Spoilers are included.
Marvel’s The Superior Spider-Man #31 brings us the Series Finale as it’s up to the original psyche of Peter Parker to deal with the Goblin Nation and a bunch of loose ends. It’s been a good run. We had some crazy moments and there’s a lot of flak for Peter, but all and all this was a fresh take on a no-holds-barred Spider-Man.
What it means for Spider-Man… not much. The issue does its best to overall reconcile Peter because there’s a crisis going on, but you can see he’s still going to have a lot of explanations. Then again, for some faces he’s just going to face the music and just own up to Spider-Ock’s actions because he’s got some secrets to keep.
Recommended because you want to know how it ends. With the series over, the next big thing will probably be the return of The Amazing Spider-Man comic. This is a good spot as any for me to get off the Spider-Mobile. Goblin Nation also concludes in this issue. Saving Anna using a technique that Peter perfected after Gwen’s demise was a nice touch.
DC’s Batman #30 is Zero Year’s Final Act and instead of ending the threat of the Riddler we just get Batman coming back after months of absence. Basically he’s pulled a Rip Van Winkle and he gets to make a return when things are extremely dire.
Looks great and would be great if this was the start of another arc – which it is. I just don’t like that is disguised as the end of the last one. Basically Zero Year doesn’t end but leads to whatever the next storyline will be called.
Recommended with reservations. I also wanted to review another Scott Snyder comic, Batman Eternal #2. That one is just beginning and Zero Year was a good run (which is not ending yet). I just don’t want too many Batmans in this review feature. Batman #30 is a good issue except for the fact that it is not a real finale and I feel duped. Overall a good series still in need of resolution.
Ms. Marvel #3 is a fresh new take on a teenager gaining superpowers. Actually, it’s a fresh take on teendom altogether as we finally get some diversity and whole different world of challenges. Kamala Khan is your typical teenager, but not your comic book standard one. She’s the youngest daughter of a conservative arabic family living in Jersey City. Although she lives in an Muslim household, the comic doesn’t try to push any religion (not for nor against) on you.
She’s still very much a teenage girl, awkward and concerned about how the world looks at her. Saving the popular girl from school made her feel good but she’s still learning at controlling her body-shifting powers. It’s also entertaining to see how adults in her world are very much like any other adults, caught in tradition and work and resistant to the change brought by the rest of society.
Highly recommended. Paraphrasing the words of Natalie Tran, being embarrassed by your parents is universal in every culture (yes, I just quoted CommunityChannel, sue me).
Uncanny X-Men #20 has some great moments. I know Cyclops has a lot of detractors but he seems to be in his tactical element as this issue starts with a face off between Maria Hill and himself. Also, I don’t know where the David Bond/Hijack thing is going but I hope \that potential is not ignored.
Scott finds out that the Sentinels are not sent by SHIELD, or at least not the main faction under Maria Hill’s command. He also deduces that the way they are being tracked is through Cerebro so he has it shut down. Since he assesses that only someone who would that technology could do something like that he wants to question Henry McCoy – the present one, not the young one.
Recommended because it’s fun. There’s a certain Whedon-esque element in every conversation that happens in this book, specially when the two parties are antagonistic.
That will do for now.