Comics of August 23, plus next movie blogathon

It’s weird how even in a month where there are 5 Wednesdays, I’m picking up more comics on both week 4 and week 5 than I did week 1. I don’t know what’s going on with Marvel’s release schedule anymore.

Before I get into comics, I recently finished my Disney movie blog marathon. I want to do another, but I’d like some input on what I should do next. It’ll definitely be something shorter than 56 movies. Right now, I’m kind of split between a Star Trek movie marathon, all the Alien and Predator movies and some sort of Superhero movie marathon. If it’s a Superhero marathon, I would probably start with either all the Superman and Batman movies or all the X-Men movies. Either way, I’m also going to try to do all the Star Wars movies in the lead up to The Last Jedi, releasing this December. Let me know what you would prefer in the comments and I’ll put that into consideration.

Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Generations: The Mighty Thor and The Unworthy Thor, Star Wars Doctor Aphra Annual, Cable 4, Red Sonja 8, Batgirl 14 and Detective Comics 963. Here are my first impressions. I might be taking a break from reviews this week, partly because I feel the need for one and partly because I have some important things to do today. If I do post reviews though, they’ll be linked below.

Generations: Thor is good, but nothing special. It’s really just a fight between the two Thors and Apocalypse in ancient Egypt. There is some decent drama with Odinson struggling with how he’s not yet worthy to pick up the hammer, but I was hoping for a bit more depth. The action scene wasn’t as epic or exciting as I was hoping for either, especially given how good Jason Aaron’s Thor run is. Still, it’s at least worth a look if you’re enjoying The Mighty Thor.

The Doctor Aphra annual is fun. It mostly explores Black Krrsantan (Aphra’s wookie “friend”) and his past. It also kind of sets up the auction story arc that’s currently ongoing in the main series. It’s nice to get Krrsantan’s past, but how much you’ll enjoy this issue likely depends on how interested you are in the black furred wookie.

Cable 4 is ok. The previous issue did a great job at expanding on the story, but this one goes straight back to a conflict that it’s increasingly difficult to care about. I’ll still read the next issue, but at this point I’m looking forward to the writer change and the completely new direction for the series. I wouldn’t really recommend this.

Red Sonja 8 is fun. Red Sonja’s war with a biker gang heats up, while at the same time, the feds are after her. There’s some great action, a couple good jokes and a quickly intensifying situation. I was a bit nervous about Red Sonja being transported to modern times at first, but I’m fully onboard now. If you’re a Red Sonja fan, you should at least check this series out.

Batgirl 14 is good. It kicks off a story arc teaming Batgirl and Nightwing up, while also exploring their past together. Not too much else to say about this one – check it out if that interests you.

Detective Comics 963 is great. It introduces a new story arc involving Spoiler, who left the team several story arcs back. She’s getting involved in some sort of project that’s a bit suspicious. There’s also some good character development with Clayface. Otherwise this is a bit of a downtime issue, which is nice every now and then in such a fast-paced, intense series. If you’re interested in a Batman team book, you should be reading this.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Comics of August 23, plus next movie blogathon

  1. Paul Bowler says:

    I really enjoyed Detective Comics #963, especially as it features Spoiler again, been wondering what she’s been up to. I agree, Marvel’s release schedules seem all over the place at the moment, I’m only reading Daredevil regularly now.


  2. xmenxpert says:

    Generations Thors was fine. It as fun. It just wasn’t anything particularly special. We’ve had Young Thor stories, and this one doesn’t really give us anything particularly new to say about him, or about Jane.

    Cable was pretty good. Each issue does get better, I find. And Cable not giving a damn about Conquest’s speeches is great.


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