By: Derek Ng
I’m going to be very honest…I haven’t read an X-Men issue in a long time. While knowing the general plot of the previous issues, I could never get interested enough to invest. With a giant sized anniversary 600th issue, where are the X-men headed? Was it worth the $5.99? This 600th issue brings Bendis’ run on X-Men to a nice conclusion. Loose ends are getting tied up while new plots are established. Packed with a colossal amount of talent behind this book, there’s a lot to read and enjoy. The artists all work really well together in this issue. Each time an artist is switched, it’s not intrusive to the reading experience. There’s a good flow to the art and every artist brings their best to the table. In terms of plot, “The Trail of Hank McCoy” is fairly engaging. I’ve been away from the X-Men for a long time and I really enjoyed this anniversary celebration. This issue isn’t action-packed, but a calm and quiet character study. Beast has done a lot of questionable things in the past couple of years. He’s brought the old X-Men to the present and basically destroyed the concept of time, joined the Illuminati, and has evolved to a more “beastly” form. Poor Hank just can’t catch a break. When confronted by his friends, all he can do is blame Cyclops. Cyclops has been the blame for all mutant problems for the past couple of years and the X-Men (and readers) are sick of hearing it. Beast, much like Tony Stark or Reed Richards, tries to prevent so many future possibilities that he loses touch with what’s current happening. All of this, of course, makes for an interesting read. Is Beast right? Will Cyclops actually commit mutant genocide? The anniversary issue is over and the future of the mutants looks bright. Uncanny X-Men #600 is worth checking out.
Star Wars #11
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Stuart Immonen
Star Wars is quickly becoming Marvel’s instant buy. We’re eleven issues in and Jason Aaron continues to impress. Every issue of Star Wars feels like a natural extension of the original trilogy. It feels like these are the stories we deserved to be told and Jason Aaron is graciously gifting them to us with some beautiful Stuart Immonen wrapping paper. It’s like rediscovering your favorite dessert. Remember that cool scene in Empire Strikes Back with all the bounty hunters? But you didn’t get to see any of them in action? Well now you can! Chewbacca battles the Bounty Hunter, Dengar (who?), and it’s a fight you won’t forget any time soon. Meanwhile, Luke continues to struggle with his lack of Jedi training and overconfidence. And then there is everyone’s favorite Han Solo trying to win the heart of Princess Leia. This issue is nonstop action in a very familiar Star Wars plot formula. And Stuart Immonen handles the action like a true (Jedi) master. His art is fluid enough to handle the huge fight scenes and the detailed character reflections. This issue is fun, it’s action-packed, it’s funny, and it’s nostalgic. Star Wars continues to be such a good comic and is a definite buy.
Detective Comics #46
Writer: Peter Tomasi | Artist: Marco Takara
Usually if there’s a DC Comic you can always trust, it’s Batman. That doesn’t necessarily mean Detective Comics, but issue #46 is extremely impressive. If you haven’t picked up an issue before, this might be the one you want to read, and if you haven’t liked Jim Gordon as Batman, you may now. I think what impressed me the most is that Detective Comics actually lived up to his name. Peter Tomasi wrote a detective story. The Justice League needed help solving a murder and, knowing that Jim Gordon is actually a detective (as well as Batman), it seemed fitting to ask for his advice. Jim Gordon struggles to find his place in the League while proving he’s just as important as any other member. While the Justice League is used to solving problems “bigger” than the average person can comprehend, Gordon brings his Average Joe perspective to solve the problems. The solution to complex problems are pretty simple once you have a different perspective. Artist Marco Takara continues his relatively new career on Detective Comics and impresses as much as Peter Tomasi’s plot. With a similar art style to Jock, Marco Takara fits this story and series nicely. Issue #46 is a buy in my book. The ending is especially nice. Kudos to the Detective Comics team!
Panel of the Week:
I don’t know why, but this line is so perfect. Come on, Luke! You’re embarrassing Vader!
There are many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
Derek is comic book fan like none other. You can follow him on Twitter.