I’m in a bit of a rush, so no introduction today. I picked up Powers of X 1, Fantastic Four 12, Captain America 12 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 96. Here are my first impressions.
Powers of X 1 is good. Most of the issue takes place in a future comparable to Days of Future Past (maybe even in the future of that event, or a similar event). It introduces some new characters along with older versions of existing characters, and it also gives us a Nimrod that seems to have developed a personality. It’s contrasted with a bit of “modern times” scenes where the mutants seem to be well off. It’s kind of hard to judge how this miniseries will be based on this issue alone, and the same could be said of House of X, but it’s at least off to an interesting start. This is worth checking out, but it may be worth reading before you buy.
Fantastic Four 12 is good. It focuses mostly on The Thing and Alecia’s honeymoon. The comic starts off trying to convince us that it’s going to be a relaxing honeymoon, yet the cover pretty much betrays that by telling us that The Hulk will get involved. However once that fight begins, it doesn’t take long to learn who is really behind this attack. I won’t spoil who is responsible for this Thing vs. Hulk fight, even if it’s not really a surprise. What we get is a fun comic that’s not necessarily unexpected or anything special, and a backup story about the Future Foundation that updates us on what’s going on with Julie Powers. Fans of the FF will likely enjoy this.
Captain America 12 is great. It focuses on the aftermath of the supervillain prison breakout. There’s some mystery building, but most of the comic focuses on Steve coming to terms with his public image and deciding to switch things up. We don’t get to see much of the villains in the shadows this issue, instead focusing on Nick Fury’s hunt and a vague look at what the Winter Soldier is working on. It’s a much needed downtime issue that still manages to build up some tension. This is a fantastic series about Captain America trying to restore his image after Hydra Cap tried to openly take over the world, and it’s well worth checking out for fans of the Cap.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 96 is great. This is part 4 of the City At War story arc, and apart from saying that Splinter is attacked by a major enemy within the Foot Clan, and there is a possible division sewn between the Ninja Turtles and Casey Jones, I shouldn’t say much without spoiling the fun. It’s impressive that 96 issues in, this series is still consistently fantastic, and there hasn’t been a weak issue yet. This series turned me into a TMNT fan when I was only casually interested in the past. If you’re a TMNT fan and you haven’t at least checked this series out, whether you normally read comics or not, you are making a mistake.