Mind Capsules – The New 52 Futures End #4 and All-New Invaders #5

The New 52 Futures End #4

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Aaron Lopresti
Inker – Art Thibert
Colours – Hi-Fi

Frankenstein returns to SHADE with a lot of threats, but ends up doing nothing which was a little disappointing in the newest issue of Futures End.  He meets Amethyst, and they are tasked with a mission to head into deep space and find out what happened to Stormwatch.  A strange choice of candidates for sure.  Red Robin is having relationship problems and is now known as Cal, some villains are planning a heist and Grifter looks to be in over his head.  This was not the most overly exciting issue, featuring very little action nor very little intrigue or suspense.  It seemed to simply be setting the book up for future storylines such as Amaya and Frank heading out into space and Red Robin’s eventual meeting with the future Batman.  Whereas Batman Eternal, DC’s other weekly has kept the pace up with nearly every single issue, it is a little frustrating to see this one drop down to essentially nothing especially as it is only the fourth issue.  Plot advancements are needed obviously, but they could throw a little conflict in to carry the book along at a little bit of a faster pace.  A good story with some good art from Lopresti, but it could have been better.

3.5 out of 5

All-New Invaders #5

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Steve Pugh
Colours – GURU-eFX

In the final part to the opening arc of the book, Gods and Monsters, the Supreme Intelligence and the rest of the Kree think they have Cap and company right where they want them when things could not be any more different.  So while Namor battles Ikaris of the Eternals and everyone else is engaged in their various fights, Captain America has a little heart to heart with the Supreme Intelligence and lays it all out on the table.  Come the end of the book, our heroes come out on top, but it was a pretty sly plan that got them there.  This was a pretty great issue from Robinson and Pugh with a nice balance of action and dialogue, moving the story to its eventual conclusion with a bit of a surprise at the end which will hopefully play out in this book or a possible miniseries.  After a slow start, Robinson has brought the Invaders back as a team now he simply needs to find a way to keep them together for future storylines.  Definitely one of Marvel’s up and coming books at the moment.

4.5 out of 5

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