NaNoWriMo is coming up fast, yet I haven’t decided what I’m writing yet. That’s unusual for me; I usually decide months in advance. I’m not worried though. I’ve got 4 potential novels to write, and I’ll brainstorm this weekend enough to narrow it down to two. Since I usually write two full novels anyway, narrowing it down to two will be more than enough. Also, this past weekend I swam a 400m butterfly. I didn’t even plan on attempting it until I was about to finish my 200m butterfly, and I felt like I could just keep going. So I did, to see how far I could get. Admittedly it was in a 20m pool (much easier than the 50m pool I swam in all summer), but still … I’m kind of excited about that. Getting back to more regular gym workouts is already clearly improving my strength and endurance.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include X-23 5, Avengers 9 and Supergirl 23. Here are my first impressions, and if I write a review, it will be linked below.
Avengers 9 is alright. Although it gets heavy into the exposition again like the opening story arc, the exposition this time is at least narrated by Namor, while he’s in the middle of a battle with the Avengers. It works well enough and does a decent job at explaining Namor’s point of view. The action is also pretty good, with a couple amusing quips. That said, apart from the previous issue, this series really hasn’t impressed me all that much. I’ll give it one more issue to win me over, but I’m not putting my hopes up.
Supergirl 23 is good. Supergirl’s quest for answers only really gives her a vague direction in this issue, with a couple teasers. That said, the fight between her and the Green Lanterns is fun, and the civil dialogue between the Earth-based Green Lanterns and Kara does show a lot of mutual respect. I don’t like the direction that the Superman franchise is going under Bendis’s pen, but at least Supergirl’s series seems to be making the most of it. It’s at least worth a look for Supergirl fans, as well as Superman fans who want to know more about his Kryptonian cousin.