It’s Wednesday, which means that today is the day we get new comics to read.  Today Marvel happened to release a few things of note that I decided to pick up.

Spider-Women Alpha #1

Black Panther #1

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Empress #1

Spider-Women Alpha #1

Fresh off the press and riding the wave of Marvel’s ‘Women of Power’ month straight into April, is Spider-Women Alpha.  This event brings together three beloved characters who have become a mainstay in the world of Spider themed heroes.  Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) who, in her own series has recently become the single mother of one bouncing baby boy, while using her powers and skills as an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to fight crime.  Silk (Cindy Moon), a girl who was bit by the same spider as our beloved Peter Parker, only gaining more organic spider powers (goodbye web shooters).  Lastly, Spider-Woman from Earth-65, otherwise known as Gwen Stacy or Spider-Gwen as her own series calls her.

Getting into this first issue, it was tough to see how it would all play out.  We started with Spider-Gwen stopping a crime from happening in her own universe and then running off to go see Jessica Drew and Cindy Moon for what Jessica called “much needed adult time”.  When our three meet at Jessica’s home, its a very real, very relateable situation, clothes are everywhere, the baby is crying, Jessica is on the phone with the babysitter who is incredibly late and she makes a comment about how she is very broke, life is happening with this hero.  Honestly, after that initial scene with no action, I still wanted to read and I wasn’t disappointed.  Each one of these characters brings their own pain, their own struggles and their attitude to this adventure, and at the end its a fantastic ride.  If there is one gripe I have with it, its the art style, it feels a little weird and disjointed but I feel like it also works in a sense.  It might just need to grow on me.  This event crosses over 4 series, Spider-Women, Spider-Gwen, Silk and Spider-Woman each releasing once a month Wednesday over Wednesday.  Read this book, and then catch more of the story next Wednesday in Spider-Gwen #7, I know I’ll be continuing on.

Black Panther #1

Black Panther (T’Challa) has just returned to an ailing and broken Wakanda, his people have been the victims of multiple, brutal attacks while he has been away and are no longer the strong and proud nation they were before.  His sister, Shuri, who took up the mantle of Queen and Black Panther in his absence, has perished in her efforts to save her people from the last attack by Thanos the Mad Titan.  T’Challa has some serious work ahead of him if he needs to fix things.

Black Panther has always been a favorite hero of mine, and having him come back to his country that was once proud, strong and resilient and have to try and rebuild that is an interesting challenge.  There is civil unrest, his people don’t trust him, his closest advisers are turning forging their own paths, secret uprisings are happening, and in among all of this, he is working to bring his sister back to life.  This is a woeful tale of a man who has lost much and is trying to piece it together but by the looks of it, might not have much of a chance.  The flow of the story is great, the attention to detail and the care taken with such important characters is amazing, I’ll be watching this as it keeps coming.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Poe Dameron, the lovable pilot from The Force Awakens is back with his own story, oh and don’t forget BB-8, the droid is adventuring as well.  This is a story about Poe and the Black Squadron before the events of The Force Awakens, documenting the reason Black Squadron exists and what led him to Jakku and eventually into the hands of the First Order.  While I love the idea of this, and believe me I do, I could quite get into this as much as I wanted.  This comic is definitely written for people who already love Poe to death after seeing his big screen debut.  I unfortunately, was not as taken as the rest of the world, and this my interest wasn’t kept through the entirety of the first issue.  This is a series that will garner a lot of attention from people and for the right reasons, but I will not be picking up another volume after this initial read.

 

Empress #1

Mark Millar has a penchant for great story telling and the tag line caught me as this seemed a little different from the other comics out there.  Very quickly, the Empress of Earth 65 million years in the past, and the wife of a mad King has decided she can no longer stomach being the wife of a villain anymore.  She employs the help of her most trusted bodyguard and escapes with her children in tow.  Immediately, the royal army is notified and it becomes a battle to escape Earth with all 5 lives in tact.

This first issue didn’t give us much, it explained that Earth had survived for millions of years and that our current civilization was just one of many that had risen and inevitably fallen.  65 millions years in the past, a race of technologically advanced beings were ruled by a King with an iron fist, an unyielding and ruthless man.

After reading through this, I can see come great potential and since I’m a lover of Mark Millar’s work, I’ll give this a few more issues to see if I should read until the end.  The story isn’t fetching, although it is a little different and I feel like there could have been more than just ‘the escape’ and a flash back showing how the Empress came to be the King’s wife, other than that it fell a little flat for me.

April is going to be a solid month for Comics with ‘The road to Civil War II’ happening in other comics and the continuation of ‘Spider-Women’, so be sure to keep an eye out, I know I will be.

 

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