We’re at the exact half-way point through November. For people writing NaNoWriMo, that means that to be on-pace, you should have at least 25,000 words written by the end of the day. I’m sitting at slightly above 103,000 words and I’m somewhere around 1/3 of my way through my second novel of the month, so I’m not too worried about winning. This second novel is one that I might not ever try to get published, but it’s still fun to write so far. It will also help me sort out the back story within my vampire/werewolf series when I get back to it for further edits.
Enough about NaNoWriMo though, because as usual, I’m taking a break from writing novels today. It’s a Wednesday, and that means new comics. This week, I picked up Weapon X 11, Hawkeye 12, Doctor Aphra 14, The Mighty Thor 701, Super Sons 10, Superman 35 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 76. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Weapon X 11 is alright. It concludes the story arc with All-New Wolverine guest starring, while the team hunts down Weapon H. Considering how little difference she made in the plot, it kind of feels like it was pointless to include Laura in this story arc. In fact save for Old Man Logan, you barely see any members of the Weapon X team at all in this issue. At least Laura’s characterization is pretty decent though. From what I’ve seen of this series so far (every issue since the crossover with the Amadeus Cho Hulk series), it’s alright. I might check out the next issue, but it’ll depend on how I’m feeling the day it comes out. Not sure whether to recommend this or not.
Doctor Aphra 14 is good. This is also sort-of a one off issue, while also kicking off a new direction for this series. It starts off fairly entertaining, with Aphra helping out on some sort of raid. There’s an amusing and yet somewhat dramatic conversation between Aphra and an Imperial Officer she’s encountered several times already. With all that said, it gets really dark fast towards the end of the comic. This series as a whole is like Indiana Jones in the Star Wars universe, starring a bunch of morally questionable characters. If that sounds interesting, you should check this out.
The Mighty Thor 701 is intense. Most of this issue is a brutal fight between The War Thor and Mangog. On the one hand it doesn’t do too much to advance the story, but on the other hand it’s good to take a break sometimes with a series this complex. And this fight is a brilliant way to show how big of a threat Mangog is. This is definitely worth reading for Mighty Thor regulars.
Superman 35 is kind of epic. Taking place on Apokolips, it continues the story where Superman’s family is stranded on what used to be a planet ruled by Darkseid and seems to be in the middle of a revolutionary war with at least three different sides. By the end of this issue everyone comes together, and it appears that Lex Luthor is about to learn something that Superman didn’t want him to know. Can’t say too much more without spoiling this, but it’s an easy recommendation for Superman fans.