This post is three days later than I originally intended, but I needed a bit of a break after the chaos that was last weekend. Because it’s so late, I’m not going to bother talking about last week’s comics either. Anyway, this week I picked up House of X 6, Fantastic Four 15 and Red Sonja 9. Here are my first impressions.
House of X 6 gives us a much clearer picture of where the X-Men will be in the near future than the first few issues. It firmly establishes a new status quo for the franchise, and it’s one that actually feels fresh. This miniseries still has the flaw of being way too plot focused, with very little characterization, but the writing is overall very good. There are some fascinating ideas. Now it’s just a matter of seeing where these ideas go. I haven’t yet decided which X-Men titles I’ll be picking up, but I’ll probably be capping it at three. This miniseries is at least worth a read for X-Men fans, but whether you enjoy it enough to buy may depend on your personal tastes.
Fantastic Four 15 is fun. The Fantastic Four reach the destination they originally planned to visit way back on the voyage where the cosmic rays first gave them their powers. What they find is a bit of a unique situation, where their arrival was seemingly foretold. That’s all I’m saying, because saying more would spoil the fun. This is worth checking out for Fantastic Four fans.
Red Sonja 9 is good. This issue mostly focuses on the politics going in at this point in the series. The invasion of Hyrkania is not going well for Red Sonja’s forces. Her army is all but defeated, there’s a coup going on with the intention of surrendering to the invading empire, and Sonja herself is stuck in a strange city for most of this. What started off as a really fun series is getting fairly dark, but it’s still well done. This issue didn’t feel all that special, but this series as a whole is definitely worth checking out for Sonja fans.