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The Sea of Monsters
Rick Riordan
Paladin of Souls
Lois McMaster Bujold
Batman: The Night of the Owls
Scott Snyder, Judd Winick, Justin Gray, David Finch, Peter J. Tomasi, Pat Gleason, Tony S. Daniel, Scott Lobdell, Duane Swierczynski, J.H. Williams III, Jimmy Palmiotti
Nightwing, Vol. 2: Night of the Owls
Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose
Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis - Warren Ellis, Kaare Andrews While staying at the X-Bunker located in San Francisco with the team, Ororo receives a message from T’Challa about disturbing events taking place in a small village in Africa. There’s been a rise in the number of pregnancies occurring there, and many of these babies are being born with extraordinary powers and mutations. There are also reports of explosions being caused by these babies and a “devil” living in the bush.

Even though I am a Marvel fangirl (with the X-Men comics being my favorites), I’ve somewhat strayed from them in recent years and have started reading more comics from other companies. I’ve also started reading manga, so I’m being exposed to a whole new world of stories.

This is the first full arc that I’ve read in a while from Marvel. Was I impressed with what I read? No, but I wasn’t disappointed either.

This started out as a really interesting story, but soon became too easy to anticipate. A predictable story isn’t always bad, but the premise of this story held so much potential in my opinion. And even with it’s predictability, the story was solid. The writing was tight, moving. Despite the somewhat dark tone of the story, Ellis knows just when to bring a joke in without making it seem like it was too much.

The end was a bit too whipped up for my taste, but it was nice to see Emma get to shine a little bit. I’m an Emma fan, but she came off more air-headed than usual in this arc as if she were the butt (or should I say “the breasts”?) of some joke that everyone got but her. She just seemed really useless at first, but she made up for it. However, poor Hisako didn’t seem to get much play at all in the comics. She was just there.

Overall, this was a good story. No, it’s not memorable, but it isn’t horrible. And sometimes, given the state of comics now days, I think getting a solid story is a damn good thing.