First Wave #1- After the Batman/Doc Savage Special, I was looking forward to this. I always look forward to new universe being created and First Wave got the added hook of DC heroes in a non-superpower world. After reading this issue, I have to say Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales had done a good job. The pulp world they put together is interesting, alternative, and non-conventional all at the same time. The story centers Doc Savage who begins to investigate the recent death of his father and uncovers strange things about a group called the Red Right Hand. In between we are also with The Spirit in Central City on one of his crime-fighting capers and a story in the jungles of South America involving a mysterious jungle girl and a robot. It’s intriguing if nothing else but I do have a sight fear that writer Brian Azzarello may have been a little too ambitious. Azzarello did very well with Doc Savage and The Spirit and the issue is well-paced, but the cast of First Wave is huge and though I had no problems with the main characters, there were a lot of side-characters who are totally unknown to me. Still, there is enough here to get me back for more.
X-Men Noir: Mark of Cain #4- And everything finally comes together! The final issue of the series tried hard to make sense of everything; the reason for the hunt for the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, why Wanda is helping Angel, what Xavier was doing in Genosha Bay; everything was touched on. However it was a little too little, too late. The confusing story and artwork in the previous issues of X-Men Noir: Mark of Cain was just too big of a hole for one issue to dig out off. It was fun seeing a foul-mouth Kitty and watching someone getting the better of Xavier but as a whole this series was disappointing.