- X-Factor #222 – This series has it all: laughs, heartbreak, intrigue. Now, it’s adding a touch of the Supernatural as the battle for Rahne Sinclair’s half-mutant, half-Wolf God baby begins. This is the series that got me into comics, and for me, there’ll never be an issue not worth reading. The art for the past couple issues hasn’t been the best. X-Factor tends to rotate between one artist penciling for a decent amount of issues, and filler artists. I miss Emanuela Lupacchino’s openly emotional faces and distinctive pencils, but I’m looking forward to Leonard Kirk’s upcoming run. Marvel said he’ll be sharing art duties with Emanuela, so bring on issue #225! (Coincidentally, issue #225 is when the effects of Avengers: Children’s Crusade start to affect the characters of X-Factor, so I’m doubly pumped for that issue as well!)
- Avengers: Children’s Crusade #7 – Let’s continue on the comic tangent for a while. Avengers: Children’s Crusade, except for the bimonthly schedule, has been a great series so far. It’s fun, it’s wrapping up a loose plot point from a series six years old, and have you seen that artwork? Jim Cheung’s pencils, along with Mark Morales on inks and Justin Ponsor on colors, are amazing. His splash pages especially are dynamic and fully detailed. Anyway, Tom Brevoort has been promising A:CC and Schism will be intertwined, and with the end of issue #6, the seeds are definitely sewn for that clash. Magneto, Wolverine, and the Avengers against Cyclops and the X-Men? With all the baggage they have under the bridge concerning Wanda, this is not going to be an easy fight, but it’ll sure be interesting to see the outcome. Personally, I don’t think Wanda’s going to be able to repower the mutants. I think something’s going to prevent her from doing that, but whether it’s Doom, the X-Men, or even Wanda or her son Billy themselves, I don’t know how it’s going to come about.
- The Captain America movie and The Avengers movie- Marvel’s been on a role with their home grown feature films lately, and I’m excited to see if Captain America and The Avengers hold with Marvel’s previous successes. Not to mention the Marvel geek inside me can’t wait to see all of her favorite characters on screen.
- New York Comic Con – Nowadays, a ‘comic con’ is not just for comics. It’s a haven for geeks and nerds to let their fannish glee free, to interact with the people creating your favorite shows, comics, or books, and to meet people who share the same interests as you. It’s still three months away, and yet I’m already counting down the days. 91 and counting!
- The next nine episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day. I still miss the oftentimes unintentionally hilarious show that Torchwood used to be, but the show that it’s grown into is no less entertaining. The first episode of this season was perfectly back on form, and the rest of the season sounds like it’ll be just as good. John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and joined by some great American actors (Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Dichen Lachman, as well as numerous others.) I am especially happy to see Tom Price back and P.C. Andy. I’ve had a soft spot for the character ever since he first showed up in the first series, and I’m surprised the character’s made it this far, with the show’s propensity to kill off every character it can.