Mind Capsules – Avengers World #7 and The New 52 Future’s End #5

Avengers World #7

Writer – Nick Spencer
Artist – Stefano Caselli
Colours – Andres Mossa

The Falcon just seems to be everywhere these days, being in Captain America, Mighty Avengers and this book as well.  Currently, he is off to find Shang Chi who was last seen battling Gorgon.  While searching he notices a giant ship in the sky, and after landing finds out that it is called the Ring and belongs to China and their new spy organization, S.P.E.A.R..  China has decided they are done relying upon others for aid when they have the ability to aid themselves and so not only have they created for themselves a peacekeeping force, but a new super-team as well called The Ascendants consisting of members Weather Witch, Saber, Vector, Devastator, and Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.  Spencer and Caselli deliver a great book with not a whole lot of action, but an introduction of a new superpower making their presence known and not letting the Americans be the only ones to police the world.  The Ascendants, who get little screen time so far, look like quite an intriguing team, but only time will tell just how well they perform.  This should create some interesting scenarios with S.H.I.E.L.D. later on and it is hopeful that this is something that is played out across the Marvel Universe and not just contained to this single title.  Definitely a book that keeps on getting better.

4 out of 5

The New 52 Future’s End #5

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Jesus Merino
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Hi-Fi

It is Techmas, courtesy of Mr. Terrific, which is great for him while Grifter lies paralyzed at the hands of Max Faraday which is not so great for him.  In fact, it has to be the worst thing that has ever happened to the man.  Ronnie Raymond finally decides to let Jason Rusch out of the Firestorm matrix after weeks of being trapped inside to which they vow never to become the hero again.  All of that and Constantine too!  So this was not the most exciting of issues, and it is getting a little disappointing as the series started out so strong and now has just become a little boring.  Sure, things have to be set up for future issues, but the book has yet to find that perfect balance so as not to lose readers or interest.  The Firestorm resolve was good to see, though you know that it cannot be the end of the story, where Grifter’s looks as if it is just beginning.  There are some OMACs in here, for what reason is unclear as is the mystery symbol at the end.  Probably the weakest issue so far, but not terrible.

3 out of 5

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