Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #21 and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #2

Uncanny Avengers #21

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Daniel Acuna
Colours – Dean White

The latest chapter of Avenge the Earth finds everything almost back to normal.  Rogue is alive, as are the rest of the heroes who were killed in previous issues as is the villain Uriel.  Now that Wolverine and company have come back in time to set things right, they must now defeat both Uriel and Eimen in the current timeline as well as stop the Celestial from destroying everything.  To do that, a plan is devised to have Rogue absorb every single power set that she can in the hopes that it will be enough.  When it is not, she receives help from Thor and from the unlikeliest of places – the Sentry.  But all of it might be for naught when they are betrayed by someone they should have expected to betray them.  Remender and Acuna keep upping the ante and the excitement in this book from issue to issue, with each one topping the last and it is a remarkable achievement for doing so.  It is great to see Rogue back, Simon and Wanda together and our heroes doing what needs to be done.  The Sentry, who is still a Horseman of Apocalypse, is quite the surprise to see helping the Avengers out, especially considering his actions and when all is said and done with this storyline, it would be nice to see if he can somehow be returned to the land of the living.  You have to love Kang’s time corps who are comprised of villains from various timelines.  They make an excellent team despite their differences and the visual of them together alone, is enough to put a smile on your face and it is one of the better things that Remender has introduced in this book.  How this story is going to end is anyone’s guess but the getting there has been exceptionally fun and exciting.

4.5 out of 5

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #2

Writer – Marc Andreyko
Artist – Piotr Kowalski
Colours – Juan Manuel Tumburus

This issue picks right up from where the previous one left off with Peloquin and his new compatriot watching one of her friends being tortured as they step in to put a stop to it.  Meanwhile Shuna Sassi’s time as a prostitute is over when she kills her senator client.  By the end of the book, our two protagonists have made their way to Midian and the issue is left on a big reveal which any fan of the book or the movie will enjoy.  This was another fun and quickly paced issue which was great by being so, but is also its biggest fault.  The book has twenty-four pages, but it reads so fast that it does not even seem like there is half that many.  Kowalski is a good artist and it is nice to see his drawings take their cue from the film in the likeness department.  Creating a connection between those that have seen the film and the readers of the book is a smart move and creates a bit of cohesiveness between the various Nightbreed properties.  A little more meat on the bones would not be a bad thing though in the story department, but so far Andreyko and Kowalski are doing a great job.

3.5 out of 5

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