It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am throwing in the towel of doing full, giant-sized reviews of All-New X-Factor. I got hit with a lot of work at the end of this week, including those reviews of Teen Titans and Ultimate Spider-Man, and I took a long hard look at All-New X-Factor and decided that I just didn’t care enough anymore. I started the long-form reviews for X-Factor because it was my favorite comic starring my favorite character, but it has since become a shadow of its former self.
So from now on, let’s welcome All-New X-Factor to our Hench-Sized Reviews! I hope it finds the place a nice fit.
Beyond that new issue, this week brought an avalanche of good comics, some of which I had to simply skip right over due to time constraints. I really want to get back to reviewing Black Widow, and She-Hulk was really good again, but this week I had to focus on the first chapters of Original Sin and Futures End, the new Big Event comics from Marvel and DC.
Neither one is all that great, quite frankly.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Magneto #3, though I have a feeling that some of the comics still on my pile waiting to be read might be a little better. Still, out of the stack I managed to get done in time for reviews, Magneto was pretty cool.
Plus he’s got that starring role coming up in X-Men: Days of Future Past. So I want to be on his good side.
Comic Reviews: All-New X-Factor #7, Aquaman and the Others #2, Batman Eternal #5, Futures End #1, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #2, Magneto #3 and Original Sin #1.
We will soon live in a world where Aquaman has two ongoing series. It’s not a world where either one is written by Geoff Johns, buuuut we’ll just have to let that slide.
DC Comics announced yesterday the new series, Aquaman and the Others, to be written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by Lan Medina.
For those of you who don’t know, the Others are a new group created for DC’s recent relaunch. They are a group of people each entrusted with one of Atlantis’ ancient magical weapons, and Aquaman joined them for several adventures way back before the Justice League even formed. They’re not so much superheroes are just colorful people from around the world, like the Operative, a geriatric super-spy, or Prisoner-of-War, a hooded soldier carrying the souls of all his former comrades in his weapon. There’s also Ya’wara the jungle woman and Sky, who I don’t remember. Sadly, the coolest one, Vostok the cosmonaut, was killed.
Anyway, the series is going to be about some villain coming around to try and take their weapons – which was exactly the plot when the Others were introduced in the pages of Aquaman. I’m sure this time it’ll be better – I hope. I have no idea how Dan Jurgens is going to do, but I have to hope it’s going to be awesome!