NaNoWriMo starts exactly one week away. Normally I try to post some sort of comic reviews on Wednesdays, even during the month of intensive writing, but I’m not sure whether I will next week or not. I know that I want to do a fair amount of writing to start the month off, and there’s a chance I’ll be too mentally tired to write any comic posts after that. Also, my current X-Men movie blogathon may be on hold until after November, because not only will I be writing a lot of fiction that month, but I have some final preparations to be made for my own writing. But for now it’s time to talk about comics.
I picked up Jean Grey 8, Weapon X 10, All-New Wolverine 26, Batgirl 16, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 75, Detective Comics 967 and Action Comics 990. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Weapon X 10 is alright. Besides the Weapon X team debating what to do with Striker, this issue feels pretty much the same as the previous one. The Hulkverine is traveling around with his controller, resisting her programming, while the team is trying to track it down. Not much more to say about this one, or even who to recommend it to.
Batgirl 16 is fun. It continues Batgirl and Nightwing’s search for The Red Queen, along with the nanotechnology-based hallucinogen. It’s tied to a flashback to when they first met, and the first major case they took on together as Batgirl and Robin. As such, it doubles as a fun exploration of their friendship. Fans of either character will likely enjoy this story arc.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 75 is a 40-page epic. It’s the trail of Krang, complete with a bit of an interdimensional war involving mutant Dinosaurs and alien bugs, an assassin plot, and … you get the idea. Despite everything that’s going on, this issue explains enough that you’d probably be able to follow it if this is your first issue. There’s a lot of exposition, making this a fairly long read by modern comic standards. The trial is very intriguing though. This series in general is worth recommending to any Ninja Turtles fans, whether you normally read comics or not. This particular issue is an excellent example of why.
My favourite comic of the week is between TMNT 75 and All-New Wolverine 26, and I’m not sure if I could decide which I prefer.
Action Comics 990 is good. Oz (who seems to be Superman’s Kryptonian father) continues his plan to try to take his son and his family off of Earth, mentioning a potential upcoming extinction event. Meanwhile, Superman is being overwhelmed by all the chaos that Oz has inspired around the world. Mentioning what other superheroes are up to amongst the chaos, including Supergirl and the Chinese Superman, is a nice touch, but it would have been nice to see at least a single panel of each of them doing something. Whatever the case, I’m still not sure exactly how to feel about this storyline, but if the idea doesn’t bother you and you’re a Superman fan, it’s at least worth a look.