Canada, my home country, turns 150 in three days. Looking forward to the celebrations. I picked up a lot of comics this week and I’ve got other things to do once I’m done blogging, so that’s all the introduction you’re going to get.
The comics I picked up this week include Edge of Venomverse 1, Cable 2, Jean Grey 3, X-Men Blue 6, Star Wars Doctor Aphra 8, Star Wars Poe Dameron 16, Supergirl: Being Super 4, Batgirl 12, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles 71 and Detective Comics 959. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Supergirl: Being Super 4 review
Edge of the Venomverse 1 is good. It’s an alternate reality story where X-23 combines with the venom symbiote just as she’s escaping the facility. There isn’t anything particularly special about this, but it’s a fun alternate reality for X-23 fans, and it’s probably worth checking out for those looking forward to Venomverse as well. I’m not likely to pick up the rest of the miniseries myself.
Cable 2 is fun. Like the first issue, it doesn’t get too deep into the story, but it does introduce the man Cable is chasing through a flashback and it gives us a good action scene. I hope this series tells us more about what’s going on soon though. Cable fans should check this series out, but read it before you buy it.
X-Men Blue 6 is decent. This is somewhere between a downtime issue and further build-up for the team’s multiple threats. Jean, Beast and Jimmy Hudson are hanging out in the middle of a festival of some kind in Madripoor, only to encounter a street fight involving mutants and the mutant growth hormone. This issue still fails to make Jimmy Hudson interesting, but the story behind what’s going on has a lot of potential. This is at least worth a look, but the past three issues haven’t been as good as the first three.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron 16 is fun. It concludes Poe’s quest for fuel with an exciting fight scene. Things seem pretty hopeless at the start of the issue, and Black Squadron really need to use their brains to survive this one. Saying much more would spoil the whole issue. This series is definitely worth a look for those who enjoyed The Force Awakens, or at least Poe’s character.
Batgirl 12 is fun. It’s a one-off story involving a ghost story in a pool that ends up turning into more of a science fiction mystery. It’s fun seeing how Batgirl figures out what’s going on, while the ghost hunting film crew makes for an amusing side cast. Batgirl fans will likely enjoy this issue.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 71 is weird. I’m not sure what to think of this one. The next issue should be fun though.
Detective Comics 959 is awesome. This is kind of a one-off issue involving Zatanna, but it also digs into the Azrael suit and a new related foe a bit more. Not sure what else to say about this one – I just read 10 comics in one sitting, with one of those comics being 50 pages long. My brain needs a bit of a rest before I get to reviewing things. As a whole this series is an easy recommendation to anyone interested in a Batman team book.
I really enjoyed Detective Comics 959 as well. It was brilliant, great to see batman and Zatanna work together in this issues, and how it builds into the plot with the Azrael suit ect. Love the art in this issue as well. Other Bat-Titles seem to just make Gotham look like New York, but in Detective they have really captured the darker gothic look to Gotham City. Those scenes in the rain as Batman and Zaranna talk were stunning. Aside from Detective and Flash, I got mostly IDW stuff today, Transformers Lost Light #7, The X-Files #15, and STTNG Broken Mirror #2 Have a great new comic book day 🙂
Happy Canada Day!
Edge of Venomverse was pretty good. Interesting story. Cool seeing the NYX kids again; I wish they’d show up again in the main continuity.
Cable has good art, it’s an exciting comic, but Cable himself has no personality so far, which gives readers no real emotional investment.
Jean Grey has Namor abs.
X-Men Blue is good, well-made, but it’s another goddamn subplot in a series that’s starting to feel like nothing but subplots. (Also, I’m worried Bunn’s going to go for a Jean/Jimmy ship, and ugh, no, please no.)