Pick of the Week:
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy No. 1 was a very satisfying story with equally excellent art. I enjoyed the fake Galactus used for their heist and it made me wonder why no one thought of it sooner. I also loved that the mystery surrounding Groot’s current form wasn’t drawn out too long.
Extremity No. 3 truly impressed with the character of Shiloh. He reminds me of a mix of Project Zeta and Johnny Five (Short Circuit) in that he was created for destruction but wants to move away from his destructive instinct. His grief/anguish/pain over being “forced” to end lives again was so tangible.
Jean Grey No. 1 was a delight to see Jean on her own and away from her “brothers.” She handled herself well against the Wrecking Crew. I am slightly sick of the Phoenix from AvX but I am curious to see what the creative team does with it.
Nova No. 6 explained what exactly happened with Rider in the Cancerverse and also revealed what happened to the World Mind. You can understand the World Mind’s feeling of betrayal and the motivation behind Rider’s decision.
Nightwing No. 20 continues to be the best Bat Book out there. Shawn’s interaction with Deathwing, Deathwing comes to terms with what he did, Richard and Damien’s brotherly banter, the creative team hits some many marks with uncanny accuracy.
Spider-Gwen No. 19 revealed that Norman is a crappy father in almost every dimension. I must say that Matt Murdock, Kingpin of Crime is an interesting and delightfully cunning character.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy No. 1 reminds me of vintage dimension hopping Excalibur and the quirky parts of Marvel UK.
Iron Fist No. 3 still feels like every fighting game in the vein of Street Fighter/Mortal Kombat/Fatal Fury etc.
Black Bolt No. 1 reminds me of Planet Hulk in the sense that Black Bolt’s devastating voice is taken out of the equation and he is forced to adapt and be cunning.
TMNT No. 69 impressed me with this iteration of Bishop and I love how Mondo Gecko was utilized.
Youngblood No. 1 is another example of a great reboot of a Liefeld franchise. It has a strong start.
Champions No. 8 loved the Viv and VIsion’s interaction. It is interesting to see Vision in a continued paternal role.
Poe Dameron No. 14 reminds me of Lucas’ handling of great villains minus being cut in two or being swallowed by a giant worm thingie.
Spider-Man No. 16 had a touching heart-to-heart with Miles and Rio, part of me is irked that they removed Rio figuring out who Miles was and supporting.
Spider-Man Deadpool No. 17 surprised me a bit that Pete is willing to take a life and exhausted all possible outcomes.
Savage Things No. 3 continues to have a Dexter meets Buddy Cop drama vibe.
The Unstoppable Wasp No. 5 surprised what an Alfred foil/support Jarvis has become for Nadia.
The Burn Pile:
Many books were extra meh but nothing worth burning or mentioning.
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