Mind Capsules – Avengers World #8 and Red Sonja: Sanctuary

Avengers World #8

Writer – Nick Spencer
Artist – Marco Checchetto
Colours – Andres Mossa

Nick Spencer continues his chronicle of the Avengers dealing with multiple threats simultaneously with this particular issue focusing on Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Starbrand and Nightmask in the City of the Dead underneath Italy.  They have a lot on their plate as they are fighting all kinds of creatures, not to mention having to deal with their master, Morgan Le Fay.  While down underground they also happen to run into Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, and his team which is a new iteration of Euroforce.  But due to the lack of experience the Knight’s team has and coupling that with the failure of both teams to stop Morgan, it looks as if her master plan might be triumphant.  Checchetto’s pencils look fantastic in this issue and it would be nice to see him continue on as the main penciller of the book.  Spencer manages to keep the plot intriguing and the action fast.  The book is always moving with something always happening, thus making it quite fun and exciting.  Starbrand and Nightmask are the newest kids on the block they continue to be two of the most interesting aspects of the book and though their powers have been explored somewhat, more of their respective backgrounds would be nice.  Morgan Le Fay is a fantastic and classic Marvel villain and a little underused, so it is great to see her here and posed as a real threat.  Euroforce is a pretty terrible name, almost as bad as Force Works, so if they were to disband and the Knight join the Avengers full time again it is doubtful there would be very many complaints.  A good book with a lot of action, lots of suspense and not a lot to complain about.

4 out of 5

Red Sonja: Sanctuary

Writer – Marc Mason
Artist – Noah Salonga
Colours – Salvatore Aiala Studios

For once in her life, Sonja has decided to settle down and let peace take her.  In search of a friend, she arrives at Chrysalis, a place akin to a woman’s shelter, but one where you might learn and live and grow.  War and battles, men and scheming has all been put behind if you enter the walls and should desire to start anew.  Sonja even encounters her old foe Raven there as well and notices that she does not lift hand against her.  But with all things that seem perfect, there is always a flaw no matter how small to be found.  Soon Chrysalis comes tumbling down though it could have been saved if tried and Raven and Sonja become enemies once more.  Marc Mason provides a story that is something far different than what has been shown in a Red Sonja book up until now.  The artwork was serviceable but did the job it needed to, and expressed what was needed in order to get the story across.  This was actually a little surprising to read, especially considering how much our heroine likes to fight and whatnot, but it was refreshing and even emotionally moving towards the end of the book.  A fun and satisfying little done-in-one tale.

3.5 out of 5

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