I bought all the issues I intended this week plus 2 extra. I've been going back and forth on Thor and decided to go ahead and get the next issue (and the previous one). Last issue was a good conclusion to the first arc and I'm eager to see where it goes. I'll talk about issue 6 in my reviews. Thor: God of Thunder 6 - While Butch Guice is a decent artist, he's no Esad Ribic and it shows. That aside, I thought this was a great origin to the villain because it's very relatable. There are a lot of people who grow angry at God, or at the notion of God, due to the seeming disinterest that God has toward His people... if He exists at all. I'm assuming that this frustration is what Aaron is pulling Gorr's character from. That relatability could potentially make Gorr an ongoing, intriguing villain. He's not crazy, or two-dimensional, he's a villain that we can honestly understand... times ten. While I do not share this frustrated at God mindset, I can completely understand it and see where such a thing could lead to something as "evil" as Gorr. All of Marvel's best villains are the ones we can relate to and understand, characters with believable gripes. I believe that Gorr has the makings to become a villain alongside those sort of villains. The issue itself was sad but good. I hope we learn more about the God that Gorr got his weapon from, as that was noticably left mysterious. All-in-all, this was a really good issue that got me even more interested in the title. I bought through issue 4 and enjoyed everyone but dropped it due to finances. Finances are still tight, but I feel like I enjoyed this title more than others that I'm still buying, so I decided to give it another shot. I enjoyed this reading so I'll likely keeping going for now, at least through this plot with Gorr. I find him to be an enjoyable, creepy, and engaging character. Uncanny X-Men 3 - Others have complained here and there about Bendis' handling of people from this team, and I've seen it a little but not enough to worry about. I think this issue was the first one that I found distracting for that reason. I felt that his handling of Magik, Emma, and some of the Avengers just felt really off and none of that was helped by Chris Bachalo, who I'm ready to see leave this book. I think it's pretty obvious, for me anyhow, that Uncanny X-Men is to All New X-Men what adjectiveless Avengers was to New Avengers. New Avengers was fantastic and vastly superior to Avengers... and the same can be said about All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. If it wasn't for my curiosity about these characters I'd likely drop the book, but I'll give Bendis time and see where he takes the story. As for the story itself, it was pretty bland. I think Eva is the first new mutant since AvX that I semi-like. The rest in this book are sorta boring and I don't like a single one of the new ones over in Wolverine & the X-Men, or any of the others that have shown up in other titles. Bendis typically sells me on his own creations, so maybe I'll grow to like the student body of this book. We'll see. Wolverine & the X-Men 25 - Man, I hate to say it but this book is about done for me. I've not enjoyed a single issue since AvX, and even those were mostly just mediocre. The last really good issue was the one where Beast fought Sabretooth in space, around issue 11 or 12 or so. The only thing that keeps me buying right now is Evan and Broo... and Broo is nothing worth noting at the moment. I'm not sure Evan would be enough either save for reviews that Aaron's given regarding the Hellfire Club Saga that's coming up. It's apparently supposed to be the culmination of everything he's done on the title so far. I'm debating on sticking around for that but I don't know. I have a feeling that plot will be Aaron's swan song on the title before he leaves and someone else comes on board (because God forbid Marvel cancels an X-Men book, even after it's no longer relevant). As for the issue itself, it was boring. I thought Dog was interestig in Origin but not here. As the abused little boy, I liked him, but as the Canadian redneck time traveler... I lose interest. I don't care about this Savage Land plot and I don't care about any of the new students. I actually groan at the thought of having to read another 3 or 4 issues of this until the Hellfire Club Saga begins. I don't know if I have it in me... groan. Plus, this art isn't that great. I miss Bradshaw, and thank God he's back for the Hellfire Club Saga. Age of Ulron 2 - Where Bendis failed for me this week on Uncanny X-Men, he knocked this one out of the park. I have really enjoyed these past two issues and I feel like we're learning a little about the Ultron Invasion piece by piece throughout the series. In this issue we learn that the attack happened overnight and was pretty much decided in a day. Spider-Man slept through most of it due to how quick it was. We also saw how so much of the city was destroyed, as a large ship with an inverted bottom tore through the buildings as it glided over top of them. That'll do it every time. I like Moon Knight and Black Widow's scenes over on the West Coast. The two of them were apparently away on a black ops mission when the attack came, explaining how they lived through it. That goes along with what Bendis says about the story, that he envisioned these survivors being around because they were off somewhere else when the attack came. Also, I liked that Cap stands up with a plan in the end. People criticised left and right about Cap being defeated and how horrible Bendis is for making him give up... and all that from 1 panel. Here we see that all he was doing was coming up with a plan... as I predicted last week. It was fairly simple actually, just another "Hey! Let's complain because it's Bendis!" I am completely sold on this event now. I like the atmosphere, the characters, the story, and I'm real curious to see where it goes. Batman & Robin 18 - Wow... just wow. Not a single word spoken throughout the issue, not a single word box, and it's still one of the most touching issues I've "read" in a very long time. Tomasi captures every bit of the emotion that Bruce and Alfred are going through, even to the point of getting me choked up on more than one occassion. Major props to both Tomasi and Gleason, whose pencils told the story alone and did so in an astounding way. I thought last issue was good, this one was better. Easily the best issue since the relaunch. Pure brilliance. That said, because I have no interest in a Batman Team-Up, this will likely be the last issue of the title that I buy. It's a shame because I like the creative team, but unless this Batman And... is a temporary thing until Morrison brings Damian back at the end of Batman Incorporated (and I don't see that happening) I have no further use for this book. I just hope that Gleason eventually goes to another book that I buy, because he's one of my favorite artists in the biz. Batman 18 - Where Tomasi tackled the aftermath of Damian's death from Bruce's point of view, Snyder tries a more askew view. His goal is to see it through Gotham's eyes, through his creation Harper Row. He does a good job but I think all the rumor and speculation of Harper being groomed to replace Damian took me out of the issue. I, and many like me, do not want another Robin, and especially some chick we're JUST meeting. Squire would make more sense than Harper. I will be very disappointed if that is indeed the direction this character takes. That said, the issue itself was decent. Kubert has always been one of my favorites since the 90s and did fine work here. Harper comes across more likable this issue than in her last full issue and I think the art helps, though, like the last issue starring her, it had two jarringly different artists, and that was a distraction. I think Harper could make a great cast member for the book, but I just don't want to see her as Robin. Unfortunately, her training and night patrols and "Tim Drake-ish" story makes me think that is indeed the direction they're going. We'll see. Best and Worst of the Week Best: Batman & Robin 18 - Honestly, this is the best issue of the year for me, possibly for the whole New 52 continuity. It was just so masterfully told through silence that it really got to me. Even if you don't read this title, or Batman even, I'd recommend this issue alone to anyone. It's just a really heartfelt, difficult issue. Tomasi and Gleason better get some awards for this one. Wolverine & the X-Men 26 - It was a toss up between this and Uncanny X-Men, and I'm still not sure I'm making the right choice. It might be a tie. The story was just so bland, Dog so uninteresting, and when all you have left is the oversaturated Wolverine and subpar art, there's just nothing to really root for. I was utterly bored.