Comixology Sale Picks: Jason Aaron
Posted by James Hunt at 09:19 on 05 May 2014
It's hard to imagine anyone being an X-Men fan and not having bought this at the, but if you're not following the X-Men, this is the story that brought the "Utopia" era of the team to a close and divided the X-Men philosophically between Wolverine and Cyclops. If you're a big fan of those characters, or the X-Men in general, it's worth buying. It's my favourite thing in this sale, for whatever that's worth.
Incredible Hulk Vol. 3
If, like me, you weren't very interesting in Jeph Loeb's Hulk tenure and felt that the subsequent writers couldn't do much to salvage it, you might enjoy this as a sort of back-to-basics approach. It's a weird Hulk story - Hulk begins it separated from Banner, who has essentially turned into a lunatic scientist in his attempts to re-merge them. I liked it, but the run in general was not well received, so perhaps be cautious about buying it. Issue 7.1 is a good one to try out, not least because it has a hilarious appearance by The Orb. ("Soon I will have enough precious eyes to exact my revenge on Ghost Rider!").
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine
MUST BUY KLAXON. Jason Aaron writes a hilarious Spidey/Wolvey buddy-cop time-travel story and Adam Kubert draws it. If you get nothing else from the sale, get this.
Ultimate Captain America
I haven't read this, but it's drawn by Ron Garney so it's probably good, and I certainly don't know it as having a bad reputation. If, like me, you're on a post-Cap 2 Captain America binge, you'll want to buy it. But we give you no guarantees as to its quality other than to say that with this creative team, we don't expect it to be bad.
Wolverine: Weapon X
Wolverine's solo series got into a bit of a mess when they launched Wolverine: Weapon X as the new A-title and it accidentally got ordered like a B-title. Then Wolverine's son took over the main series and they had to relaunch this one again. That's why it's only 16 issues long.
It's not bad, though. It's split into three arcs: The Adamantium Men (#1-5), Insane in the Brain (#6-9) and Tomorrow Dies Today (#11-15). #10 is a stand-alone issue about Wolverine's relationships with women over the years, and has some noir-ish artwork from CP Smith. It's a good one to buy in isolation, as is #16, which is a follow-up to the death of Nightcrawler in which Wolverine honours Kurt's last wishes.
That said, there's nothing here that's absolute must-buy stuff. All of the arcs are decent, and if you want to dip in, The Adamantium Men is the story to start with. But if we're being honest, there's better stuff in this sale.
Panel Beats Approved List:
X-Men: Schism #1-5
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1-6
Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 #7.1
Total Cost: $11.88 / £8.28