It’s the second Wednesday of the year. Because of what will hopefully be temporary financial setbacks, after this week I’ll be cutting back on the number of comics I’m picking up, with the intention to catch up on everything when I can, but this week I picked up all the titles I would normally pick up. As for non-comic reading, I’ve really been stepping up my gym workouts since Christmas to help achieve my physical goals. I also recently started my Pixar blogathon. I’m planning on reviewing at least 3 Pixar movies in the coming week.
As for my writing, I’m currently editing a book I first wrote in November of 2015. It’s been so long that I don’t even remember half of what happened in the book, so it’s more about fixing sentence structure, adding in explanations I didn’t include in the first draft and re-familiarizing myself with the story. I’m about half-way through the edit at this point. After this edit is done, I’ll need to actually write down notes on how to improve the overall structure.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey 3, Cable 153, She-Hulk 161, Witchblade 2, Supergirl 17, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 78, Detective Comics 972 and Action Comics 995. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.
Cable 153 is fun. This issue explains what’s going on with the externals, and also makes fun of time travel shenanigans while also embracing them. It feels like a 90’s comic without going overboard with nostalgia or being too silly, and that alone makes this series worth checking out for Cable fans. The guest stars are well-handled for the most part as well.
She-Hulk 161 is good. The forced conflict between Robyn and Jennifer Walters turns into a great fight scene, and the drama behind it works fairly well on Jennifer’s part. That said, I couldn’t help but feel that this issue could have gone further with Robyn’s issues and how she got to the point of being overly obsessed with hulks and so easily manipulated. So it’s a good comic and those who have enjoyed this series so far will likely enjoy this one, but I can’t help but feel it could have gone deeper.
Supergirl 17 is great. Kara’s fight against the now corrupt DEO intensifies in more ways than one. The agents seem to be getting closer to discovering her secret identity, while at the same time they’re growing bolder with the supervillains they’re manipulating into fighting her. All in an effort to be able to control all of the super powered beings in National City. There’s still room for well-written drama. Also, the ending teaser is intense in multiple ways. Supergirl fans, whether they normally read comics or just watch the TV show, will likely enjoy this.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 78 is intense. The invasion of the mutant dinosaurs cools down a little bit in this issue, with the invaders scouting more than attacking, but there’s still a great fight between the scouts and Casey Jones’ vigilante street gang. There’s also a fairly intense scene without any action, where the Ninja Turtles meet up with Splinter for the first time in a while. It brings up the question of whether being in charge of the Foot Clan is starting to corrupt Splinter. He’s certainly much less patient and merciful than he was in the first 50 issues of the series. At this point this story could still go in a number of directions, and that makes it exciting. This series as a whole is an easy recommendation for TMNT fans, whether you normally read comics or not.
Action Comics 995 seems to be a bit complex. Reading it through at the end of my reading all of these comics in one sitting feels like a mistake, because there’s a lot going on in this issue. I enjoyed it, but hopefully a second reading will help clarify what’s going on.