Guardians of the Galaxy #27
I take it that this is the last issue before it goes on vacation for Secret Wars. In which case it’s a rushed, sloppy, and pointless issue that provides nothing like a satisfying stopping point and demonstrates the abject stupidity of wasting this book in a bad crossover during the lead-in.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #12
Love the opening section, which is another fantastic set of Bowie riffs. The subsequent sections kind of stall for time before eventually resolving into a neat cliffhanger. But very much a filler issue, I fear.
Loki: Agent of Asgard #14
I find that Ewing’s Loki stories tend to start slow for me and then work themselves out later in the plot, so I’m sure this will pick up for me, but I found almost every section dealing with Odin a bit of a drag. Part of this is just that I don’t much like Marvel’s Odin, but it’s also a place where the Secret Warsness of it doesn’t really hold together, as this book seems to be pursuing a different apocalypse than the rest of the Marvel Universe. Loki and Verity are always great though.
Not sure why an ending book needs a .1 issue, but as filler fluff goes, not bad. Unconvinced of the merit or necessity of the second story, but the first one is a solid Daredevil story. Oh, wait. We just had the TV series. That’s why there’s a .1 issue. In any case, fun.
Ultimate End #1
Interesting. This serves as the first bit of Secret Wars to show us Manhattan, and turns out to be a fairly integral chunk of the plot, at least on first inspection. Certainly there’s more 616 than I expected. And really, it’s nice to have a tie-in mini that would have been perfectly justifiable as an event in its own right.
Uncanny X-Men #34
Oh boy. I can’t wait for the next issue. When’s it coming out? Oh. October.
More seriously, good issue. Basically a Dazzler one-shot. There are not enough comics featuring Dazzler. Really impressed with Anka’s art too. Nice, clean storytelling. The denouement of Bendis’s X-Men run has been completely fucked by the release schedule, but it’s also been good stuff.
No concessions to accessibility. None. But it’s hard not to love its sheer lack of compromise. I’m not even sure I have a detailed opinion; lord knows I neither followed nor remember the first arc of Trees well enough to even quite pin down who the characters here are. And yet I enjoyed it, simply because looking at something this smart and well-done is pleasurable. Just as sitting down with it all when it’s done will be.
Smart, accessible, and it has Miss America Chavez to boot. This is apparently not just a Secret Wars book, although its initial premise is very much grounded in that, and I have to admit, I’m excited for it. Excellent jumping on point, even if you’re not following the crossover. Very much recommend checking this out.