So, it’s the last week of April. X-Men Gold 2 got delayed a week, and I’m not surprised considering the controversy surrounding the first issue. I won’t talk about it here – there’s more than enough information about it online if you’re curious. On the bright side, with the recall over the first issue and the alterations on the digital copies and all later physical copies, the original copies could be worth something someday. I’ve got one of those. That’s pretty much the only thing I can think of to talk about for an intro this week.
The comics I picked up this week include X-Men Gold 2, X-Men Blue 2, Hulk 5, The Mighty Thor 18, Supergirl: Being Super 3, Batgirl 10 and Detective Comics 955. I also picked up The Ultimates 2 6, but since I also finally tracked down the 5th issue this week and haven’t found the time to read it yet, I’ll save the issue for later. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Hulk 5 is great. There’s a lot of tension in this issue, both inside Jennifer’s head and in the situation around her. It’s hard to go into too much detail when this issue is fairly straight forward without taking time to explain the story so far. That’s best saved for a full review, but with no X-Men comics last week and two this week, I’ll likely review those instead. In any case, this is a very dramatic story about a woman who’s suffering from PTSD, who happens to be a hulk. It’s not the usual characterization for Jennifer Walters, but it’s very well written. If that interests you, check it out.
The Mighty Thor 18 is fun. The Shi’ar/Asgard war really heats up in this issue, but not necessarily with the Asgardians and the Shi’ar fighting each other. It’s more of the two of them teaming up against the increasingly selfish and insane Shi’ar deities. Quentin Quire’s appearance here actually makes sense too. The action feels epic, the art is amazing, and the writing is consistently good. This isn’t the greatest issue of The Mighty Thor, but when the series is already amazing, that’s not a problem. Thor fans who haven’t at least checked Jason Aaron’s run out yet are making a mistake.
Batgirl 10 is good. A lot of the mystery surrounding the Penguin’s son is revealed in this issue, including his ultimate plan. Basically, he’s a technological genius with plans to overtake his father’s criminal empire. He’s definitely creepy, but that’s part of what makes him work as a villain. Those looking for a more lighthearted series in the Batman Universe should check this out.
Detective Comics 955 is amazing. Cassandra Cain takes center stage in this issue, both in terms of action and drama. What’s happened to the other members of Batman’s team is revealed in this issue as well. This story arc seems to be racing toward its conclusion. As usual, this is a Batman team book, and those remotely interested in the concept should look into this series. It’s amazing.