Mind Capsules – Iron Man #24 and Batman Eternal #1

Iron Man #24

Writer – Kieron Gillen
Artist – Luke Ross
Colours – Guru e-FX

The twenty-fourth chapter of Iron Man’s current volume finds him up against Malekith and the Dark Elves in the second chapter of Rings of the Mandarin.  Tony is trying to retrieve the rings, the main problem being they reside on Malekith’s fingers, so he has a bit of work to do to accomplish that goal.  Helping him on the task is Dark Angel which is a little different than the norm, but welcome.  And we also get a bit of story with Arno Stark in the future.  Gillen has been doing some good stuff with our hero, and stirring things up a bit with his storylines.  Also great to see Tony go up against someone he might not be able to beat, though of course he has another set of armour to help him out.  When does he not have a set of armour for a particular circumstance?  Luke Ross does a great job on pencils which look really polished and slick and are a big step up from what he was doing even a couple of years ago.  Hopefully Gillen remains on the book for a long run as what he has been doing is quite exciting and fresh.

4 out of 5

Batman Eternal #1

Writer – Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson

A rookie cop by the name of Bard has come to Gotham for a job at Gordon’s request.  As he is arriving, Gordon and Batman are battling Pyg and his thugs who are causing death and destruction.  Chasing one of the suspects down into the subway, Gordon shoots at him, or through him and supposedly causes two trains to collide head on with Batman and everyone else unable to stop them.  Bard then makes his first arrest, which just so happens to be Jim Gordon.  This was a decent enough book with the introduction of a new character and a whole lot of action to carry the story along.  Better to start off with a bang as they say.  Pyg is a disinteresting villain to say the least and removing him from the equation and just having random street thugs would not have made the slightest bit of difference.  Snyder and Tynion do a good job and set the book  up for what looks to be a large story to come.  As a weekly book, it will be intriguing to see if DC and company can keep the quality up and keep it consistent at the same time.  As a first chapter, it was good, but nothing we really have not seen before.

3.5 out of 5

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