We’re right in the middle of a five Wednesday month, which usually means the comics released in the next couple weeks will be spread so thin that unless you pick up something you don’t normally read, you’ll probably have a tiny pull list in one, if not both, of the next two weeks. For now, this is looking like my big week of the month. These days that’s still usually less than 10 comics. I think I prefer it that way over at least once a month where I’ve got 12 or more.
The comics I picked up include Generation X 1, Ultimates 2 7, Star Wars: Poe Dameron 15, The Mighty Thor 19, Star Wars 31, Super Sons 4, Red Sonja 5 and Superman 23. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Also this past week I started a series where I’m looking at every animated Disney Studios movie ever, in order of release. If that interests you, I’ve posted the first two already – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. I’ve now watched Fantasia for the first time, so in the next couple of days, I’ll be working on that post.
Ultimates 2 7 is alright. The main story in the first 6 issues is just amazing. This one kind of comes out of nowhere and acts as a Secret Empire tie-in that barely touches on the main story, as if the creative team was forced to do it. Basically the Ultimates team is trapped outside of Earth because of the new shield they just activated, and they’re trying to break through while holding off a chitauri army at the same time. The art is also weaker than usual. Regular readers of the Ultimates 2 series might want to read before they buy this particular issue.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron 15 is great. The resistance is running very low on resources, especially fuel. Poe’s squadron heads out to find a fuel resupply they’re expecting that hasn’t arrived yet. It turns out that the First Order found it first and set a trap. I won’t spoil the exact details, but it kind of feels like Speed in space. That’s a good thing. Those who enjoyed The Force Awakens should check this series out – it takes place in the months before the movie.
The Mighty Thor 19 is intense. It concludes the Shi’ar/Asgard war with a heavy phoenix focused issue. Odinson also shows up after missing from this series for a while, and there are both some teasers for the war of the realms, and a nice little nod to Jean Grey’s new solo series. Despite all the other stories it touches on, this story feels very self-contained and it’s a nice break from the larger, more complicated main story. Jason Aaron’s Thor run continues to be amazing on almost every level.
Super Sons 4 is good. It concludes the first story arc in a way that’s both predictable and not predictable. It’s not predictable in how the problem is solved (and who comes to the rescue of Superboy and Robin), but the very last panel is not surprising whatsoever. It’s still an amusing moment that I won’t spoil anyway. Beyond that, Jon and Damien just make a very entertaining team. They’re somewhere between friends and bickering rivals. As a team-up book between Jon Kent and Damien Wayne, this is at least worth checking out for both Batman and Superman fans.
Red Sonja 5 is fun. In addition to the action scene involving a giant demon monster attacking New York City, this issue answers some of the questions regarding how Red Sonja ended up in the modern world. As much as I like the normal art for the most part, I think I actually prefer the fill-in artist in the first half of the issue. Either way, the two artists seem to work well together. Going into this series I wasn’t sure what to think of putting Red Sonja into a modern setting, but I’m really enjoying this so far. Red Sonja fans should at least give this series a chance.