In the last few days I came up with a bit of an ambitious idea for this blog. Although this will primarily remain a comic blog, and I still intend to review every novel I read, I’m considering a movie marathon of sorts. The idea is to watch every animated Disney Studio movie in order of release, and to write a blog post about each of them. I would start by aiming for one or two posts a week. I would also try to do this regardless of whether I’m writing or editing a book that month. Let me know if you’d be interested in the comments.
Anyway, the comics I read this week include Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel 1, X-Men Blue 3, All-New Wolverine 20, Red Sonja: The Long Walk to Oblivion, Supergirl 9 and Detective Comics 956. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
X-Men Blue 3 is good. The previous issue ended with a group of Sentinels offering to help the X-Men, leading to a bit of a confusing cliffhanger. This issue reveals what’s going on, and the answer is somehow both surprising and not. It also marks the return of a very dangerous X-Men villain. There’s a great balance between story, character drama and mystery so far. This series is off to a strong start, and it’s an easy recommendation to those who could see themselves enjoying a series about the time displaced teenaged original X-Men.
Red Sonja: The Long Walk to Oblivion is good. It’s a 40 page issue that details what happened before Red Sonja found herself transported to the modern age, while giving us more insight into the evil sorcerer’s plans. Apart from that, it feels like a normal, enjoyable Red Sonja one-shot, with some great fantasy action, a bit of humour and a dark, sinister situation that’s more complicated than Sonja realizes. That should be enough to help you decide whether you’re interested in this comic or not.
Supergirl 9 is good. This kicks off the Escape from the Phantom Zone story arc that also features Batgirl. It ties into some of the sub-stories in the Supergirl series, but the main focus is hinting at what’s going on in the story and bringing Supergirl and Batgirl together in a way that makes sense. Those already enjoying this Supergirl series will likely enjoy this issue, and it’s worth checking out for Batgirl fans as well.