This week in Marvel – Deadpool makes an Oscar bid (in its own unique fashion), Miss Marvel actually receives an(other) award, and we get more lowdown on Olivia Munn’s Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse!
This week in Marvel Comics!
This was a week for the next generation! The ever-popular Miss Marvel – the series starring the wonderful Kamala Khan – has gained yet another award, in this case the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity! Congratulations to the whole Miss Marvel team!
The latest arc of All-New X-Men continued, with the team going head-to-head against the Blob. It’s a strange series, with Dennis Hopeless putting the relationship between Angel and Wolverine under strain; unfortunately, it’s hard not to conclude that both are being written a tad out-of-character. That seems particularly odd given that Hopeless has already proven he understands what makes Laura tick back in Avengers Arena. Oh, and I take it the Black Vortex’s cosmic enhancement didn’t really mean all that much, given Angel doesn’t even seem able to handle the Blob?!?
Not that the issue is without its merits; a particular highlight is an entertaining scene between Iceman and Kid Apocalypse, which works as an effective character moment while ensuring readers are familiar with Kid Apocalypse’s background. Smart move, given the “Apocalypse Wars” arc is going to feature Kid Apocalypse’s heritage.
Meanwhile, Daredevil #4 explores the backstory of Daredevil’s new apprentice, Blindspot. Charles Soule is proving to be a perfect fit for the Man Without Fear, and his offbeat villain Tenfingers is proving surprisingly potent. The conversation between Tenfingers and Matt Murdock is deeply disturbing, and leaves Daredevil reeling. It’s worth adding that the cameo from Steve Rogers is superbly handled; with Daredevil’s secret identity no longer known, Rogers calls Daredevil in on a mission for which he’s particularly ill-suited. Take a look:
Other highlights include Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 – proving to be becoming a highlight of the All-New All-Different Marvel Universe, complete with a cameo from the Hulk. It’s worth noting that this book is already getting some real attention; it was one of the finalists for the Dwayne McDuffie Award, only beaten by Miss Marvel. Over in Silk #5, Robbie Thompson continues his excellent run, with Silk now a servant of the Goblin King. Meanwhile, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 brings the time-travel arc to an entertaining end; the book’s proving particularly popular with fresh superhero readers, and continues to be tremendous fun!
One final issue to pick up on: the excellent Karnak #2 was released this week. Marvel have been plagued with delays for some time, and Karnak‘s first issue was – incredibly – all the way back in October. For once, the reason seems to have been less to do with shipping troubles than with a crisis in somebody’s personal life. You can read some hints about this in this week’s Axel-In-Charge.