Thursday, February 7, 2013

Resident Troll: Thoughts on All New X-Men #7, Fearless Defenders #1 and Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine's Day Special #1

If you're like me, there are basically two days in your week. Wednesday and Not Wednesday. When it's not Wednesday, I'm not getting new comics, so I don't really care about the six other days. Yesterday happened to be Wednesday, which meant a few comics I planned to read came out... and here's what I though.

ALL NEW X-MEN #7: As the cover shows, Mystique appears in this issue. Personally, I don't really care that much about her, but that's more because I don't know that much about her. Let's talk about the cover, though. It's a pretty good indicator of what happens in this issue, unlike how certain comic covers can be grossly misleading (coughredhoodandtheoutlaws13cough, what? No, I'm not still upset about that). In all honesty, it seems like issue #7 is setting up for something grander, which isn't a surprise considering how we're earlier in the current arc.

I also want to mention that I love how Bendis writes Kitty Pryde. I definitely trust him with the character, which can't be said for other writers. It's fun to see her boss around those who once told her what to do. Perhaps my only problem with this issue is young!Scott, but I'm always going to have an issue with Scott Summers because he's never been interesting until post AvX. I'm just sick of seeing him mope around--and although he certainly has reason--it's getting annoying. I'm not quite sure how I like Wolverine much in this issue as well, but it also might've been due to certain confusions earlier in the issue.

THE FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1: Another Marvel NOW! title, and a new one at that. I know nothing about these characters, and was hoping to learn more about them. I found out enough to get through the issue. Overall the issue was okay. Maybe a little less than that. Currently, I'm not a big fan of the dialogue. The way Valkyrie and Misty talk is not all that natural, and the little jokes seem very obviously set up. The way the characters are brought together is a little too convenient, and not at all creative.

There was also one of those obvious fan-service moments, in which two girls kiss. In the middle of a battle. Not really the smartest thing to do coming from a character that you would think was intelligent.

All in all, I wouldn't say it's a must-have. The Fearless Defenders #1 is decent, perhaps better suited for someone more into a campy and seemingly unintelligent book. At least it's pretty, though.
YOUNG ROMANCE: THE NEW 52 VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL #1: SURPRISE GUYS. This was bad. As the cover states, there are six stories featuring characters of the DC universe, and the only one remotely worth reading is Nightwing's. Maybe Batgirl's, but that's a maybe. The entire time I was reading the one-shot for Catwoman, I was going Ann Nocenti, what the hell are you doing? I really wish I could read Catwoman, but... ugh. It's so bad, makes no sense.

There was a short with Apollo and Midnighter, two characters I'm honestly not familiar with. It was still bad, and the artwork had an interesting character to it. Honestly, though, it wasn't quite my style. I won't go out and say it was bad, though. Just the writing. At least there's some LGBT influence in this book? Perhaps the only good thing?

We're not going to talk about how much sense the one-shot for Superman and Wonder Woman made. Because it made no fucking sense.

TL;DR: don't waste your time/money on this one.

And there we have it. I'm going to try to do these on a vague frequency, so maybe look forward to some more thoughts next week!

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