Batgirl

Batgirl #11

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Eh. I wasn’t crazy about the “Son Of Penguin” story – which I said last issue. So I’m glad it’s over. I do like this series. I don’t want to sound too negative. It’s just the story arc I wasn’t crazy about. It looked nice, this issue. And the writing was fine. I’m ready to see Babs go on to some other more interesting adventure now, though.

Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #8

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Yes! I mean, I love this series so no surprise – but I loved this issue. What’s great about Renew Your Vows is that it balances the action of a superhero comic with the drama of, well, a drama comic (?) totally perfectly. So in this issue we’ve got Spidey and MJ fighting Mysterio; MJ worrying about her relationship with Peter; and THEN we get MJ wearing the symbiote suit known as Venom. Oh, and she’s keeping this a secret from Peter because she feels bad that she drains his power to be a superhero and she wants to pull her own weight… for the better of their marriage. This is such great writing. It’s like the superhero stuff is awesome, but it’s also there as sort of this analogy on the stress and anxiety of marriage and family life. Brilliant stuff. Love it.

The Avengers

The Avengers #8

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The story here was cool. It wrapped up the events of the last issue – which wasn’t great – and also tied into the old “.1” issues which I loved. Avenger X is awakened and goes on a spree of destruction, sucking the Avengers’ powers one by one. Eventually it’s up to Wasp and Doom to get rid of her. I enjoyed it.

Now for the negative… I hate the artwork. I feel bad saying that, but it’s true. I just find it so muddy and, I don’t know. It feels like it belongs in a kids’ comic or something. I’m kind of bummed that the tie in to Waid’s throwback story was done so using THIS art. Ugh.

Elektra

Elektra #4

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Such a mixed bag, this “mini-series.” I love the Elektra character. I think the art’s great. The action is great. But I feel like the writing goes back and forth. My biggest issue is that I find Arcade and Screwball to be pretty uninteresting enemies. Don’t get me wrong – the whole Murderland thing – with people betting on it and all that, is a good setup. But I don’t know. I’m not too jazzed with the story.

I think I’d be alright with it had it not been for Screwball. As a big video game fan, you’d think that the little references would make me grin. But no. They feel really forced to me.

Maybe I’m just being cynical. I kind of wish that Elektra had been given a better story to start a new series with. Maybe we’d get to see more issues than just the five we’re going to get.

X-Men

X-Men: Blue #3

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So good. So so good. I’m just catching up on Blue right now, so I’m a couple issues behind. But I love this series so far. It and Jean’s solo book are the only ResurrXion books that have really grabbed me. But outside of Generation X, that’s about what I expected.

In this issue, the new old X-Men team meet a group of friendly Sentinels. Yup, you heard me. But it turns out to be Bastion who has assembled them. His goal? To help mutants flourish again… so that there are more of them for him to kill. Sounds about right.

The art is excellent here. Especially those flashbacks? Whoo! Combined with Bunn’s spot-on writing, this truly reminds me of reading X-Men as a kid in the early 90’s. Which is pretty much exactly what I want out of an X-Men book right now.

Batgirl

Batgirl #10

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This one was alright. I don’t know. I’m not necessarily crazy about this Son Of The Penguin stuff. Maybe because I’m not a big social media guy, this story just isn’t grabbing me all that much.

The stuff with the real Penguin was kind of cool. He and Batgirl meet up and are talking about his son and this gets on film so it looks like they are in cahoots. And then Nightwing shows up later so maybe that’ll get alright.

I guess if I think about it I liked more of this issue than I didn’t. And I actually really like the Batgirl character. It’s just the story arc itself that isn’t entirely interesting to me.

Batman

Batman #25

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Well that was pretty great!

I’ve been jumping in and out of the current Batman series for a while now. Usually picking up specific issues for some certain reason and then bailing again. But with this issue starts the eight-part “War Of Jokes And Riddles” story which seems super intriguing.

Basically, The Riddler tells The Joker that he realizes that if either of them kill Batman, the other would lose out on the satisfaction. It becomes clear that they’d sooner kill each other than let the other kill Batman. And so begins the war.

The story is dark and violent – and evidently a flashback to sometime before the series itself being recounted by Bruce Wayne. I’m definitely settling in to see how this diversion plays out.

#1 · Spider-Man

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

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I’ll be the first to admit that we don’t need ANOTHER Spider-Man series. Right? I mean The Amazing Spider-Man has been running strong for almost thirty issues now. And then there’s Renew Your Vows, which is fantastic. And Spidey has a book with Deadpool that’s been going strong for a while. Not to mention all the spin-off Spiderverse stuff out there. So yeah, we don’t need this series.

But this first issue is definitely promising. I’ve gotta say that it is a lot of fun.

I’m kind of on the fence about its reason for existing. Even the editor himself mentions that it’s kind of meant as a jumping on point for prospective new fans that’ll be looking for something to read after Homecoming hits the theaters next month. So is that kind of crass? I don’t know. Maybe.

But again. It’s a fun new series. It opens with Johnny f’ing Storm telling Peter that he doesn’t need to tell (us) his original story again. Now that’s a good introduction! ¬†And it’s got some other nice cameos already like Ant-Man and Falcon. And the writing is brisk and fun and full of little throwbacks and inside jokes for Spider-fans. The art carries its weight as well. And I’m pretty sure anything with Jordie Bellaire’s name on it is going to be easy on the eyes.

So y’know what? I’m gonna give it a fair chance. Because really I was having trouble getting into the main book anyway. So why not?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #70

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This wraps up the “Desperate Measures” storyline – which would be the Volume 17 trade paperback of this series that started in 2011, if you can believe it. This issue was a solid end to the story that’s been going on the last few issues involving the Mutanimals. I really liked seeing the Turtles and Mutanimals and everyone working together as this new clan.

The ending of the issue was legit. There was a big showdown versus Dark Water and it ended in some rather violent and surprising ways. Good prevailed and yet there’s still no clear closure. This was a victory in battle, not in war. And I continue to enjoy this main TMNT series.

Jean Grey

Jean Grey #2

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As as I said after reading #1, I kind of wish that this series wasn’t about Phoenix. I’d prefer a Jean Grey solo story that doesn’t have to rehash that one. But at the same time, I can’t deny that they’re keeping it fairly original here. It seems like this is a story about fate. About thrashing against the inevitable. Maybe it’s a story about dealing with letting go and learning to take things as they come. Maybe it’s a story about anxiety.

Maybe I’m reading too much into it – as I admit I can be guilty of doing so. Ultimately, this isn’t the Jean Grey book I asked for. But it’s still interesting enough for me to keep reading. And besides, I’m just glad she has her own solo book right now. I want to support that.