I picked up 10 comics this week, 2 of them being extra-long. None of them are particularly special issues, so let’s skip the intro and get straight to them. Thankfully all of them were at least good, and half of them were great.
The comics I picked up this week include Generations: Wolverine and All-New Wolverine, Generation X 5, X-Men Blue 9, Star Wars Poe Dameron 18, The Mighty Thor 22, Star Wars 34, The Ultimates 2 100, Super Sons 7, I Hate Fairyland 15 and Superman 29. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Generation X 5 is good. It focuses almost entirely on Eye Boy and Nature Girl, and it managed to sell me on two characters I never really cared that much about before. Basically they discover and beat up a villain on their own, who’s been stealing stuff from the X-Men by controlling rodents. Those who enjoy X-Men teen books will likely enjoy this series. It’s got a good balance of early 2000’s teens, the newer characters and a couple X-kids from the 90’s acting as teachers.
Star Wars Poe Dameron 18 is great. Black Squadron split into two teams with distinct missions in the previous issue. The first is tracking down a traitor before he gives too much information to the First Order, while the other is on a PR campaign to improve how the galaxy sees the Resistance. Without spoilers, the situation looks really dire for both teams by the end of this comic. Fans of Poe from The Force Awakens should check this series out. It takes place before Star Wars episode 7, and it does a great job at expanding on the political atmosphere of the sequel trilogy while also giving us more Poe.
The Mighty Thor 22 is intense. Most of the issue is The War Thor vs the fire realm, with Jane Foster Thor showing up to try and stop the War Thor from going too far. There’s a fair amount of story development as well. It feels like this series is gearing toward some sort of grand finale. Thor fans should be reading Jason Aaron’s entire Thor run, starting with Thor: God of Thunder from 2011.
Star Wars 34 is fun. The entire issue is about Sana Solo working with Lando Calrissian on a massive scheme to take money from all sorts of dark forces and playing them against each other. Saying too much else would ruin the fun, but pick this up if it sounds like fun.
The Ultimates 2 100 is great. It seems to conclude a massive story revolving around a multiversal threat. It’s huge in scale, and surprisingly easy to follow despite the high concepts. With that said, you really should read this series from the beginning or you’ll be completely lost. This series (along with Ultimates) as a whole is very creative, and is probably the best team book to come out of Marvel since 2015’s Secret Wars.
I Hate Fairyland 15 is hilarious as always. The previous issue ended with Gertrude somehow becoming nice. This issue follows both her adventures to finding a key and leaving fairyland, and the reactions of everyone who weren’t expecting kindness from this former kill happy barbarian trapped in an 8-year-old girl’s body. As usual, the ending is a bit of a surprise. This creator-owned comedy series by Scottie Young is well worth checking out.
Superman 29 is good. This introduces a new storyline involving the yellow lanterns in a sense. Saying much more would spoil what’s going on. It’s not the greatest issue of this series, but it’s a perfectly fine start to what could be yet another great story arc. Superman fans in general should be reading this series.