I am so looking forward to next month from a comics perspective, and not just for NaNoWriMo. I’m barely picking up anything lately, and there are multiple reasons for that. One, I don’t like the general direction that Superman is going under Brian Michael Bendis’s writing. Two, the X-Men books are currently in a form of limbo while waiting for the relaunch of Uncanny next month. Three, several titles I’ve been reading just ended earlier this month. That leaves me with two comics to pick up today, and nothing on next week’s pull list.
Anyway, I picked up X-Men Red 9 and the Red Sonja Halloween Special today. I also picked up the first issue of the current Captain America series, partly because I’ve heard it’s good, and partly because if I like it, I’ll have the rest of the issues up to this point to pick up next week. Because Captain America 1 is several months old though, I won’t be looking at it in this post. Anyway here are my first impressions.
X-Men Red 9 is good. This issue focuses mostly on Jean Grey trying to rescue Rachel Gray from Cassandra Nova’s control. There are several nice moments with the other team members offering help, even though Jean is insistent on doing this alone. One particular moment shows that Gabby of all people may understand what Jean’s gone through more than most. Jean’s plan is also quite clever. The quality in this series goes up and down a bit, but this particular issue is an easy recommendation for Jean Grey fans. That said, I’m not enjoying this series nearly as much as I thought I would, and there are multiple reasons for that which I don’t have space time to explain in this paragraph.
The Red Sonja Halloween Special is fun. There are two stories, one featuring a creepy story involving ghosts, a werewolf and the spirit of Kulan Gath. In some ways this story feels like a normal Red Sonja story. That’s not a complaint. The second is a short but sweet story where Sonja saves a girl from a possible sacrifice, and then offers her some advice. The advice is for her to carry a sword. It’s an enjoyable little bonus story behind a great Halloween special. This is definitely worth picking up for Red Sonja fans.