Comic Book Reviews (Week 11/6/2019): Batman Issue 82, New Mutants Issue 1, and More!

Batman Issue 82 review
Batman Issue 82 (Image: DC Comics)

Hey, all! Welcome to my comic book review roundup for this week (11/6/2019). I’ll be going over all of the titles I’ve read. My review list includes Batman Issue 82, New Mutants Issue 1, X-Force Issue 1, and a lot more. So let’s begin!

If you feel that I didn’t talk enough about a particular comic book, I do apologize, I guess. I mean, it’s very likely I didn’t write more because I found the said comic book boring. Anyway, let’s begin with Batman Issue 82 by writer Tom King.

The fact that King has been writing the main Batman comic book for so long is impressive. At this point, especially so close to his conclusion, many are still reading just to see what King will do in his final arc even if they aren’t really invested in his narrative anymore.

As far as my opinion goes, I have enjoyed King’s writing. Of course, I still have certain issues, but I like how he has developed Bruce and Selina’s relationship. Seeing the two work together to try and defeat Bane in Batman Issue 82 was quite intense. Also, the moment where Selina told Bane that Gotham belonged to her and not some rich kid made sense to me. I think that while King’s current arc has divided fans, it will be looked at with far kinder eyes once it’s done and we won’t have to sit through forced cliffhangers and filler issues.

Recommendation: I mean, might as well see King’s run all the way to the end at this point. The artwork by Mikel Janin is good.

New Mutants Issue 1 review
New Mutants Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

New Mutants Issue 1

I’m not sure what writers Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson have planned for the New Mutants team, and I’m not really sure if I’ll be sticking around for long, either. In the debut issue, we got to see the young mutants go into space to meet Cannonball and things quickly spiraled out of control. There was some mention about Krakoan flora messing with other plants. Maybe that could lead to something interesting down the line? I did enjoy some of the humorous moments, though. I also liked the weird art by Rod Reis.

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of the New Mutants team, you might as well pick it up.

X-Force Issue 1
X-Force Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

X-Force Issue 1

All this new comic book did was show how careless the X-Men have become while living on Krakoa. The reason for their carelessness wasn’t even valid. It was forced because that’s what the plot needed (from writer Benjamin Percy), and that’s why I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.

Recommendation: Meh! I say this because we know death means nothing to mutants anymore.

Magnificent Ms Marvel 9 review
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Issue 9 (Image: Marvel Comics)

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Issue 9

Kamala Khan works as a character when the story focuses on her personal life and this issue offered just that. We got to see her father’s health deteriorate and Dr. Strange coming to help. Turns out, the latent Inhuman DNA in Mr. Khan was the reason behind his illness. Also, it took five years (if I remember correctly) for Kamala and Bruno to finally kiss. That little moment was better than Kamala’s first kiss. Let’s see where writer Saladin Ahmad takes this relationship. I’m not a big fan of the pairing, but I’m not completely against it, either.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP! The art by Minkyu Jung is perfect for such a title.

Fantastic Four Issue 16 Review
Fantastic Four Issue 16 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Fantastic Four Issue 16

In a sense, the Fantastic Four team works well when all of the members are off exploring other worlds instead of being stuck on Earth. The current issue continued the team’s latest mission on a new planet. I liked the concept of someone using Cosmic Rays to experiment on other people in hopes they’ll get powers in a similar manner to the FF. The quip Reed made about Namor was gold. So, kudos to writer Dan Slot. I also enjoyed the art style by Sean Izaakse.

Recommendation: The current Fantastic Four series is very fun. I’m not even a big FF fan, but I’ve read every issue. Give it a try. 

Justice League Issue 35
Justice League Issue 55 (Image: DC Comics)

Justice League Issue 35

If you’re looking for an event comic that has so many characters that almost all of them are nothing but window dressing, then this issue (from writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV) is for you. I still don’t understand why Trigon is sitting everything out while the fate of the Multiverse is in danger and Raven is on Earth.

Which comic books did you read this week? Did you enjoy Batman Issue 82? What did you think of New Mutants Issue 1? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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