Because I’ve got this week off of work, I’m spending a few days at my parents house this week which in my mind, still translates as “home”. I was looking forward to the first week in a while where I’d be able to actually have the time to read multiple comics and not feel pressured for time. So how many comics did I pick up today? A grand total of one. And that was on my maybe list too. Thankfully there are a couple new titles beginning in the next few weeks that I plan on checking out, but the last while has been really thin on comics I actually want to pick up.
Anyway, I picked up Vampirella 1 today. I also read Supergirl 32 and Star Wars 68 from the last couple of weeks. I also glanced through Age of X-Man Omega and Uncanny X-Men 22. Age of X-Man looked ok, but as someone who hasn’t been reading the event, I had no idea what’s going on. Uncanny X-Men 22 looks dreadful, with several more needless deaths in a series full of them. It makes me glad I quickly dropped that series. Also, I saw Toy Story 4 and Spider-Man Homecoming yesterday, and I’ll probably post reviews for both of them by Friday. I’ve already written my Toy Story 4 post. Long story short though, I thought they were both good.
Anyway, here are my first impressions for the comics I’ve read in the last couple of days.
Star Wars 68 is fun. It kicks off Greg Pak’s run on the series, after Kieron Gillen’s departure in the previous issue. The empire is launching probes to find the hidden Rebel base (which isn’t quite on Hoth yet). In response, the main trilogy gang is split up for multiple missions at the same time. C-3P0 and Chewie planning on blowing up an uninhabited, very unstable planet to destroy a large fleet of Empire cruisers. Luke is meant to lure another group of Empire ships to a false Rebel base. And of course Han and Leia’s mission is to gather information. All three groups quickly run into complications. Some complications carry moral implications, while others just require an alternate plan. I will miss Gillen’s run because it was consistently brilliant, but Pak does have potential and this is off to a good start. This is worth checking out for Star Wars fans.
Supergirl 32 is great. Supergirl and Superboy are working together to track down and defeat some of the conspirators behind the destruction of Krypton. They work very well as a team, and there’s some good action behind it. There isn’t much else to say without spoiling the story, because the very nature of this story relies on major reveals from the previous issue. I’m not a fan of the way that Bendis’s run altered the history of Krypton and its destruction, but the Supergirl series has done the best it can with it, while also giving Supergirl some great character development and some good new side characters. Throwing in a team-up with Superboy is just a bonus to an already consistently strong series. This is worth checking out.
Vampirella 1 is fun, and I’m kind of glad I decided to check it out. After being the apparent sole survivor of a plane crash, with no injuries to boot, Vampirella is sent to a Trauma expert. It’s an amusing interview where she explains what she is and what happened, and he just thinks she’s crazy. There’s some great action mixed in, as well as some well thought out allegories. I wasn’t a fan of the previous Vampirella run – it was way too out there for its own good. So far, this is off to a great and much more grounded start.