So I’m a full week into my new job, and I can already think of a number of ways I prefer it over my old one. Wouldn’t go so far as to say I love it, but I could get used to it. I like most of the people I work with, and it’s nice to have consistent standards among my superiors instead of conflicting ones. The main thing I don’t like about it is the 45 minute drive to get there. But that trade-off is worth it, and if this job works out, I already have the down payment for a house ready. That’s a problem that could solve itself if I’m there long enough. Anyway, time to talk about comics.
The comics I picked up this week include X-Men Red 1, Hawkeye 15, Star Wars 43, She-Hulk 162, Witchblade 3, I Hate Fairyland 16 and Superman 40. Here are my first impressions. I’ll probably only have time to write one review today, but it’ll be linked below.
Hawkeye 15 is fun. It’s the penultimate issue of the Hawkeye series, pitting both Clint and Kate against a team of villains. One wants Clint dead, and the other seems to be obsessed with Kate for some reason. This series has been a consistent source of entertainment and I’ll miss it when it ends next month.
Star Wars 43 is really good. It concludes Kieron Gillen’s opening Star Wars arc with a great fight between Luke Skywalker and a cyborg Imperial officer. There are also some unexpected moments, a few good jokes about Han’s rising prominence within the rebellion, and the establishment of what feels like a new direction for this series. This series is definitely worth checking out for Star Wars fans.
She-Hulk 162 is great. It digs into Jennifer’s head and looks at what’s really affecting her transformations. It takes a look at the root cause of her problems, and it’s one that fits her character well. As much as this is a fairly dramatic issue, it’s also weird and fun in all the right ways. She-Hulk fans will likely enjoy this issue, even if they didn’t really like the direction of this series.
Witchblade 3 is good. It feels like this series is starting to find its feet. The story is getting weird in the same way that made the original series so much fun, but it also remains a fairly dramatic story. Alex is starting to get used to the idea of being the Witchblade bearer, but still misses her normal people problems. I’m not quite sold on this new iteration of the Witchblade universe yet, but it’s winning me over one bit at a time. It’s at least worth a look for fans of the original series.
I Hate Fairyland 16, as usual, is a lot of fun. After whatever happened in the previous issue (it’s been long enough that I honestly forget), the devil is trying to torture Gertrude by giving her the illusion of going back home, only for it to warp into something weird. When that doesn’t work, he instead tortures her by just sending her back to Fairyland. That’s all there is to this one. This series is consistently the most entertaining comic of the week for me every time it releases. Check it out.
Superman 40 is great. On the anniversary of Krypton’s destruction, Superman and Superboy reflect on their planet of origin, and then they learn of another planet that may also suffer the same fate. Their attempts to help don’t go so well when the planet turns out to be run by zealots. Superman fans should be reading this series – it strikes a great balance between a family drama and a superhero book, and this issue is no exception.
X-Men Red was a solid debut. Really interesting and cool.
Hawkeye is great, as always. So much fun.
She-Hulk is so weird and trippy, but fun and emotional.