Mind Capsules – Mighty Avengers #12 and Aquaman #33

Mighty Avengers #12

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Greg Land
Inker – Jay Leisten
Colours – Matt Milla

Al Ewing and company continue their tale of the 1972 Mighty Avengers consisting of Luke Cage’s dad James, The Bear, Blade, The Blue Marvel, Kaluu and James’ reporter friend, Constance.  It looks like they are about to go up against the leaders of the Deathwalkers, the ones who hold the Talisman of Kamar-Taj and control the very elements themselves.  For a little bit, they get the better of the near-immortal four until the master of water takes control of their bodies.  It does not last for long though as Adam Brashear, the Blue Marvel, lives up to his name and takes the man/creature out.  Cut to the present day and we see our heroes of the current team ready to go to war.  Mighty Avengers, from the very first issue onwards has been a consistently fun read.  Even when the various Marvel events were forced upon the book, Ewing just took the ball and rolled with it and made it work.  This current storyline has been the best the book has offered up so far.  With the perfect combination of humour, action, drama, superheroics, magic, demons and more, it hits all the right notes and delivers what only a comic book can.  The Mighty Avengers from 1972 are quite the intriguing team and it would be nice to see them continue on at some point in either a backup tale or perhaps a miniseries of their own.  Greg Land’s artwork looks great as per usual, and he might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but he has been delivering some solid work on this book and should be recognized for it.  It is really nice to see Blade on the team as he has been out of the spotlight for too long and having him be part of a team dynamic is something that is not seen very often.  If there is one Avengers book that needs more exposure due to the sheer brilliance within its pages, it is this one.  Great job by all involved.

4.5 out of 5

Aquaman #33

Writer – Jeff Parker
Artist – Paul Pelletier
Inker – Sean Parsons
Colours – Rain Beredo

Aquaman is battling for his life against Chimera.  His command over the creatures of the ocean is not working as Chimera’s bond is much stronger and thus forces those creatures to go against the sea-king.  The battle is stopped though due to some mysterious reason, so Arthur returns home to find Mera holding a number of rebels prisoner.  Meanwhile, Chimera has gone to shore to find our hero and discovers that it is able to camouflage itself with its new abilities, taking on human form.  Eventually the two meet up again to fight but not before Aquaman gets some answers from Dr. Shin about who and what this creature might be.  After a slow buildup to his run, Parker has definitely hit his stride and this issue continues the action and intrigue from the past couple of books.  Chimera is a new and formidable foe who has new powers being revealed all the time due to its unique biology.  It was quite revealing to see Arthur so helpless when he was unable to call upon the aid of the ocean creatures.  Rarely has he been put in a position such as that and to see him like that was quite refreshing in a way.  The storyline involving Mera is almost as interesting as the main plot thread and it really adds to the book to see what is happening not only to Aquaman, but to his kingdom as well.  Pelletier, our esteemed artist, keeps knocking it out of the park with each issue as his pencils get better and better.  It is safe to say that after Geoff Johns’ incredible run, the book is in good hands.

4 out of 5

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