Mind Capsules – The New 52 Futures End #6 and All-New Invaders #6

The New 52 Futures End #6

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Patrick Zircher
Colours – Hi-Fi

Frankenstein was none too happy when SHADE came knocking.  He liked it even less when they wanted him to join them once again and even less than that when he was told the mission would be in space.  Now to get there, he has been told they must travel through the Phantom Zone and it does even less to improve his temperament.  Meanwhile back on Earth, Lois has a chat with the guy she thinks is Red Robin (and she is right), and Mr. Terrific thinks he has found the new Batman (and he is also right).  A much improved issue from our team of writers who inject a dose of fun into our undead hero, Frankenstein.  The Red Robin storyline proves to be a source of intrigue and enjoyment though it remains to be seen just where they are going with it.  There is an appearance by Superman that people have been talking about, though it is minor in comparison to the surprise appearance by another character that really steals the show and makes this book all the much better going forward.  Future fun by DC and all involved.

4 out of 5

All-New Invaders #6

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Mark Laming
Colours – GURU-eFX

Radiance is a new Japanese-American hero, who has been around awhile in Japan but is now making her way stateside in a bid to get her career going and be as big in North America as she is back overseas.  But arriving here she manages to get zapped by the Watcher’s eye, which ties the book into the Original Sin event currently going on.  She finds out that her grandmother, who was with the original Invaders, Golden Girl to be exact, had something to do with the atomic bomb that fell on that fateful day and that they were in a position to stop it.  A big claim and a big secret.  Robinson does not do too much to showcase the team at this point, instead focusing on Jim Hammond and his return to an active lifestyle, at this point, with SHIELD.  It is actually a fairly decent story that does not feature very much action, but it does delve back into the team’s history and gives us a look at a chapter that we have never seen before.  Mark Laming provides some pretty good artwork for this issue and for whatever reason the colours look so much brighter than the previous books which is really nice.  This is the first of a two-part story and it does a good job of setting up the story and the background for next issue’s payoff.

4 out of 5

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