Mind Capsules – Avengers World #9 and Batman Eternal #15

Avengers World #9

Writer – Nick Spencer
Artist – Stefano Caselli
Colours – Andres Mossa

While the various teams of Avengers are off on their respective missions, Sunspot and Cannonball are stuck in the middle of AIM Island.  Relaxing.  So Maria gets in touch and has a mission for them as she has just learned that AIM has been advancing so quickly by getting tech from the future.  The mission of course, is to stop it.  It also looks like Jocasta, probably ‘a’ Jocasta and not ‘the’ Jocasta, is working for SHIELD now, and will hopefully be explained in a future issue of the book.  This was actually a lot of fun by Spencer and Caselli and a nice break from the serious tone going on in the previous issues of the series.  Sam and Roberto always make a good comedy duo and it was quite funny to get a Back to the Future reference.  There is also a cool little shot of them watching the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in one panel, and whoever thought that up deserves a pat on the back.  The last page of the book does not necessarily leave it on a cliff-hanger, but it does provide an iteration of something we have seen many times before.  What works about that last page is that it makes you want to tune in for the next issue and want to see more because it hits all the right curiosity buttons.  This was a really fun and light issue by Marvel, Spencer, Caselli and Mossa.  Whether it jumps back to one of the other story-lines or not, it would be nice to see this one play out next issue.

4 out of 5

Batman Eternal #15

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Dustin Nguyen
Inker – Derek Fridolfs
Colours – John Kalisz

Batwing and Jim Corrigan, the Spectre, finally make their return to the book as they investigate the strange going-ons in Arkham Asylum.  Seems the place is full of mystical nastiness and even though Jim warns Batwing to go, he stays.  Red Robin is set to start his investigation in Tokyo and Harper Row decides to help out wearing a blue Grifter mask. Batgirl and the Red Hood are doing their investigation in the meantime when Batwoman makes her presence known.  Bats and Bard make up as well in this book, which is pretty quick after their previous argument.  There is a lot going on in this issue, which, being packed full of storylines makes it worth it and never seems to be confusing.  Nice to see Corrigan and Batwing make their return to the supernaturally infected Arkham Asylum.  How Joker’s Daughter plays into all this still remains to be seen, but will most likely be revealed in time.  A villain is revealed at the end of the book that appears to be a new creation.  He has an interesting name and must have something to do with what is going on at the Asylum, but just what it is and where he came from has yet to be shown.  This was a good issue and it was nice to see that our writers had not forgotten our mystical detective whom they had introduced to the title some time back.

3.5 out of 5

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