Mind Capsules – Batman Eternal #14 and All-New Invaders #7

Batman Eternal #14

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson

Jason Fabok makes his return to artistic duties on the New 52’s first weekly as some storylines wrap up and more mysteries are made apparent.  The Penguin has had enough of hiding and Falcone has had enough of the Penguin and when they finally face off against each other, they both get arrested by Lt. Bard and his crew.  Batman makes an appearance to talk to Gordon and give him a pep talk, and also to make sure he does not use the escape route his son planned out for him.  Also, there is a little furtherance to the Arkham story and Joker’s Daughter shows her face as well.  This was an exceptional issue in the line so far as it finally wrapped up some plot threads, though it did start a couple more by doing so.  It was good to see our team of writers tie up the Falcone story in a single issue, for now at least, and that they did it so neatly.  Lt. Bard, with every passing issue, becomes a more and more complex character and it is great to see his development happening as fast as it is, as well as becoming an integral part to the Batman universe.  Great artwork by Fabok who was the first artist to draw the book, that goes hand-in-hand with the great story.  Also nice to see was another little appearance by Harper Row who is starting to become somewhat of a fixture in the book, though what part she will ultimately play remains to be seen.

4 out of 5

All-New Invaders #7

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Mark Laming
Colours – GURU-eFX

Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, continues his tale of the Second World War and the events that led up to the dropping of the atomic bomb.  Some of the events anyhow, specifically the ones they were involved in and how Gwenny, Radiance’s grandmother, stopped the Invaders from destroying the Japanese fleet.  In the end, the atomic bomb did hit Japan and things got minsconstrued.  After hearing this, Radiance loses control of her powers for a bit, but soon gains control with Jim’s help and all is sort-of forgiven.  When this title first started, it was a slowly paced and kind of boring.  Not a great start to a new book, but as the issues went on they have been getting better and better.  It looks as if James Robinson has finally found his groove on the book and it is nice to see Jim Hammond finally get a little more personality and substance to his character.  Radiance is a fantastic new hero in the Marvel Universe and it would be great to see her appear in the title on a regular basis.  The artwork by Mark Laming, coupled with the great colours by GURU-eFX really make the book pop and seem much more exciting than Steve Pugh’s did.  Pugh is a great artist and his pencils are usually quite fantastic, but they seem oddly out of place now after seeing Laming on the book.  These past two issues will definitely make you want to come back for the next one after having been the strongest so far.

4 out of 5

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