It was only last week when the third of the three major Marvel events that seemed to run at the same time ended, and through Marvel’s June Solicitations, we’ve learned of yet another event/crossover coming up. Seriously Marvel, slow down. Also, I know I’m not the only one frustrated by this, but Old Man Logan is showing up on way too many X-Men teams. We get it, the Logan movie is popular, but he’s not the only character in that movie who’s been getting very positive reception. So far, All-New Wolverine isn’t on any team books while Old Man Logan has what, 3 or 4 in addition to his solo series? I’m capping my Old Man Logan books at one, and as of right now, it’s probably going to be X-Men: Gold. At least X-23 is getting an Edge of the Venomverse alternate though – that could be fun.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Hulk 4, The Unworthy Thor 5, Batgirl 9, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 68, Detective Comics 953 and Action Comics 976. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Hulk 4 is good. This issue partially reveals what’s really going on with Jennifer Walters’s weird client, while also ending with a situation that pretty much forces her to Hulk out, despite her reservations. This issue doesn’t dig as deep into her PTSD as the previous three. It instead focuses on rising tension. It still works, it’s just not quite as good as the first three issues on its own.
Batgirl 9 is fun. Batgirl’s investigation into the Son of the Penguin, along with Barbara dating him in her civilian life, keeps an interesting balance going on. Not sure what else to say about this issue to be honest. So far this is a good, more lighthearted Batman family book, and the quality is more consistent than the previous run.
Detective Comics 953 is great. Lady Shiva’s plan is really starting to get brutal, with several members of Batman’s team seemingly taken out by the end of this issue. Dramatically, this one focuses a lot on Cassandra Cain, providing a lot of weight behind the story. I doubt I’ll review this issue in particular because of some bigger releases this week, but this is a Batman team book, and they’re facing the League of Shadows. The league seems to be unstoppable at this point. Fans of the Batman franchise should be buying this series. It’s so good.