If you read my first post you know that I am testing out the Marvel Now! event to see if it is a good jumping on point for new readers. I am in a really good place to judge since I had never read any Marvel titles before. However, I also do not like judging a comic based only on the first issue. There just isn’t enough content to really get a feel for the characters and the story line. So while I originally committed to reading all of the new #1 issues, I have decided to read the first three issues for each of the series. I hope that this will be enough to judge whether or not each series is friendly to new readers. My hope is that I can help any of you who may be thinking about picking up any of these titles. So lets take a look so far:

Please Note: there may be spoilers! I tried not to reveal anything crucial to story lines but small facts may be revealed

A Plus X
Out so far: #1, #2
Issued: monthly
Thoughts: This is a great silly title. Each issue they pick one Avenger and one X-Men character and they team-up to fight against some villain. I am not sure if they are supposed to tie together at all (I believe the robot that Black Widow and Rogue fought in issue #2 is one of the same ones  that Captain America and Cable fought in #1) or if I am just reading too much into the details. Either way this is a book that first time readers shouldn’t have too much of a problem with. Although I was a little confused with some of the conversation with Kitty Pryde  in #2, that didn’t detract from the fight which is the point.

All New X-Men
Out so far: #1, #2, #3
Issued: biweekly until at least the end of January
Thoughts: The premise is that Beast has traveled back in time to get the original X-Men team and brought them to knock some sense into Cyclops who is on the verge of starting a mutant civil war and/or genocide. This was one of the titles I was most worried about; I just don’t know much about the X-Men outside of the movies. I was pleasantly surprised as it wasn’t difficult to follow along at all. Of course there were some mentions of the past, but nothing that made me feel completely out of the loop. This is definitely a title that I am curious about and I will be continuing to follow.

Avengers
Out so far: #1
Issued: biweekly until at least the end of February
Thoughts: Avengers was a little confusing at the start. It kept mentioning events that I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to know about but it got a lot better. The rest was easy to follow with well known characters or ones that were clearly introduced. I don’t want to give too much away, but basically earth is facing a threat from Mars, someone who wants to make the Earth (and humans) better and in doing so might kill a lot of people. Captain America and Iron Man have decided (on their own and covertly) that the Avengers need to “be bigger”. This means they have recruited a lot of people that I do not know. Hopefully they will all be clearly introduced going forward as I am curious about this threat and story line. Issue #1 is new reader friendly.

Captain America
Out so far: #1
Issued: monthly
Thoughts: There hasn’t been another issue of this title since my last review so I am just including my previous thoughts again. Oddly enough, I am confused about whether I am confused with this issue. It opens up great: sad flashback to the Captain’s childhood. Going into present day, the situation is explained pretty well. I’m a little confused who the girlfriend is (introduced as Sharon, but who is she while in costume?) but I can get past that. Then we get to the main conflict. I have no idea who this bad guy is which might be okay but Captain America clearly states that he knows that voice, meaning they have a history. Now I am curious, who is this guy and what has he done in the past? Finally the last panels are what confused me the most. At first I thought he was flying back through the portal, but after it looks like he is still in the other dimension. This issue left me with a few more questions than I would have liked, but at the same time I enjoyed it and am curious where the story line is going. In the end, this title should be good for a first time reader.

Deadpool
Out so far: #1, #2, #3
Issued: biweekly up until now, but after #3 it is monthly
Thoughts: This is 100% just a really fun and silly comic. S.H.I.E.L.D has asked Deadpool to covertly destroy all of the undead U.S. Presidents running around trying to kill everyone, and he is being advised by the ghost of Benjamin Franklin. I am not usually a fan of silly so I am still completely amazed by how much I am enjoying Deadpool. In fact it is one of my three favorite Marvel titles right now.

Fantastic Four
Out so far: #1
Issued: monthly
Thoughts: There hasn’t been another issue of this title since my last review so I am just including my previous thoughts again. Again, all I know about Fantastic Four is what I have seen in the movies, so this issue left me with some questions. First and foremost, who the heck are these children? Aliens? Mutants? I really wish they had explained (turns out it is explained in FF, and really well too). Other than that, I was able to follow what was going on, and the premise is interesting.

FF
Out so far: #1
Issued: monthly
Thoughts: I was really worried going into FF. The only thing I knew going in was that the title stood for “Future Foundation” and the little peak that I saw in issue #1 of Fantastic Four showed me a bunch of alien children that confused me right away. I actually enjoyed this comic a lot. There was a nice little introduction on the first page, and spaced throughout the issue were “interviews” with the children that gave them each a name and a chance to explain what FF is to them. There were a few references to the past that I didn’t understand but I didn’t feel like it took away from the comic. By the end the issue had definitely peaked my interest. I am curious about the children and will happily pick-up #2 to see where it goes.

