Comics Reviews (July 22nd, 2015)
From worst to best of what I bought. Which, erm, wasn’t much.
Old Man Logan #3
This is increasingly just becoming a case of “old Wolverine wanders plotlessly through a variety of Battleworld realms,” which… is actually a genuinely awful premise for a comic, and I’m not sure why Marvel has decided to waste such talented creators on it. Within the confines of this there are some good moments; the scene with Boom Boom is absolutely lovely. But the overall package is astonishingly pointless.
Uncanny X-Men #35
A fun little issue that would have been quite pleasant had this denouement come at the pace Bendis wrote it for, but that is infuriating wheel-spinning at the pace this is actually playing out. I believe we’re three months now til the next issue of this? Stupid. In any case, a charming Goldballs-centric issue, and I continue to like Bendis’s take on the X-Men, not least because I’m seemingly dropping the line in All-New All-Different Marvel.
Loki: Agent of Asgard #16
This ends up salvaging the week, with one of the most Norse-feeling takes on Norse mythology that Marvel has done. I’m fascinated by the way in which Loki, over the course of this run, has been reconstituted so many times that they’re only sort of a singular character anymore, instead becoming, quite literally, a narrative force. With apocalypses all around, and Secret Wars really just being used as an excuse for one, the honing in towards a definitive statement on What Loki Is makes for genuinely interesting reading – I’m eager to see how this resolves next issue, which is more than I can say for a lot of Marvel right now, where I’m increasingly more interested in what’s next than what’s actually going on now.
July 22, 2015 @ 4:07 pm
yeah, this was a pretty nothing week. did you give up 'Weirdworld'?
July 22, 2015 @ 4:22 pm
Yeah, both it and E for Extinction did not impress with their first issues, and so were dropped.
July 22, 2015 @ 7:16 pm
Didn't the last issue of Fables come out this week? I actually think the idea of having the last issue be the last trade so everybody gets it at once is neat in theory, but the execution and communication of the idea fell through horribly.
July 22, 2015 @ 7:43 pm
Did it? I didn't see it on the racks. I bet that screwed a lot of people's pulls actually.
July 22, 2015 @ 8:04 pm
No idea if it actually showed up, but I've seen the release date given as today on a couple sites. It's not up for sale on Comixology yet, but Comixolgy has the release date as next Tuesday, not Wednesday. So who knows at this point.
I should probably call my store tomorrow, check that a) it's out, and b) they pulled it for me.
July 23, 2015 @ 6:00 am
A fun little issue that would have been quite pleasant had this denouement come at the pace Bendis wrote it for, but that is infuriating wheel-spinning at the pace this is actually playing out.
Since I read X-Men in UK reprint form, I suspect I'll get a better deal out of this. Just not for a year or so…
July 23, 2015 @ 6:52 am
It's definitely out. Saw it at my local yesterday.
July 23, 2015 @ 6:53 am
Are you not following All-New Hawkeye?
July 23, 2015 @ 11:06 pm
I was shocked, literally shocked, to see a review for Uncanny X-Men which mentioned that X-Men #600 was not out yet. I felt certain that it must have come out already months ago and I just missed it. It is astonishing that they would time the 600th issue of what was at one point /the/ flagship Marvel title so that it is completely lost amidst a company-wide reboot.
July 24, 2015 @ 8:48 pm
Got it today, but not at my regular store, which had missed that the trade was the regular issue. The 2nd store had also missed that, but was waiting on reorders to fill box customers and selling the first order first come first served; so I got their last one.
I think the promo on this was a complete disaster, from what little I'm seeing at local stores. Nobody seemed to have known what was going on before it came out.