So, they started training me how to weld at work last Thursday. I guess if they’re willing to invest the time to do that, I have no reason to worry about my job security for the foreseeable future. So that’s good news. It’s also good news that I’m enjoying the job more than I thought I would. Also, I swam my first outdoor 200m butterfly this past Sunday (in a 50m pool). I even negative split the whole thing (going faster in the second half), and found just enough energy to sprint the last 10 meters or so. I didn’t swim a 400m individual medleys though – I can’t swim backstroke straight outside and the pool was too crowded to risk it. By the time the pool started clearing out, I didn’t have enough time for a 400m im, so I just swam a 200. But I’m pretty sure that overall, I swam more butterfly in that session than I ever have before.
Anyway, it’s time to talk about comics. This week, I picked up Star Wars: Poe Dameron 28, Cable 158 and Man Of Steel 4. I also glanced at the two X-Men Gold related comics, and that only re-assured me that I’m glad I dropped it a while back. Especially how the wedding special paired Marc Guggenheim with Greg Land. Anyway, here are my first impressions.
Star Wars; Poe Dameron 28 is good. It finishes summing up Poe’s adventures during The Force Awakens, while giving us a touch of what happened in the Millennium Falcon shortly after The Last Jedi ended. There’s a nice little moment showing Rey reading the ancient Jedi texts with C-3P0 helping as a translator. There’s also a brief moment where Finn shows concern for a still unconscious Rose, while Poe tries to re-assure him. The comic ends by teasing the next issue, which starts the story arc showing what’s going on with the rest of Black Squadron during the events of The Last Jedi. This comic, along with the previous two, are worth checking out if you’ve been enjoying the new Star Wars trilogy so far, even if you haven’t been reading this series.
Cable 158 is decent. As much as this story arc’s been an interesting look into different points in Cable’s life, it’s not making its villain, Metus, all that interesting. At least not for a reader like me who isn’t familiar with Metus. This issue features the original X-Force team, back when they were still young and training. The X-Force part of the comic is fun, especially when they fight against a Deadpool simulation who makes a lot of great jokes. And somehow this simulation breaks the fourth wall too. Not sure what else to say. It’s ok, but I’m kind of ready for this story arc to conclude.
The Man Of Steel 4 is alright. Since I didn’t get to MOS 2 or 3 in the last couple of weeks, I’ll sum up my thoughts with one sentence each. 2 is good, building on the story while giving us some action. 3 is just ok, with dramatic moments rushed over, and the only saving grace for me is that Supergirl shows up in the big fight. 4 is about the same as 3 – we still don’t know all that much about this very powerful threat or why he wants to “cleanse” the universe of Kryptonians. At this point I’m not sure if I’d recommend it, nor am I sure whether I’ll be picking up the 5th issue or not.
I must admit I’ve struggled to enjoy the Man of Steel mini-sereis. The pacing seems very slow and the story is dragging. Its not inspiring me for Bendis and his run on Action Comics and Superman at all really. I did really enjoyed Amazing Spider_Man #801 though, great, and rather moving final issue for Dan Slott.
Yeah, the first issue of Man Of Steel showed promise, but the series hasn’t lived up to that promise yet. At this point I’d recommend that you check out Super Sons instead. It’s still being written by Peter J Tomasi last I heard.
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Its a shame Man of Steel hasn’t lived up to its potential, at least not yet. Thanks Ive heard people say Super Sons is good as Tomasi is still writing it. Will have to check it out.
Cable just felt so filler-y. This arc could’ve been cut in half and nothing would’ve been lost. As for Metus, he’s a new villain. And we’ve still learned too little about him beyond “is techno-organic, hates Cable.” Feels like we should’ve learned a little more by now.
So I’m not the only one who’s completely lost? Good to know, but not a point in the comic’s favour.
I don’t feel lost, I mostly just feel bored. Who is Metus? Why should we care about him? We still don’t actually know any of this yet, and the arc’s damned near over.