Wednesday means new comics so let's get right to it! Rather than the lengthy review I gave last week, I'd like to give short reports on some of my reads from this week. Today I picked up Deadpool vs. Carnage #2, Ms. Marvel #3, Superior Spider-Man #31, Thor: God of Thunder #21, Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #3, and Genesis.
Deadpool vs. Carnage was about what you would expect to see from a Deadpool title. I've enjoyed the excursions away from the Brian Poshen/Gerry Dugan main title (e.g. Deadpool Killustrated, Deadpool vs. Deadpool) and this one is no exception. Cullen Bunn is the man behind the last couple of Deadpool side-titles and has worked with the symbiotes before and he clearly has a good grasp on both characters. Carnage is also one of my favorite villains. I'm glad to see him getting more page time recently. Deadpool vs. Carnage is a fun, quick, blood-filled book that delivers what it promises.
Ms. Marvel continues to live up to the hype it began generating soon after its announcement. As Kamala tries to learn the nature of her powers she still feels like a teenager, almost worrying more about the ramifications of her late night partying than her new abilities. Kamala's relatability is one of the strongest points of the book and G. Willow Wilson does an excellent job bringing it out. I can't wait to see how this series develops. The Kamala Korps will surely be pleased with the latest installment.
Superior Spider-Man #31 is hard to talk about without massive spoilers. For those of you up on the series, #31 concludes the Goblin Nation arc and opens the way for the relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man. As much as it was a conclusion I didn't find myself particularly satisfied. While all of the surface level problems with the Goblin Nation are resolved, many of the much deeper issues resulting from the Peter/Doc Ock body switch are left almost entirely untouched. And with the first part of Amazing Spider-Man dedicated to the "Learning to Crawl" arc, I worry these problems are going to be swept under the rug. There are some really deep storytelling opportunities there for those with the stones to go for them.
Genesis was the book I felt most attached to this week. I've been hearing the hype from Alison Sampson's tumblr for months and it was great to get it in my hands and see it realized. The winding, allegorical story about a man who can make real anything he can imagines is perfectly captured by Sampson's surreal and fascinating art. It's not often that I feel like a comic book is smarter than me. Nathan Edmondson, who I know best from the recent Black Widow series, has a powerful ability to keep one spellbound and confused all at once. I definitely intend to reread Genesis several times. It's a book that I'm sure contains many more secrets and surprises for those willing to give it a deep read. I highly recommend picking this book up. Genesis is thick, filled with plenty of process art and no ads, well worth the $6.99 you'll spend to get your hands on a copy.
E. Ross Ura is a writer, letterer, artist, composer, and blogger active in the Metro Detroit Area.