April Fools is for suckas. I looked for that Howard the Duck RTJ variant, but there was no way I was finding it. Whatever, I think it might have even been delayed? Deadpool next week, maybe.
Angel and Faith 13 - Well, that was the expected turn. And now we've got to wait another month for the (final?) battle. But that's not to say there weren't good things about this issue. The way things are turning out with Nadira is actually quite reassuring. And Faith and Angel seem to be getting closer. But Koh was on his way to redemption and now he'll face an inevitable back slide, no matter what the result of the battle is. (Honestly, had a second where I hoped Illyira would snap Faith's neck, too. I mean, I love her, I don't want her to die, but that would be a hell of a game changer.) The art was a little TOO pretty? That's a weird thing to say, I know, but it was...glossy, maybe. Good book overall.
Avengers 43 - I have no idea what the fuck is happening. Tony's out, I still don't really know what he did, I don't know if the Shi'ar are destroying Earth or the “rogue planet” or what purpose Sol's Hammer serves or anything else. But, I mean, I think it's coming together...? Question mark? I don't know. I mean, there's just too much. Maybe we'll get some clarification later or maybe I'll just be left with this universal, colossal, confusing mass. But either way, there's some grand things happening. I can't say I'm loving them, but it's certainly inspiring.
Black Science 13 - So, the recap page is especially helpful in this series and I've finally learned not to just skip it. It revealed to me that this is the OG Grant, but according to the video of the Grant from this world, we might have gotten him back just to lose him again? And Shawn? But maybe he grabbed a solution? On the other hand, we have Pia and Sara sharing quite the moment. We never really hear whether this Sara experienced that with her daughter, but it's a hell of a story, regardless. And it takes on an even more strident tone because we'll never find out. Despite the rapid death rate (and returns) in this book, I won't believe that Pia's going to die until I see her corpse lowered into a grave. There's too much there, especially after losing (and getting back) Grant in the original arc. But I have no idea where we'll go from here, which is typical for this book, and awesome. The back page doesn't give me a lot of reassurance along those lines, but I still believe what I believe. I also believe that having a 50 issue outline is a GREAT thing.
Spider-Gwen 3 - The thing about it is that it still basically feels like a gimmicky. Every appearance doesn't have the gravity to make it feel like it matters, it just feels like an extended inside joke. I mean, Ben Parker's there, and May is too, and the Vulture makes reference to working for Osborn and Frank Castle is a typical bully, but the only good part was the discussion between Gwen and her dad. I'm still liking it, I don't want to give the impression that I'm not, but it's got no legs – I'm not sure how long it'll last, much less keep my interest. And if the backpage is any indication, they're just going to keep it up with the jokey approach: Spider-Gwen-Man? That's stupid, even if it's just for one issue.
Book of the week goes to Black Science. I'm still torn on the monthlies versus trades, but it's a hell of a read either way.