Mind Capsules – Elektra #3 and The New 52 Futures End #7

Elektra #3

Writer – W. Haden Blackman
Artist – Michael Del Mundo
Colours – Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso

The book opens with Bloody Lips ruminating and eating part of a giant monster so as to gain its abilities and because he simply cannot stop eating things now.  Kento and Elektra meanwhile make it to Cape Crow’s hideout underneath the ocean and find that he was there not too long ago.  Bloody Lips catches up to them finally and battle for the first time and possibly, the last time.  This book featured some excellent work by our creative team that has Elektra unwillingly facing her past while Bloody Lips had actively gone in search of it to sate his hunger (because he wanted to eat her and gain the memories of her kills!).  The book is highly creative and continues to show it off with the continual and innovative panel designs by Del Mundo, as well as the luscious artwork that graces every page.  The unconventional names of the various characters such as Bloody Lips and Cape Crow are very inventive as well as the character of Bloody Lips himself, and they really add a lot just by existing and proving that Marvel can try different things when new writers are allowed to play in the Marvel sandbox.  Blackman also continues his exploration of Elektra’s psyche, finding out what makes her tick and why she does what she does.  This is definitely one of Marvel’s outside-the-norm books, but it is also one of its best.

4.5 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #7

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

Black Adam and Frankenstein battle it out in the Phantom Zone with Frank and the team barely escaping and our favourite monster losing an arm in the process.  Lois has a chat with Cal’s (Red Robin’s) girlfriend, wondering why she thinks she knows what she knows.  Cut to Cadmus Island where Grifter is being held and he is told that soon he will be paired up with Deathstroke who is also on the island.  Mr. Terrific heads over to Madison Square Park to investigate the future Batman and gets taken down in the process with a strange discovery leaving the book on a small cliff-hanger.  The book started out quite exciting with the big fight and leads to an interesting discovery featuring Slade Wilson and then just sort of ended on low note.  It was not that seeing Terry McGuinness take out Mr. Terrific was not any fun, but it would probably have worked better if the book had run in reverse and left us with a bigger bang of an ending.  Seeing the SHADE team come out into deep space with the bodies of Stormwatch floating everywhere would have had greater impact than what was actually shown.  The seventh issue of DC’s weekly series ultimately was entertaining and had a good story with some even better art by Aaron Lopresti who should be on this book full-time.

3.5 out of 5

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