It’s the last Wednesday before Christmas, which means this week is really busy for a retail worker like me. I’m not sure exactly how many reviews I’ll have the energy to get through this week, but at the very least, here’s my first impressions post for all the comics I picked up. Also I saw The Last Jedi on opening night. While I liked it at first, it took me a couple days to think things over before I could decide how much I liked it. There may or may not be a related post coming at some point before the new year, depending on when I see it a second time to help firm up my thoughts.
The comics I picked up include Doctor Aphra 15, Poe Dameron 22, Generation X 85, The Mighty Thor 702, Superman 37 and Super Sons 11. Here are my first impressions, and links to any full reviews I write will be added when they’re posted.
Doctor Aphra 15 is great. The previous issue showed us Aphra’s current position of being forced to work for a homicidal robot, who often goes well beyond Aphra’s own questionable morality. This issue expands on what’s going on while also kicking off a larger story. Despite how emotionally rough it is for Aphra, there’s still a touch of her sense of humour to keep the comic relatively light. This series in general is basically Indiana Jones in the Star Wars Universe with morally questionable characters. If that sounds interesting, you should check this out.
Poe Dameron 22 is fun. It takes place in the lead-up to The Force Awakens, with Poe’s squad and Leia working together to rescue Lor San Tekka from execution at the hands of Neimoidians. Leia’s plan is a lot of fun to watch unfold, but what’s equally fun is watching everything fall apart thanks to series long villains showing up at the worst possible moment. Fans of Poe Dameron will enjoy this series, and this particular arc is also worth reading for Leia fans.
Generation X 85 is good. The situation with Emplate gets a lot more intense, but that doesn’t stop this issue from also getting some great humour and character drama. Sadly as usual, the somewhat weak art holds back what is otherwise a great comic.
The Mighty Thor 702 is great. This is partly a downtime issue that focuses on character development and story, but it also ends with a teaser, promising an epic fight scene in the next issue. Thor fans in general should be reading Jason Aaron’s entire Thor run, and it all feels like it’s starting to culminate in one epic story coming up fast.