Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy #6 by Mirka Andolfo

Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #6Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy #6 by Mirka Andolfo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mercy comes to a stunning, disturbing and not altogether happy ending.

This series has been great and I fully intend to get the collected edition and reread it at some point, as I expect that I’ll understand it better and get less confused without breaks between issues.

There are some fascinating ideas explored in this series, particularly in regards to morality and forgiveness…and the necessity to accept that life and people are imperfect and the need to move on and accept.

Oh, and there’s a whole load of freaky gory monster stuff too.

I have to confess that the part that most excited me was the final page teaser of the sequel series, Merciless, coming in 2021. I shall certainly be picking it up!

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Avengers (2018-) #36 by Jason Aaron

Avengers (2018-) #36Avengers (2018-) #36 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I complained last issue that it was all set up that was clearly building up to something…

…and boy does that pay off in this issue!

I didn’t think the upcoming Phoenix related storyline in Avengers was going to grow out of the Age of Konshu, but I should have known Jason Aaron, and this Avengers run, better than that.

Everything so far has been building up to this. The seeds have all been sown from the very start of this run and, honestly, it’s magnificent.

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X-Factor (2020-) #4 by Leah Williams

X-Factor (2020-) #4X-Factor (2020-) #4 by Leah Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, once again I find myself reviewing a comic by someone I’ve previously worked with, having inked Carlos Gomez on several occasions…but only on covers, so I wasn’t too familiar with his sequential work, which is great here.

As it says on the cover, this is X Of Swords part 2 (of 22) and, as such, it’s very much not a continuation of the current X-Factor run. The only nod to this being an issue of X-Factor is that Polaris is central to the plot. But, I’m not even mad about that, because this is good, and makes a refreshing change to crossover tie-in issues that are only tangentially related to the crossover they’re tying in to.

This issue also resolves a very important plot point from X Of Swords, namely: How are there any stakes to a tournament in which people fight each other to the death when they can just be resurrected? The answer is…well…a spoiler…but suffice it to say that the stakes are significantly raised.

It also suggests that X Of Swords might have some significant and lasting consequences for some of the characters involved. Which is equal parts exciting and terrifying.

But what’s certain is that I’m hooked!

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020-) #4 by Alyssa Wong

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020-) #4Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020-) #4 by Alyssa Wong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A definite dip in quality this month as we seem to be essentially spinning wheels as we move from one plot point to the next.

The art is still lovely be the writing is lacking some of the zing I’d usually expect from this title. Hopefully things will pick up again next time.

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