Comics of March 29, 2017

I loved the Mass Effect trilogy. I even defended the Mass Effect 3 ending a bit, even though I acknowledge that the un-extended ending felt rushed. So what are my thoughts on Mass Effect: Andromeda? I haven’t played it yet. After struggling to get into Dragon Age: Inquisition, and then discovering The Witcher 3 a few weeks ago, I just can’t be bothered to pick up the new Mass Effect. The bad animations that are easily found on YouTube don’t help either. I’ll play it eventually, but that could be a while from now.

Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include X-Men Prime 1, The Mighty Captain Marvel 3, Ghost Rider 5, Black Widow 12, Spider-Woman 17, All-New X-Men 19 and Batgirl Annual. A number of these issues are the final issue in their series, so it’ll be hard to pick and choose what to review. Because of this, as much as I try to review at least one non-Marvel comic a week, unfortunately the Batgirl Annual is getting the shaft. I feel bad about that because it features Supergirl as well, but … you know. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.

X-Men Prime 1 review

Spider-Woman 17 review

Black Widow 12 review

The Mighty Captain Marvel 3 is alright. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not enjoying this volume of Captain Marvel as much as the previous volumes.

Ghost Rider 5 is alright. This issue focuses more on Ghost Rider than some issues, but since it’s mostly one big action scene, there’s not all that much dramatic weight to it. The other members of the “four on the floor” team barely have any dialogue. Although in Laura’s case, her dialogue has been so bizarre in this series that it’s a good thing. Overall, this run feels more like a crossover mini-series than a solo book. That’s not the best way to write a solo title. That said, if you enjoyed the previous four issues, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

All-New X-Men 19 is mostly good. This issue almost entirely focuses on the original 5 X-men. Now that Beast has solved their time travel problem, they travel back to their past, only to find out that they’ve somehow been replaced by copies of themselves by the Universe itself. I can think of an easy explanation for this – Secret Wars. In any case, they’re likely here to stay in the modern era, and I’m fine with that. There are a couple panels that exemplify every problem I have with All-New Wolverine’s characterization in this series. Basically the art shows her slicing open throats when she’s supposed to be trying not to kill anyone. Even the dialogue in one of the earlier issues of All-New X-Men said as much. That’s a minor part of this issue – the main focus is on the original 5, and it’s all well-written from a dramatic standpoint. That’s especially the case when it touches on Cyclops and Jean Grey’s relationship, and how they both think it’s a bad idea when they know where it leads, even though they still love each other. It’s kind of a tragic moment, but it works very well. Whether you’ve enjoyed this series or you plan on picking up X-Men: Blue, this issue is worth checking out.

The Batgirl Annual is great. There are two stories that are both long enough for an issue on their own. There’s a Batgirl/Supergirl team up that’s more than enjoyable enough that I hope to see them work together again soon. It makes good use of their skills and abilities while telling a somewhat mysterious and dramatic story. The other story catches Barbara up with her friend, and puts them in a situation that Barbara is forced to solve without revealing that she’s Batgirl. Batgirl regulars will likely enjoy this, and the first story is at least worth a read for Supergirl fans as well.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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6 Responses to Comics of March 29, 2017

  1. Paul Bowler says:

    I enjoyed All New X-Men #19, it rounded off the series and sets things up for X-Men Blue. I was going to check out X-Men Prime #1 didn’t bother with it in the end. I haven’t played any of the Mass Effect games, was going to get Andromeda, but as I’m still playing Horizon Zero Dawn, think I’ll leave it for now as well. Have a great new comic book day 🙂

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    • healed1337 says:

      Horizon Dawn Zero is on my to play list, and so is Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But Witcher 3 is so huge and so amazingly good that it’ll be a while before I get to either of them.

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      • Paul Bowler says:

        Would certainly recommend Horizon Zero Dawn, its a huge game as well, really enjoying playing it. I’ve got Witcher 3, never got round to finishing it. Keep meaning to get back to that game. Think there is a lot of DLC available for it now as well.

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      • healed1337 says:

        Don’t blame you for not finishing Witcher 3. It’s massive in more ways than one. So good though.

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      • Paul Bowler says:

        Well, I meant to, but then Arkham Knight came out and I got into playing that. And then so many other games since. Really want to get into Witcher 3 again at some point, maybe play it again from the beginning – as I haven’t done much anyway – and enjoy the game. I’ll get around to it eventually.

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    X-Men Prime is OK, but safe to skip.

    Captain Marvel is good. I’m still enjoying it.

    Ghost Rider . . . what a waste of potential. They did basically every single thing wrong here, and failed to understand who the audience for this book was, or what they wanted.

    Black Widow goes out on a strong note, matching the rest of the series.

    Spider-Woman is good. Good finale.

    ANXM is good, but there’s something about the pacing that felt odd to me. I’m not quite sure what it was. I can’t put my finger on the problem. But something about the issue just felt odd.

    As for Mass Effect: Andromeda. I don’t game nearly enough for it to be worthwhile for me to buy a whole new system. So, I won’t be playing it, much as I love the original trilogy. (I’ve made it back to 3 on my current playthrough!)

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