Happy Halloween everyone.
I’m writing this post for two reasons. One, I picked up two new comics today, in addition to a couple back issues of Captain America. Two, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. As such, while I usually write full reviews for comics I pick up when I’m on mornings at work, I’m not doing that today. I actually booked my very first day off from work tomorrow, and I’ll be using it to get a good head start. Going to nap shortly after I read the Captain America comics, and I’ll wake up shortly before midnight to write a chapter or two. That’s how I roll.
The first book I’m writing this year is a sequel to the cyborg novel I wrote from last year. In the first book, the main character is an escaped experimental cyborg. He was built from a now cancelled military program that continued in the underground, and once he discovers that it’s been continued, he works to shut it down, to prevent others from suffering the way he did. In the second book, he must take down a fellow escaped cyborg who’s become a terrorist. I’ve got ideas for three other books, and I may choose one of them as a second project as I’m writing the first. Or I might instead edit a novel or two, and count the word difference between the first and second drafts, as well as around 30% of the original draft’s word counts.
Anyway, I picked up Extermination 4 and West Coast Avengers 3. Here are my first impressions.
West Coast Avengers 3 is fun. BRODOK (who is totally not MODOK) is angry over how suspicious Kate Bishops teem is towards him, so he sends a bunch of giants to attack the city. Yeah, that will totally help you win them over. This is an action heavy issue with a couple minor reveals and the kind of humour that makes writer Kelly Thompson’s material so entertaining. That’s all I have to say really.
Extermination 4 is good. This issue greatly expands on what’s going on with the story, while also providing some good action scenes. Young Cable’s motivations are fully explained and they make sense for a younger, brasher version of the character. That said, there are several characters on Jean Grey’s team that feel like their personalities and dialogue are way off. As for the slight shocker ending … all I’ll say is that it’ll be interesting to see how they move forward with it. Those who have enjoyed the teenaged original X-Men’s adventures should check this series out, and it’s also worth a look for those anticipating the Uncanny X-Men relaunch next month.
Hope you had a great Halloween as well 🙂
WCA is a lot of fun. Thompson and Caselli are having a blast, and it shows.
Extermination is good, as a plot-driven story. My problems with it are a matter of my taste skewing in favour of character-driven. Brisson does do some good stuff with X-Force.
I recommend X-Men Black: Emma Frost, and What If: Magik, both written by Leah Williams, because they are amazing one-shots that prove that Williams deserves to be writing a major ongoing X-title. Phenomenal comics.