Mind Capsules – Aquaman #29 and Indestructible Hulk #20

Aquaman #29

Writer – Jeff Parker
Artist – Paul Pelletier

Humans of course, like to meddle in things where they do not belong and this issue shows that to be the case once again. This time they unknowingly open a rift that was sealed many ages before by a former king of Atlantis and unleashing a horde of demons upon the Earth. Aquaman heads on over to stop it, and reclaim his trident that was used to open the rift, and by the end of the book, manages to get beaten soundly by the son of Zeus – the mighty Hercules. Hercules, at the time, also managed to get himself trapped in hell, no thanks to that former King of Atlantis. Jeff Parker had the unenviable job of following Geoff Johns on the book, but in doing so, he has been making it his own and ramping up the action and the threats against our hero. Really great to see Parker tying two ancient cultures together and bringing in some Olympian mythology in the form of Hercules. While the book is on an upswing with this issue, it still does not have that hook that makes it hard to put down. With Paul Pelletier on art and Parker getting a good grasp of the character, the book is headed in that direction.

4 out of 5

Indestructible Hulk #20

Writer – Mark Waid
Artist – Joe Bennett

The final issue of the Indestructible Hulk finds Banner and crew dealing with the ramifications of his assistant’s transformation and his subsequent kidnapping by a scientist named Goodrich who just happens to have plans of his own to study the people affected by the Terrigen mists. Not a bad ending to the Humanity Bomb storyline that just seemed to go on for far too long which featured some artwork from Joe Bennett and was better than the book has seen in some time with its constant fill-ins. For a book that started out really strong both in concept, art and writing, it degenerated with its constant rotating artwork and less than exciting storylines. So even though it might be too late, at least until the next reboot, the last issue was great to see it getting a lot better than it had been. Nice little bit of humour with Banner’s journal password and a shocking surprise ending set the book up for its next run. Well done on all fronts.

4 out of 5

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