It’s the second week of October, which means that NaNoWriMo is less than a month away. I’m in the middle of preparations on multiple levels, including how I’m going to be an ML for the second time this year (I’m helping run all the local events). Also, I’m going to be away next week, so there’s a chance I won’t be posting any comic reviews. I might just do a first impressions post at the most, and that could even be a day late. Because NaNoWriMo begins on a Wednesday this year, I might also skip all comic reviews that day to get as good a head start on NaNoWriMo as possible. I don’t usually pick up too many comics on the first Wednesday of the month anyway though.
The comics I picked up this week include Weapon X 9, Hulk 11, Doctor Aphra 13, All-New Wolverine 25, Supergirl 14, Detective Comics 966 and Action Comics 989. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Weapon X 9 is good. I mostly picked this up because All-New Wolverine guest stars in this issue, although I did pick up the previous two issues as well. Because I’m not caught up, I won’t be reviewing this one. Anyway, they’re tracking down a hulk-like Weapon X experiment designed to kill all mutants, but big surprise – he’s already going against his programming. The interactions between the team members are tense in the right ways, and Laura’s characterization is fairly good here. It’s kind of like an X-Force series, but with a mostly Weapon X related cast. If that interests you, this is worth a look.
Hulk 11 is really fun. Most of this series has been dramatic so far. This issue completely flips it around into a pure comedy issue, with the same kind of fourth wall breaking that made the Sensational She-Hulk series so much fun. Those who aren’t familiar with that series might be thrown off a bit, but it’s a lot of fun. Definitely worth picking up for fans of classic She-Hulk comics, or for those interested in a purely comedic date night comic.
Doctor Aphra 13 is intense. Doctor Aphra needs to escape a crazy situation involving a psychotic Jedi AI, Darth Vader and a bunch of mercenaries cooped up in one building. Most of them want to kill her. I’ll just leave it there. This series feels a lot like Indiana Jones, just with morally questionable characters in the Star Wars Universe. If that interests you, check this series out.
Detective Comics 966 is good. It’s the second Oz tie-in, and it seems to conclude the story. Tim Drake, trapped in some sort of alternate dimension, needs to work with an alternate timeline version of himself who became Batman. There are some deep debates between the Tim Drakes, and a cliffhanger ending that could spell trouble for Batman’s team. Those interested in a Batman team book should check this series out, even if this issue isn’t quite as good as normal.
Some great comic choices there! I really enjoyed Detective Comics 966, even though I don’t know much about the whole Oz storyline as I don’t read Action Comics, but I thought this issue was a really clever story. Stunning artwork as well.
Weapon X is good. The focus drifted away a little too much from the team, which was a shame. But at least Laura gets to show up, and kick Sabretooth’s ass a little.
Hulk is a wonderful throwback to the Sensational days. Loved the fourth-wall-breaking. Made for some excellent humour.
Wolverine is a great start to the arc.