So, Marvel launched 4 new number ones and re-branded Thunderbolts into Dark Avengers. I didn’t buy Dark Avengers (read it, didn’t interest me), but I did pick up the four #1s. Quick takes via the Power Ranking system:
Hawkeye. Yeah, it lives up to all the hype Marvel and everyone else have been giving it on the first go. The opening few pages were excellent in setting up Clint and his place in the world - the opening page especially for such a great image of Hawkeye doing his thing. Sure, there was an overabundance of the word “Bro”, but hey, I trust Fraction based on his run on Iron Man (never read Fear Itself save for the New Mutants tie-tin). Great opening issue that has me excited to get the next issue. And maybe add this to my pull list.
Gambit. Really on-and-off with interest in Gambit and contemplated about getting this one until I read the Marvel digital Mix-Tape preview comic. Really good to see Gambit being a thief and how this first issue lacked any other X-characters. Enjoyed Asmus’ script and Mann’s art fit the tone. Will definitely pick up the second issue to see where this goes.
Captain Marvel. I want to get this and like this. I did, but I feel indifferent. I like the elements in place. Kelly Sue Deconnick is a talented writer. Dexter Soy’s art is impressive. I enjoyed the fight at the beginning with Captain America & the Absorbing Man (even though, WOW, Absorbing Man is an idiot). But the second half kinda fell flat. It feels like a chore instead of fully enjoying it. Hell, I like how Carol is Captain Marvel now and her new costume, but I thought she was better in Avenging Spider-Man than in her own comic. I’ll get the next 3-4 issues, but I might drop it and go straight to Red She-Hulk come October. Yeah, it’s rage-Betty and not the sensational Jen, but I’m willing to give it a try.
X-Treme X-Men. Liked it and enjoyed the characterization of Dazzler, but I feel this comic is not worth it to go beyond issue 1. Art is meh. Not really having an emotional connection to Captain Howlett, Emmeline Frost, and Kid Nightcrawler. And I’m not digging the alternate-universe-jumping concept like I thought I would.
Current wall. Enjoyed the first issue. Too bad this variant by Adi Granov, which I loved, cost $25 at my local comic shop.