After today, there are 8 days left of NaNoWriMo 2017. I completed my triple win (150,000 words for the month) on November 20th, which makes it the fifth time I’ve triple won. That’s also the same number of years I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo. I also completed my second novel of the month yesterday – and unlike most of the books I write, it’s one that I might not even try to get published. It was a fun experiment that will at least help me sort out the backstories in my vampire/werewolf novel series for when I next edit it, so even if I don’t ever try to publish it, it still wasn’t a waste of time. And I have the rest of the month booked off of work, so there’s a chance that my writing will even increase in speed over the next few days.
But enough about writing for now. This is Wednesday, which means new comics are out. The comics I picked up this week include All-New Wolverine 27, Star Wars 39, Cable 151, Batgirl 17, Detective Comics 969 and Action Comics 992. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Cable 151 is fun. The story is still building up, but after an intense encounter that began in the previous issue, Cable gathers his full “Newer Mutants” team. Apart from that, there’s some good action. At this point it’s hard to measure how good this story arc will be, but it’s already more fun and showing more promise than the first few issues of this Cable volume began with. I won’t go so far as to recommend this to fans of the newer mutant characters yet, but it’s an enjoyable read for Cable fans.
Batgirl 17 is great. It concludes a story arc with Batgirl and Nightwing working together against The Red Queen, who’s been using nanobots to induce drug-like symptoms throughout Burnside, while flashing back to their first major case together. It concludes with several great dramatic moments, a well done fight scene and an emotionally satisfying ending. This story arc is an easy recommendation for both Batgirl and Nightwing fans.
Action Comics 992 is good. Although the end of The Oz Effect disappointed me, this is a good aftermath issue, exploring how Oz being Superman’s Kryptonian father is emotionally affecting him. Superman becomes a bit obsessed with trying to find where his father was taken, and to learn more about what happened in the first place. It’s clearly affecting his personal life in a way that feels appropriate. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this issue great, but it’s fairly well done and it’s definitely worth picking up if you read through The Oz Effect. Not really a great starting point for new readers though.