Indestructible Hulk
Out so far: #1
Issued: monthly
Thoughts: There hasn’t been another issue of this title since my last review so I am just including my previous thoughts again. This issue was easy to pick up. The setting and all of the characters are introduced and the mention of Avengers vs X-Men makes sense. Most of my confusion was with the action scenes. I am assuming the problem lies with me (mostly because of the “you are weird” look my husband gave me when I tried to explain it to him) but I wasn’t really sure what was happening during the fight scene. The bad guy was shooting the Hulk, something happened, the building fell down and the bad guy loses. I guess I don’t really need to know more. Over all, this title is good for a first time reader.

Iron Man
Out so far: #1, #2, #3
Issued: biweekly now, but after #5 it is monthly
Thoughts: As I said before, just thinking about picking up an Iron Man issue or book was very intimidating to me because of his complicated history. Thankfully all three of these issues have been really easy to follow. Characters are clearly introduced and any past events that are mentioned are explained really well. This is perfect for a first time reader. I am really interested in the story line in Iron Man; the group called “The Circle” in issue two were really intriguing and I am hoping we see more of them. And while at least part of Iron Man’s rogues gallery shows up in issue three it wasn’t too confusing. Iron Man is officially one of my three favorite Marvel titles.

Red She-Hulk
Out so far: #58, #59, #60
Issued: monthly
Note: this series used to be Hulk, but they changed the title at issue #58
Thoughts: I found myself really enjoying issue #58 and I am really curious about She-Hulk. She is trying to stop the army from creating a line of super-soldiers. I still need to get my hands on the next two issues but I am optimistic since the first  issue had a really good set-up.  I was able to follow along quite easily and at this point would say it is good for a first time reader to jump on.

Thor
Out so far: #1, #2
Issued: the first two issues were biweekly, but after #2 it is monthly
Thoughts: Unfortunately issue #2 sold out before I could get my hands on it (a second printing is coming soon). But based on issue one (and that this is only a mini-series) I am definitely optimistic about the rest of the issues. Here are my thoughts again about the first issue. This issue was easy to pick up; it really doesn’t feature anyone other than Thor. Everything is really well explained and I am very curious where they are going with the story line. This is only a 5 issue series so I would definitely recommend it to a first time reader.

Thunderbolts
Out so far: #1
Issued: the first two issues were biweekly, but after #2 it is monthly
Thoughts: This issue was a little bit confusing, but very intriguing. Retired General Thaddeus Ross is putting together a team. esides Deadpool (who I know very little about) I don’t know anything about these characters. In fact this is the first comic that sent me straight to Google. Most of the characters he recruits I at least knew their names, except for the girl with pink hair. Thankfully the internet did not fail me, so in case you don’t recognize her either her name is Abigail Mercy Wright aka Angel of Mercy aka Mercy. She first appeared in Incredible Hulk #338 (1987) and is an alien that has taken it upon herself to kill people who suffer from great despair but don’t have the strength to commit suicide. She thinks she is doing them a favor. Back in 1987 she tried numerous times to kill Bruce Banner but obviously she didn’t succeed. When she tried to kill Hulk he reflected her power back at her (originally turning her into a pile of goo but I think the comics are ignoring that part). Later a truck driver picks her up. That is what we are seeing in Thunderbolts #1: the fight, her limping away and then a trucker picking her up, but now we also see the army stopping that truck and taking her away.
Anyway, to wrap up this review, since I have fallen in love with Deadpool and now am very curious about Mercy I am definitely looking forward to issue #2.

Uncanny Avengers
Out so far: #1, #2
Issued: monthly
Thoughts: There are two different stories taking place in this comic. The first is with Captain America, Havok, Wolverine, etc and is about mutants joining the Avengers (with Havok leading the team). They are trying to work together to improve the image of mutants since most of the general population is terrified of them. This story line is easy to understand and I enjoy it. The second story line is with Rogue, Scarlet Witch and Red Skull (and his team of evil-doers). This one confuses me, they talk about past events a lot and definitely assume the reader has a certain amount of knowledge.

X-Men Legacy
Out so far: #1, #2
Issued: biweekly right now, but after #5 it is monthly
Thoughts: This comic follows David Haller, the son of Charles Xavier. He is crazy and really powerful. That is about where my understanding of what is happening ends. I don’t really like the way it jumps between what is happening in David’s head and what is happening around him. The comic also does not introduce all of the characters very well. I know that the identity of the one character is supposed to be a bit of a mystery (or at least I am assuming so from David’s monologue), but I really prefer when I know the names of the characters. Of all the Marvel Now! titles this one definitely seems the least friendly to new readers which makes me sad because the premise and David Haller are really interesting.

 

Overall I have been enjoying this experience and look forward to the rest of the first three issues coming out. I know what my favorites are so far, but would love to hear what yours are. So please comment below and let me know what you think about Marvel Now!, about the series themselves, or about my post (maybe there is something I missed, or a way I could do it better in the future).