My comic posts were delayed today because I had a job interview this morning, so let’s skip the intro and get straight to it.
The comics I picked up this week include Generations: Captain Marvel and Captain Mar-Vell, Hulk 10, X-Men Blue 11, Doctor Aphra 12, All-New Wolverine 24, Star Wars 36, Supergirl 13, Detective Comics 964 and Action Comics 987. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Generations: Captain Marvel is decent. I stopped reading the main series because I thought it was just ok, and I felt this one is a little bit better than that. There’s some good action, most of the dialogue between the two Captains is written well enough and the art is good. As much as it’s a decent comic with some neat ideas, I found it hard to care. I can’t quite put a finger on why I don’t care. Maybe it’s something about my personal taste and the writer’s style, but I can’t say for sure. I wouldn’t quite recommend this one though.
Hulk 10 is good. It seems to conclude the story about the cooking show host who’s turned into a monster against his will, with a good fight scene between two very powerful people on the brink of losing control. It shows that while Jennifer is improving on her condition, she still has work to do. She-Hulk fans will likely enjoy this series, even if it’s not nearly as light hearted as normal for her comics.
X-Men Blue 11 is intense. It opens with a good fight scene between Jean Grey/Cyclops and Madelyn Pryor’s forces. The second half of the comic builds on the story while also giving us some good character focus on Jean and Scott. The side story with Angel, Jimmy Hudson and the sheriff is good too, but it kind of feels like a distraction at this point. It probably would have worked better after the Pryor story ended. In any case, this is at least worth a look for fans of the original X-Men.
Doctor Aphra 12 is awesome. Everything seems to be falling apart for Aphra at this point in the story, with her allies all fleeing at once, and her auction house is under attack by both an ancient, twisted Jedi AI and Imperial forces, led by Darth Vader himself. The situation is nuts, and that makes this a lot of fun. Doctor Aphra is basically an amoral Indiana Jones in the Star Wars Universe, and if that interests you, check this series out.
Star Wars 36 is so much fun. The entire issue is R2D2 taking on an Imperial Star Destroyer on his own, while the empire keeps both underestimating and overestimating him at the same time. If I explain anything else it’ll ruin the fun, so I probably won’t review this either. Just an all-round entertaining comic and an easy recommendation for Star Wars fans.
Detective Comics 964 is good. This issue splits its focus between Clayface and Spoiler. Clayface’s portion expands on his condition and how the research into a cure is going, and it’s dramatically intense. The Spoiler half expands on some of the threats to Batman’s team while also giving us a good fight scene. Apart from that, it doesn’t do too much to advance the story beyond reveals. This isn’t what I would call the best issue in the series, but it’s still definitely worth reading for series regulars.