It’s a pretty good game. Now I’m working on The Witcher 3, although I’m pretty sure that one will take a fair amount longer to finish. Also, the Logan movie is coming out next week. I didn’t watch either of the previous Wolverine movies when they were in theatres, and I still have yet to re-watch Wolverine Origins. I probably never will either. This one though – it’s been getting very good reviews, the trailers look very good, and it’s the cinematic debut of my favourite X-Men character. I’m kind of excited about this one.
Anyway, the comics I picked up include The Mighty Captain Marvel 2, Ghost Rider 4, Inhumans vs. X-Men 5, Spider-Woman 16, Supergirl Being Super 2, Batgirl 8, Monstress 10 and Detective Comics 951. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted. I might take a nap first though, because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Long story short, I worked later than I’m supposed to be available. The reasons why are a long story that doesn’t belong here.
The Mighty Captain Marvel 2 is alright. Maybe it’s because I read this comic in the middle of the pack and I didn’t get much sleep last night, but I found it a bit confusing. Great art though.
Spider-Woman 16 is very good. It concludes Spider-Woman’s battle with the Hobgoblin, at least for now, and ending the story on a touching note in multiple ways. It shows how determined and protective Spider-Woman can be, how much Porcupine has grown since he left his villainous days, and gives us a great superhero fight. If a single mother superhero sounds interesting, you should check this series out.
Supergirl Being Super 2 is great. I didn’t actually pick up the first issue on its release day, and instead decided to pick it up later. It’s an alternate universe take on Supergirl in high school aimed mostly for girls, but the storytelling is very good and the art is fantastic. The previous issue ended with a high school track meet being hit by an earthquake, and Supergirl’s powers are acting up a bit. Her powers fail her at the wrong time and one of her friends dies as a result. The rest of this issue does a great job at exploring how it hits Kara and her other friends emotionally in a way that a shorter comic wouldn’t be able to achieve fully. There’s a bit of mysterious story development as well, and a cliff-hanger ending that partially explains what’s going on with Supergirl’s powers. If this sounds interesting, check this out.
Batgirl 8 is fun. It’s the second issue in the Son of the Penguin story, and he’s developing into a morally complex and interesting character in his own right. Not sure what else to say about this issue – it’s mostly build-up, but with a bit of good Batgirl action as well. In general, this is a light-hearted series about a member of the greater Batman franchise, and it’s worth a look if that interests you.
Monstress 10 is creepy in all the right ways. This issue is much simpler on the Chinese mythology than most of this series, focusing almost entirely on an island made of bones, and is suspected to actually be a dead god of some kind. In general this is a fascinating take on Chinese mythology, about a girl with a monster living inside her. It’s complex enough that it’s much easier to read this series from the start, but if that interests you or you like Marjorie Liu’s writing, this is definitely worth a look.