Mind Capsules – Guardians of the Galaxy #16 and New 52 Futures End #8

Guardians of the Galaxy #16

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Nick Bradshaw, David Marquez, Jason Masters
Colours – Justin Ponsor, Edgar Delgado, Jose Villarrubia

The current issue of everyone’s favourite galactic avengers finds our heroes all captured and split up by various forces.  Starlord is being held by the Spartax, Gamora by the Badoon, Rocket by the Kree, Drax by the Shi’ar and Venom by the Skrulls.  And Groot?  He is nowhere in this book at all, but if you remember he was shot out onto a desert planet by the Brood.  All of our respective heroes, one way or another, manage to get out of their captivity, all that is except Drax who is set to be executed.  This turned out to be another solid book by Bendis and even though it had multiple artists, it managed to flow nicely from one segment to the next.  Having Captain Marvel in space with the team is interesting and makes for a nice dynamic but even though Venom essentially fits with his alien symbiote, he does not really seem like a good fit for the team or the book.  Hopefully Bendis can find a way to rectify that and make him gel a bit better.  The showdown with J’son and Peter has been a long time in the coming and it was great to see, not to mention the flirting Peter does with Captain Marvel.  Gamora and Angela are turning out to be one of the best duos in the entire Marvel Universe.  They started out not liking each other whatsoever, but now they are like the best of friends and they are hilarious when together.  Drax does not usually get a lot of screen time by himself, so next issue’s big battle will be great to see.  Bendis has been hitting all the right notes on the title lately and it will be a must-buy until he no longer does so.

4 out of 5

New 52 Futures End #8

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Scot Eaton
Inker – Drew Geraci
Colours – Hi-Fi

This issue, Faraday and Deathstroke have a talk, Grifter and Fifty Sue have a talk, Lois is going to take a trip out to the middle of the ocean, presumably the island Grifter and company are staying, and Superman has a talk with Jason Rusch.  Out in deep space we see Frankenstein, Amethyst and Ray Palmer recover the bodies of Stormwatch and in probably the most interesting moment of the whole book, Frank gets a new arm courtesy of Ray Palmer and Hawkman.  The deceased Hawkman.  Back on Earth in Southeast Asia there is some strange android type guy doing stuff and the book ends with Constantine in bed.  When Futures End started, it did so strong and with promise.  Lately is just seems to be meandering, going from one story to the next with very little direction.  It would be nice to see a little movement and some payoff on a few of the plotlines that are going.  Meanwhile, what is happening is starting to get tedious and boring.  The book needs more action and better focus if it is to keep people’s attention.  DC obviously has an endpoint for the title, it would be better though if they knew how they were getting there.

3 out of 5

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  1. Glad to see the Guardians of the Galaxy comic providing great entertainment! I worry that the movie will disappoint due to the heavy emphasis on comedy….but imagine if it does not! The sales for the comics will increase so much!


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