NaNoWriMo is going better than I thought it would. Despite working a full-time job this year, I’m on track to finishing with another 200k words by November 30th. That’s mostly because I’m taking pretty much all of my time off this month (no travel plans due to a confusing year in general), but still, I didn’t expect to write this much.
The comics I picked up this week include Uncanny X-Men 2, West Coast Avengers 4, Mr. and Mrs. X 5 and Star Wars 57. Here are my first impressions. Like last week, I’m probably going to write a review for either Uncanny X-Men 2 or Mr. and Mrs. X 5 after work tonight. This might be something I’ll continue doing for the foreseeable future. If I do write the review or two, they’ll be added in a link below.
West Coast Avengers 4 is fun. It concludes the fight between Kate Bishop’s team and BRODOK’s (MODOK) small army of giants. I’m not really sure what else to say about this one. If you enjoyed Kelly Thompson’s Hawkeye series, you’ll likely enjoy this one as well.
Mr. and Mrs. X 5 is great. The struggle for the fate of Xavier’s half-Shi’ar daughter concludes in this issue. There are a couple minor reveals, some great dramatic moments between Gambit and Rogue, and a bit of intense, entertaining action. Rogue’s powers change in a dramatic way that will make things interesting in the issues to come. Of the three Kelly Thompson related books I picked up this week (West Coast Avengers and Uncanny X-Men being the other two), this is easily the best. Although I’m pretty sure Thompson wasn’t the lead writer in today’s Uncanny. Anyway, this series is an easy recommendation for Rogue and Gambit fans.
Star Wars 57 is good. With the main heroes stranded on a planet that seems relatively peaceful at first glance, they need to figure out how to pass the time. This is a great comic overall, but save for starring Luke, Han and Leia, and a couple references to the Death Star and the Clone Wars, this kind of doesn’t feel like a Star Wars comic. Maybe that’s intentional, and maybe it’ll change in the next couple of issues, but that’s why I’m not calling this story great just yet. Still, this is worth checking out if you’ve been enjoying Kieron Gillen’s Star Wars run so far.