[Review] Comics Released 10/31/12

Hiya gang! I return from my long exile a changed man. A better man. A man who isn’t two months behind on comics. (Seriously, don’t ever get wicked behind on comics because it’s damn near impossible to catch up.) I’ll never leave you for this long ever again. Now to business. Marvel has been wrapping up its’ books and the AvX crossover event to prepare for the Marvel NOW! reboot/relaunch/revamp. DC just recently finished up its’ first year since the brandwide reboot, with some titles getting cancelled and new ones jumping in to pick up the slack. All in all it’s a great time to be a comic book fan. This week was a bit light on the releases so I picked some issues that came out in the past 2 weeks or so. Anyways hit the jump for a list of releases and this week’s picks!

List of releases for 10/31:

Action Comics Annual #1
American Vampire #32
Aquaman #13
Batgirl Annual #1
Batman Beyond Unlimited #9
Ghosts #1 (One Shot)
Joe Kubert Presents #1
Justice League Dark Annual #1
Lot 13 #1
New Deadwardians #8
Phantom Lady #3
Swamp Thing Annual #1

A+X #1
Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1
AvX Consequences #4
Captain Marvel #6
Hit-Girl #4
Mighty Thor #22
New Mutants #50
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16.1
Ultimate Comics X-Men #18
Winter Soldier #12
Wolverine And The X-Men #19
X-Men Legacy #275


A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1

Let me just preface this by saying this is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen in a comic book. Imagine little kids pretending to be super heroes in a playground, then actually give them super powers. The art, which reminds me of Calvin & Hobbes for some reason (especially with Baby Cap looking an awful lot like Calvin), had me laughing at every panel. I think Baby Cyclops may be the only version of Cyke that I enjoy, and that’s saying a lot. Even if you don’t usually read comics, I highly recommend you go out and get this issue. For the cuteness if nothing else.

AvX Consequences #4

Cyclops is imprisoned and the X-Men that sided with him are splintered and on the run. It’s interesting to see the character Cyclops has become over the years. Once a poster child for the Xavier way of thinking, he now resembles nothing less than the heir apparent to his oldest adversary, Magneto. Speaking of which, Magneto, as always, shows why the argument can be made for him being the greatest character Marvel has ever written. My esteemed coworker, Christophber Hadlock, wrote a piece explaining the history of Magento, and the amazing way he is written.  If you liked the AvX event, you have to pick this up to bridge the gap between its’ end and the beginning of the Marvel NOW! relaunch.


Batman #13

The one character that has been missing from the Bat-universe since the New 52 started has been the Joker. That all changes with this issue, which is the giant welcome back party for the Crown Prince of Crime. This isn’t the joker most of us know. The writers seem to be basing this iteration of the Joker on a more crazed version than we’ve seen before. Even Batman notices there’s something darker about the Joker. This Joker seems to be based slightly on Heath Ledger’s performance from the film, The Dark Knight, but angrier and more evil. There is one scene in particular that gave me the heebiest of jeebees. The writing team seems determined to start the second year of the New 52 on the right foot, and I’m excited for what comes next .


Marvel NOW! Point One #1

This is one of the older issues on this list and is Marvel’s jumping off point for their Marvel NOW! relaunch, which seems to be Marvel’s response to DC’s success with their New 52 reboot. I always enjoy when comics pack multiple stories into one issue. It also doesn’t hurt that all the stories included here are extremely interesting and focus on characters that are either brand new or have been been on the backburner for a bit.  New teams, new books, and new creative teams are all coming our way so get ready. If you haven’t read any Marvel comics in a while or ever, this is the issue to get you back in the swing of things.


Team 7 #1

This is one of the New 52’s new additions and probably its most ambitious. The roster of Team 7 is a who’s who of characters from other books including Grifter, Black Canary, and Deathstroke. Team 7 aims to explore the history of all these characters and what makes them tick today. Within the first couple of pages they get shot down, a team member botches a jump out of a plane and nearly dies, there’s a giant explosion, and the team gets within seconds of killing each other. I don’t know if the creative team can keep up this level of tension over a long period of time, but I’m willing to stick it out and see.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16.1

I’m a fan of Miles Morales and the way the character is being handled. It parallels Peter Parker’s story close enough that you feel like you already know it, but it’s different enough so that you’re always looking forward to the next issue. I want to say straight off that this isn’t a Miles-heavy issue. J. Jonah makes an appearance that while brief will be powerful. There’s also the return of one of Spider-Man’s biggest villains, and they come back with a vengeance. Just go out and get this already.

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