During my week off of work last week, I finally managed to clean up my place enough to host a bit of a housewarming party. I’m not unpacked everything of course – in fact I don’t have enough shelving to unpack everything, but I’m getting there. That’s also why I’m not quite ready to post my final “adventures in home ownership” post just yet. I am however going to finally post my next DreamWorks movie entry later on tonight, after almost a year of leaving it on the backburner.
Also, this past week at work has been the weirdest week of my entire professional career. That’s not a complaint mind you. But I worked with 6 different teams, learning 5 new jobs with 4 completely different kinds of products between 3 different departments, with two different break schedules, all in one week. It’s been kind of fun to explore the company a bit, and pretty much everyone I worked with was nice and welcoming, but I do look forward to things hopefully returning back to normal next week.
Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include House of X 1, Valkyrie: Jane Foster 1 and Star Wars 69. Here are my first impressions.
House of X 1 is … interesting. I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this comic after one reading, and I might not even be sure how to feel after a second reading, but at the least it’s got some interesting ideas. It feels like a bold new direction for the X-Men, and it’s a franchise that desperately needs one after three different extinction arcs within the last 10 years. There’s also some great dialogue, and there’s clearly a big story that writer Jonathan Hickman has in mind. This is at least worth a read for X-Men fans in general, but for now I say read it before you buy it. I’ll also stick with this full miniseries to see where it goes, and possibly Powers of X as well.
Valkyrie: Jane Foster 1 is great. It kicks off Jane Foster’s turn as the last of the Valkyries with an entertaining fight against a new team of supervillain losers. The rest of the comic introduces us to a potentially intense story, explains everything we need to know about Jane Foster’s new abilities, and also touches on her difficulty with balancing her new role for Asgard and her Earthly life. There is a bit too much exposition for this comic’s own good, with some of it getting in the way of the action and the story, but overall this is off to a promising start.
Star Wars 69 is fun. It continues where the last issue left off, with the main trilogy heroes split into three teams working three different, yet somewhat connected, missions. Han and Leia rum into one of Leia’s old flames, and while he seems helpful at first, there’s the suggestion that he’s going to be a major problem as this story goes on. Luke’s adventure led him to someone else who seems to be searching for answers in the force, and Chewbacca and C-3P0 run into a major ethical problem with their sabotage mission, involving rock creatures that don’t show up on life scans. I know that’s a bit vague, but I don’t want to spoil this issue. It’s hard not to miss Kieron Gillen’s run, but Greg Pak is off to a good start with his first two issues. Star Wars fans should at least give this new run a chance, and they should make sure to pick up Gillen’s run.