Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Superboy , The Ray, and Wolverine and the X-men in this week's New Comic Wednesday

I am going to start doing this on Wednesdays as a general update and running review of the series I follow. Here we go.

Superboy #5
For the most part I have been enjoying the superboy series, particularly because it is paired with teen titans. In issue #5 Superboy continues to serve and defy the enigmatic group N.O.W.H.E.R.E. all while showing some moral aloofness. while the mystery of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is interesting, but Superboy's  basic lack of emotion gets a little old. He occasionally shows some kind of caring via rescuing people but otherwise he is sarcastic cold and and a little annoying. If not for it's link with Teen Titans, I would probably have stopped after issue #2 or #3.

The Ray #2 of 6
The new 52 version of the Ray is a pretty cut and dry teenage superhero miniseries. The new incarnation is a teenage lifeguard in San Diego who is struck by a strange light ray and becomes the light powered hero. Like any teenage hero he is learning to deal with his family his girlfriend and everything else while defeating giant monsters in San Diego. In the history of comics, this seems like an overused situation, but at this moment the Ray is the only hero, outside Blue Beetle, in this Peter Parker-esque situation, so I will let it slide. DC has also chosen to make this a limited series, which I think is a good move. These limited series like the Huntress and the Penguin are a good introduction for these characters without adding more continuous series.

Wolverine and the X-men #3 and #4
Of all the comics I am currently reading, Wolverine and the X-men may be my favorite. A continuation off of the schism event, we find Wolverine trying to restart a mutant school in ashes of the Xavier Institute. With the new Hellfire Club trying to obstruct any progress and Quentin Quire trying to overthrow the administration from time to time there is plenty conflict to build from. What I might like the most about the series is that with the frame of the institute, and the diverse cast of students, it really feels like an X-men comic in its original sense. It may be because I loved the X-men Evolution show when I was a kid, but if there isn't an school it isn't X-men.

There is the rundown of my purchases today, check this out again in a week.



-Peter