This week’s comic post is delayed for several days because the nearest comic store is about 50km away from where I now live, and as much as I’d like to, I’m not going to drive all the way out there to pick up comics one day, when I’ve got Kung-Fu in the same town on Thursday evening. I might as well do both in one day and save money on fuel. I’ll still pick up comics on Wednesdays when I’m working evenings though. It’s also been a busy week up to this point and I haven’t found the time to read them until just now. As such, here is this week’s comic post.
This week I picked up Star Wars 67 and Captain America 11. Here are my first impressions.
Captain America 11 is great. It’s a prison breakout issue, where Captain America is forced to work along with criminals to escape a prison run by Von Strucker, a major villain who is pretending to go straight by running a supervillain prison. Meanwhile, Steve’s got allies on the outside not only to help prove his innocence, but to help him escape. This is a really intense issue, but with some great narrations by Steve to deepen the comic’s themes. This is darker than most Captain America runs, but in a way that works really well. Fans of the character should check this series out.
Star Wars 67 is also great. It concludes the Rebels’ attack on the Imperial mining planet Shu-Torum. Of course there’s a conflict within the rebels, with Leia’s group merely wanting to sabotage the planet, while the extremists from Jedha want to completely destroy it in an act of revenge. The Imperial officer bombarding the planet from above doesn’t make the situation any easier either. This issue ends up being a battle with four separate sides when it started off with two, showing growing pains in the Rebellion as well as a possible power struggle in the Empire. Without spoilers, the ending is not only satisfying for the Rebels, but kind of hilarious on the Empire’s side once Vader arrives. The last page is also clearly building towards the Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars fans should be reading this series.