Back on afternoons this week, meaning my first impressions post is earlier, but I won’t have time for a full review. And now that I’ve started my Star Wars movie blogathon, I’ll be watching the Star Wars Holiday Special tonight.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include X-Men Red 2, Hawkeye 16, Star Wars 44, She-Hulk 163, I Hate Fairyland 17 and Superman 42. Here are my first impressions.
X-Men Red 2 is great. It continues the story from the last issue, where Jean Grey and her team is trying to improve the status of Mutants in the world, but her efforts were seriously harmed when she was framed for assassinating a British diplomat. It delves into the kind of political chaos we’re seeing in the real world today. There’s also a great rescue sequence with Laura, Gabby and Nightcrawler breaking into a government building to break out Trinary, a technopath introduced in this issue. This series is off to a great start, and from what I’ve seen, it’s already the best X-Men team book on the market. Although I have heard good things about the current Astonishing X-Men run. I highly recommend X-Men Red.
Hawkeye 16 is a fun conclusion to an overall fun series. On the one hand, I’ll miss this. On the other hand, the letter at the end of the issue promises that Kate Bishop will return this summer. Since this story arc gets a bit complicated and weird (but in a fun way), I won’t bother explaining the plot. Just know that writer Kelly Thompson is great at writing consistently fun comics.
Star Wars 44 is good. It kicks off a new story arc where Luke, Leia and Han are trying to convince the Mon Calamari to bring their main merchant fleet into the Rebel Alliance, but they’re having trouble convincing their current top general, despite Admiral Ackbar’s presence. Part of the reason they’re resistant is because the Empire is holding their king captive. So Leia declares their next move – to rescue the king. Apart from the chase scene where Han utilizes some of his unique negotiation skills, that about sums this issue up. Star Wars fans will very likely enjoy this issue, and this series as a whole.
She-Hulk 163 is a satisfying conclusion to Jennifer Walters’ most recent solo run. It shows that while she still has some recovering to do, she’s mostly back to normal and can function like her old self. In some ways this feels like a one-shot crossover between She-Hulk and the X-Men, just that there are none of the known X-Men characters. That’s not a bad complaint – it’s just not what I expected.
I Hate Fairyland 17 is great fun as usual. It takes a break from Gertrude’s desperate struggle to escape from Fairyland to give us a side story about Duncan Dragon (a kid dragon introduced in the second story arc), and some less savory characters in the Fairyland universe. As usual, this series is endlessly entertaining and boundlessly creative. If a comedic series about a girl trapped in Fairyland sounds entertaining, or you’re a Scottie Young fan, you should check this series out.
Superman 44 is fun. This issue mostly focuses on Jon Kent (Superboy). We see his friend, Kathy again, and there’s a strange yet amusing side story about a Bizarro family similar to Superman’s own. I won’t spoil the rest, but this issue, and this series, is definitely worth picking up for those interested in a book that’s half superhero/ half family drama about Superman’s home life.
Also, the credits in Superman 44 are amusing, with “speakers” instead of writers, “vandal” instead of artist, and “bleacher” instead of colouring. Of course this happened during the Bizzaro world scene.