Mind Capsules – Batman Eternal #10 and The Blood Queen #1

Batman Eternal #10

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Riccardo Burchielli
Colours – Dave McCaig

Bruce has Julia Pennyworth at home in Wayne Manor and she wants nothing to do with Alfred while Cluemaster believes that his daughter Stephanie is dead, though once he finds out to the opposite, he should be pretty angry.  Catwoman is still being held by Falcone from last issue and it looks bad until Professor Pyg decides to bust in and take everyone hostage.  This would not be a Batman book if he did not come in to save the day, which he does, and he and Catwoman clean house.  He stops Selina from putting an end to Falcone as there will be another time to do so, and then she reveals something she heard when in captivity which leaves Bats questioning as the book ends.  A fairly good issue from our creative team who bring back Professor Pyg once again to cause some havoc.  The sub-plot involving Julia and Alfred looks like it will turn into something interesting as the book goes onwards as does the one between Catwoman and Falcone as more comes to light over their shared past.  The Stephanie Brown storyline seems to be picking up just a wee bit of steam and it would be nice if they fleshed that out just a bit sooner rather than later, though with all the plotlines that are going on, it does not look like that will be the case anytime soon.  Not the best book of the series so far, but a good one with a fair bit of action.

3.5 out of 5

The Blood Queen #1

Writer – Troy Brownfield
Artist – Fritz Casas
Colours – Mark Powers, Kirsty Swan

The book starts out with a grisly looking sacrifice and then cuts to Sir Ferenc riding towards the Far Forest to fetch one of the witches so that they might heal the king’s child.  The elder witch who was summoned refuses but instead sends Elizabeth as she is more skilled.  Once back at the castle, Elizabeth promises to help the child even though she was told not to promise anything in case of possible consequences should she fail.  Elizabeth soon determines that the baby was ensorcelled using the forbidden blood magic and counters it with her own.  After that is said and done they seek out the perpetrators of the crime and find that it only leads to more questions.  The book ends on some of those questions but also raises some for the reader such as why Elizabeth was also practicing those forbidden rites.  This was a solid new title from Dynamite that is written by Troy Brownfield and one that takes a little historical inspiration, but is a story all its own.  Elizabeth as the protagonist is someone the reader can get behind for the moment, at least as it remains to be seen whether she is truly a good person or a villain at heart.  The artwork by Fritz Casas is solid and effective at portraying what it needs to and hopefully he remains on the book without any fill-in artists.  Depending on where the story goes, it could be quite a suspenseful little tale and the first issue at least, makes you want to tune in for the second.  A good start by all involved.

3.5 out of 5

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