I had a dentist checkup appointment early today, after working until 11. Hence the late comics post. After I move, these late posts will probably become more and more common, especially on weeks that I’m working mornings. That’s because the town I’m moving to doesn’t have its own comic shop, and I’m not going to drive all the way to my current shop one day, when I’m coming into town the very next day for Kung-Fu anyway. That just sounds like a waste of time and gas.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include X-23 11 and Supergirl 29. I also picked up the last two issues of Star Wars, which I happened to miss, but I haven’t read them yet. My pile of comics I haven’t read yet is growing bigger and bigger, part of the reason I’m cutting back a lot lately. With all the house hunting I was doing and all of the moving preparations I still need to do, I just can’t find the time to read everything I want to read. Same goes for all the video games I’m falling behind on. Anyway, here are my first impressions.
X-23 11 is good. This issue is mainly about Laura and Gabby splitting up, caused by a rift that began in the previous issue. The dramatic side of this comic is well-written, and you can feel the mixed emotions when the clone sisters start arguing. That said, Laura’s actions during the action scene feel a bit out of character. Her entire mission in this series is to stop evil scientists from experimenting on people to create weapons. She’s particularly worried about more clones of herself. Yet when both she and Gabby smell evidence of another X-23 clone, Laura tries to leave instead of at least checking it out. She could have at least quickly glanced at whatever the source of the smell was before evacuating the building. It just felt off. Still, this is one of the better issues in a series that’s been up and down in quality lately.
Supergirl 29 is pretty good. This issue starts off feeling like a downtime issue, with Supergirl trying to assemble all the clues she’s gathered so far, while her new ally, Z’ndr, is trying to build up the courage to admit that his adoptive mother wants Supergirl dead. It’s a good mix of exposition and drama. Towards the end of the issue, it turns into an intense action scene with a fairly intense cliffhanger ending. This is definitely worth checking out for Supergirl fans.