So in addition to my Disney Animated Movies blog post series, I’m also working full-time over the next few weeks, and I’m in the middle of Camp NanoWrimo. I haven’t had much free time in the last couple of weeks. That’s ok though. I started my Disney project on May 11, just a day over two months ago, and I’m nearing the end of it. I’ve watched the 40th movie out of 56 and I’ll probably write its blog post later today. Maybe I’ll even find the time to post it this evening. After that, if I average at 4 movies a week, I’ll be done in a month. For Camp NanoWrimo, I’m re-writing a story I wrote way back in high school about a former assassin who wants to redeem himself.
That’s enough about general updates though. It’s time to talk about this week’s comics. I picked up Jean Grey 4, Generation X 4 (my store finally had enough copies), X-Men Blue 7, Hulk 8, Doctor Aphra 9, Supergirl 11 and Detective Comics 960. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Generation X 4 is intense. After one of the X mansion kids got attacked in Central Park, the new Generation X group sneaks out after dark to try and find out what happened. It reveals a major threat that the Generation X kids will need to deal with, that as far as I can tell, goes back to the original Generation X series. There’s not too much else to say about the story without spoiling it. A lot of the time, the X-Men books about teenaged characters tend to be of the highest quality, and this series along with X-Men Blue seem to continue that trend.
X-Men Blue 7 is pretty good. It’s a Secret Empire tie-in, but it explains everything you need to know pretty quick. The O5 act as a resistance team to a mutant government force that struck a deal with Hydra for their own state, rescuing mutants from a prison built for those who disagree with Emma Frost’s council. There’s some great stuff in here. Unfortunately, it continues X-Men Blue’s trend of introducing a bunch of stories at once. The writing in this series is very good, but it’s starting to feel very disconnected. Hopefully after these tie-ins end, the series will start to feel more focused. This is worth checking out if you’re interested in the X-Men dealing with the Secret Empire, but it’s skippable if you’re avoiding the event.
Doctor Aphra 9 is fun. Aphra hosts an auction for Rur, the very dangerous ancient Jedi AI she found in the first story arc. That’s about it really. This is basically Indiana Jones in the Star Wars Universe involving a morally questionable lead, and this issue isn’t trying to be anything but fun. It succeeds. Check it out if that sounds interesting to you.
Supergirl 11 is good. The team-up between Supergirl and Batgirl ends in this issue with the two of them escaping the Phantom Zone. Batgirl shows off some impressive fighting skills, while Supergirl uses her diplomacy to save a powerful phantom zone entity from her own insanity. It’s hard to say more without spoiling the comic, but they’ve got a good team dynamic. This is a good Supergirl series so far, and these last three issues are worth looking into for Batgirl fans as well.