This week I picked up two comics. Small pull lists like this seem to be getting more and more common for me these days. There just aren’t too many titles I’m getting excited about lately. I wasn’t a fan of Tom King’s Batman run, as much as it seemed to start off well. I don’t like the direction Brian Michael Bendis is taking Superman. I hated Uncanny X-mem 11 and 12 enough that I’m no longer touching that series. I’ve read a couple issues of Age of X-Man, and while they were better, they weren’t good enough for me to pick them up just yet – I’ll trade wait. The new Witchblade series isn’t exciting me at all. I’m even starting to fall behind on titles I enjoyed, including the current Amazing Spider-Man run, Avengers, and the Super Sons miniseries that I completely lost track of, missing issues 2-6. Everything I just listed make up my favourite comic franchises.
The comics I did pick up are Fantastic Four 7 and Captain America 8. Here are my first impressions.
Fantastic Four 7 is great. As much as I enjoyed the previous issue, I was a touch worried that it leaned too far towards a standard superhero comic, with a 3-way battle between the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom and Galactus. This issue brings forth several surprises, one being that for a time, Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four start working together. I won’t spoil how it ends, but it’s not a huge surprise. This feels like a good mix between superhero action and the sense of discovery the Fantastic Four are known for. That makes this an easy recommendation for FF fans.
Captain America 8 is great. The Captain turned himself in at the end of the previous issue, after being falsely accused of murdering Thunderbolt Ross. This issue shows the captain in his prison, while his allies are searching for answers. Meanwhile, the Captain’s enemies are making their move towards what appears to be some sort of power grab. There’s a lot of storytelling in this issue, yet there’s enough action to balance it out. This is turning out to be a really well-written series so far, and it’s worth checking out for Captain America fans. My only complaint is that the Daughters of Liberty introduced in the previous issue really don’t get much to do in this issue.