Mind Capsules – Batman Eternal #11 and Thor: God of Thunder #23

Batman Eternal #11

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Ian Bertram
Colours – Dave Stewart

When cracking open this week’s chapter of DC’s first weekly series in the New 52, the first thought that happened to form was ‘what is going on in this book?’  It was not because of the content, but the artwork that took a few minutes to process, and that what was on the page was indeed real.  And it was.  The art was far different than anything that had been seen in this title previously or anything that had been seen in the New 52 even.  It was shocking and so jaw-dropping, so different and it looked as if it had crawled from the pages of a Fantagraphics book and definitely had no place being here.  But after reading the issue, said artwork by Ian Bertram really starts to grow on you with its expressive and kinetic style.  And reaching the end, it can be stated that it would be incredibly satisfying to see Bertram’s work on every single issue from here on out.  That diverseness and outsider quality, all of the things that make it so different, make it incredibly appealing.  Whether it was a one-off or whether there will be more, it was a great decision on DC’s part for trying something out of the box.  All of that aside, Batgirl continues her investigation trying to clear her father, Alfred and Julia sort out some family stuff, Stephanie Brown learns some stuff about her father and Batman and Catwoman have a few words courtesy of our team of writers.  A satisfying issue made all the better by the addition of Mr. Bertram.

3.5 out of 5

Thor: God of Thunder #23

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Esad Ribic
Colours – Ive Svorcina

King Thor and his daughters continue their battle with Old Galactus while Thor in the present day faces off against Ulik and The Minotaur.  King Thor has retrieved the God Butcher’s weapon so that he might defeat Galactus once and for all as current timeline Thor now knows that The Minotaur and Dario Agger are one and he does not have to hold back any longer.  Both battles are fierce and rage hard with gods and villains holding nothing back.  In the end, both Thors are triumphant but not without a cost, one that is made apparent in the present and one that yet remains to be seen in the future.  Great work by Jason Aaron once again this week delivering two solid books, the other being Original Sin #4.  The fifth part of The Last Days of Midgard seemed to run on sheer adrenaline from start to finish with every page by Ribic looking like it should be hanging in a gallery somewhere.  Roz Solomon is turning out to be a standout supporting character as are the daughters of King Thor and it would be nice if they remained in the title for many moons to come.  It has been stressed in many Marvel books that have come before that Galactus is integral to the universe, so what it means for the future timeline with King Thor now that Galactus is no more, will provide some interesting storylines if followed up on.  Thor: God of Thunder remains one of Marvel’s best books ever since the NOW! initiative and it is good to see it continuing along as strong as ever.

5 out of 5

2 replies »

  1. Wow! Big score on Thor! I’m not really into the character and the movies handle him like he is a joke! I’m guessing the comic version of him is much better! He sounds badass dealing with so many enemies at once!


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