So I ended up getting a decent number of comics this week, including an issue that came out before now. I don't know when, as I don't read the book, but something just drew me to it and I gave it a shot. I'll get to that in a moment. I'll get Marvel out of the way: Wolverine & the X-Men 18 - Typical Marvel: a tie-in to a big event that's already over. That aside the issue was decent. I think the title has suffered from AvX and I'm glad that starting next issue it can get on with it. This issue focuses on some of the students, which is good, though I'm really hoping the ending isn't as it seems. Do Brood regenerate? Also, what's the point of Husk in this book? She apparently is going through... something... but Aaron never gets to it and now she's going through more and leaves the school. I know that teachers were leaving but I'm really hoping there's more to her leaving than just leaving the book because that would just get on my nerves and the last thing I need is to get annoyed at one of the only Marvel books that I actually like. AvX: Consequences 1 - I went back and forth on whether or not I should bother with this. I decided to give the first issue a shot since it's likely to deal with some important issues raised in AvX. It ended up being decent, though there's still no excuse as to why Magneto is lumped in with the Phoenix 5. Danger I get since she never actually went against them but Magneto stood with the X-Men and even brought additional help to stop them. That part is realy annoying and until it's explained it will continue to be stupid. The Hope scene bored me because we pretty much had this exact same scene after Second Coming in which she decided to go to Alaska to learn about her parents. I liked the Wakanda scene though I hate the reasoning behind it. So basically, I hate the scenerios that the issue is dealing with because of my disdain for AvX, but I think I liked this issue a little because it's dealing with moving beyond those issues and that event. I'll at least get the next issue but it's an issue at a time for me. Uncanny Avengers 1 - Turns out I really liked this issue. There was only one real issue for me and that's Maria Hill being director of Shield. What happened to Quake?! Did I miss something? That aside, I thought Remender did a fine job. I really like what he's doing with Alex here and the Rogue/Wanda moment was decent. I love Avalanche and hope that's not the end of him because he's a great character. Not sure what I think about that ending though. I'll wait to see more explanation before deciding what I think of it. All in all it's a good first issue. I'm on board for now. Stormwatch 13 - This was the issue that I picked up on a whim. It wasn't new, though I'm not sure when it came out, but it's the newest issue. I had the comics in my hand and was walking out when I passed by the newer DC shelf and saw it. I remembered Mysti talking about it in the DC forums and I skimmed it and saw a quick image of Spectre. I'm always drawn to him and though I knew he wasn't really anything in the issue I felt drawn to it. I bought it, read it, and loved it. Has Stormwatch always been this good? I haven't been following this or Demon Knights but Etrigan seemed pretty interesting and I liked Apollo and Midnighter. I know nothing about this title, so I'm a blank slate, but this might be something for me to keep my eye on. Batman & Robin 13 - I picked this issue up, put it back, picked it up, put it back, and repeat about seven times. I sorta want to drop this book but then I do sorta like it too. I just can't decide and I decided to take it an issue at a time for now, so I bought the issue. It was decent and it pulls from both the Batman title and Batman Incorporated. I read both of those so that's no biggie for me. It was decent though I honestly have zero interest in zombies. This is only a two issue arc though if I'm not mistaken so I can handle it. It was decent enough to keep going for now. Two issues of this, two issues of the Joker event... I can probably stick through those. I love Gleason's art and Tomasi as a writer so that's what keeps me. I like their Damian. Batman 14 - The one I've been waiting for and I'm glad to say it pays off. Before explaining that though I will complain about one thing... die-cut cover... ugh. I thought these were cool when I was a kid, not so much now. I was disappointed that they didn't have a normal cover alternative. Oh well. That aside I thought the issue was phenominal. This begins the Death of the Family event and it's off to a great start. I think Snyder's channeling Heath Ledger's Joker regarding his motives here and how he does things, which is a good thing. I'm hooked with the first issue! I did feel that the backup (making me pay the extra dollar that I so dispise) was useless. We didn't need to see that story as it added nothing to what we already knew about it. But oh well, it was decently told anyhow. Phantom Stranger 1 - Another one of my back and forth titles but it was only one issue in so I thought I should give it a few more. I ended up liking this issue better than the 0 issue. We get a pretty heartwrenching opening and then the introduction of Raven into the New 52. It was a good story and it seems like this whole "betrayer" storyline is building to something bigger where some sort of good comes from all this bad. I'll stick with the title for now though I won't promise the long run. It's basically an issue at a time I think. Best and Worst of the Week Best: Batman 14 - Heck of a start to the major event that was originally going to be the opening arc of the New 52 Batman. I am suddenly more excited about this arc than I've been of any other book in a very long time. Worst: AvX: Consequences 1 - It's not that this issue itself was bad as much as that it just didn't feel like it was necessary, or doing anything really. It's a set up issue and I expect the next 4 to be better but this one was just sorta blah. Plus, it brought back a lot of eye rolling regarding AvX proper.