Sunday is here, which means it's time for our next edition of "Reading Things" where I recap everything I've been reading through during this last week. And unlike the last few weeks, I've actually been able to find some time to read!
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman - I'll be honest, I didn't know what I was getting into with this book until I started reading it. Gaiman clearly has a passion for the Norse Gods (see Sandman, American Gods, etc), and he tells a little of that story in the intro to this book. Basically the Nordic myths affected him early in his life, and this book is a retelling of many of the stories that would have been told around the fire. He makes a great point in the introduction about the fact that many old stories and myths have been lost over time, so he is trying to recapture some of them here. If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman or the stories of Odin, Thor and Loki, you'll love this book. You can also read my full review of Norse Mythology here: https://www.thefresnerd.com/home/2017/4/10/norse-mythology-review
X-Men Gold #1 - We won't go into the controversy that came along with this issue (although you can read that here http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/04/08/marvel-releases-statement-on-controversial-x-men-gold-art/ or read the artist's response here http://www.cbr.com/x-men-gold-artist-controversy/). Rather, I just want to say that this is an interesting start to a new X-Men arc. I love Kitty Pryde as a leader, and I love that she recognizes her inability to choose a name (kind of like the jokes about her inability to choose a costume when she was part of the Guardians of the Galaxy). This story has the X-Men trying to rebuild public trust after their war with the Inhumans (I'll admit I read the first issue of that series, but I just can't get myself to care about the Inhumans so I never finished). Kitty gives a nice speech to the public, basically acknowledging that they need to regain public trust. Overall, I enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.
All-New Wolverine #19 - I chose a great time to get back into the All-New Wolverine series. A new story is starting, with Laura Kinney continuing to team up with her young protege Gabby. An alien has crash landed on Earth, and only manages to say two words before dying: "Laura Kinney". If there's a weakness to this particular issue/story, it is one that I'm bothered by in a lot of comics recently. Both Iron Heart and Captain Marvel make appearances in this story, and as much as I love them, I also want a comic that has a central focus. Sure, all these people are in the same world, but why can't we get more stories that just focus on one character?
The Unbelievable Gwenpool: Head of M.O.D.O.K. - Gwenpool is a series I wish I had gotten into earlier. It's cleverly written and had me literally laughing out loud multiple times. The general concept that she is from our world, and knows that she is in a comic is sort of silly, but it's fun. Obviously there's a play on Deadpool here, but rather than being crazy, she truly does know what's going on with everyone's backstory. This is a series that I can accept lots of other Marvel characters showing up, because it just adds to the silliness.
The Week Ahead
So what's on the docket for this week? I borrowed Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution a while back, and I'm finally caught up with things enough to read it. I've also got the first volume of Saga to read. I hadn't heard of this until a week or so ago, and I've only heard good things. Finally, I do have Civil War II from the library. I've read several of the tie-ins (Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy) and stories since the even ended, so I've got a decent idea of where this is going, but I'm still going to get through this.
How about you, dear reader? What amazing things are you reading that I should be as well? Leave your thoughts and recommendations in the comments!