Mind Capsules – The New 52 Futures End #11 and 100th Anniversary X-Men #1

The New 52 Futures End #11

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Georges Jeanty
Inker – Cam Smith
Colours – Hi-Fi

Grifter’s partner Justin from issues past still thinks he is alive and relates as such to Voodoo who is going to look after him now.  Our spacefaring team consisting of Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman are still on the hunt for the Stormwatch member that might still be alive while Mr. Terrific goes on national television to enlist the public’s help in finding Batman Beyond and the JLA try and convince Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch to become Firestorm again.  After a couple of good issues, this book does not end up doing too much except having our various heroes essentially wondering what they are going to do next.  The public call to help could work for Mr. Terrific or it could backfire completely with a million crank calls.  Other than Frankenstein trying to crack a joke, nothing really happened with that particular team.  Having the JLA, or what stands for it in the future try and step in to help out Ronnie and Jason did not exactly go as planned though Ronnie finally admitted his part in Green Arrow’s death.  Hopefully things pick back up next issue.

3 out of 5

100th Anniversary X-Men #1

Writer – Robin Furth
Artist – Jason Masters
Colours – James Campbell, Vero Gandini

This issue of X-Men find the President of the United States, Cyclops, having trouble sleeping.  Luckily his wife Emma is there to help him out, until she is seemingly killed.  Later on Scott is wondering where his wife is, but nobody seems to know what he is talking about and he then believes that she has been wiped from everybody’s memory.  While some of the X-Men deal with the rioters outside the White House, the rest of the gang start looking to see if there is an omega level telepath around that might have caused the memory loss.  Instead, Scott is confronted by the Phoenix.  This was quite the interesting issue in Marvel’s 100th Anniversary line of one-shots.  It shows what would possibly have happened in the Marvel Universe should the book still be published many years from now.  With Furth at the helm, it seems to have just kept on ticking like it never stopped.  The ending of the book left something to be desired though, as it seemed like a definitive end to the X-Men and a bit of a cop-out.  The artwork was pretty good by Jason Masters, but the best bit of the entire book was the recap page detailing events that have not taken place as of yet, and probably never will.  Decent, but not fantastic.

3 out of 5

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