RessurXion officially begins today, with the release of both X-Men Gold and All-New Wolverine 19 (which takes the series in a new direction). Also this past week, I finished writing a straight horror book that I’ve been working on during the month of March. I took my time with this a lot more than normal, seeing how it’s not an action-filled book. It turned out well for a somewhat experimental first draft. Beyond that, I’ve been playing The Witcher 3 a lot lately. In case you haven’t heard, it’s really good – in fact I would go so far to say it’s by far the best RPG I’ve ever played. I should have checked it out a long time ago.
Also, Marvel announced they’re bringing back their free digital copies thing. I guess someone figured out that it wasn’t a good idea, considering it was the only thing that made Marvel’s $4 comics remotely competitive with DC’s $3 comics. Now what are they going to do about the gap in everyone’s digital collection?
And there’s something I kind of need to mention that has nothing to do with comics, because it’s just funny. Shia Labeouf’s newest movie, Man Down, released in the UK this past weekend. Over the entire weekend, it made 7 pounds. That’s exactly 1 ticket sold. The same movie made less than $500,000 when it released in the United States last December. Just … wow.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include X-Men Gold, All-New Wolverine 19, Star Wars 30, Superman 20 and Batman 20. I considered picking up Bitch Planet 10 as well, but my local shop didn’t have any copies. I also considered picking up Hawkeye 5, but didn’t feel like it when I entered the store. As much as I enjoyed the first four issues, I didn’t enjoy them quite enough to stick with the series when there are a bunch of new titles coming out. Anyway, here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Star Wars 30 is good. This concludes the Yoda focused story arc. In the end, it ties directly into Luke’s character development, and moves him significantly forward towards his understanding of the force. It’s been a great story arc, even if a bit weird, although the conclusion isn’t entirely clear in a few ways. Star Wars fans should at least give this series a chance.
Superman 20 is great. After the beginning of a pleasant evening, this story arc gives us some dark teasers toward Jon Kent’s powers. This issue also involves Batman and Robin, both in a fun way and as a method to dramatically increase the tension at the very end.
I really enjoyed Superman #20, thought it was a great issue, fun that it involved Batman and Robin as well. I’ve not been reading Batman since I Am Suicide, which I really didn’t like, but I might check out the War Of Jokes and Riddles story arc when it starts to see if things improve. I’ve got X-Men Gold, #1, not had chance to read it yet, but looking forward to the new X-Men books as I’ve not bothered with any X books because I didn’t like Inhumans V X-Men.
I would say that Superman 20 is a better Batman comic than Batman 20.
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I enjoyed Superman #20 so much, and the series itself. I’ve never read Superman comics regularly either – I like how it quite easy to get into for new readers like me. I’ve given the main Batman series a miss for now, but I might give King’s Batman another chance at some point.
X-Men Gold is a solid start to the new era.
All-New Wolverine is great.