Mind Capsules – New Avengers #21 and The New 52 Futures End #13

New Avengers #21

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Valerio Schiti, Salvador Larocca
Colours – Frank Martin, Paul Mounts

It is time for an Earth to die.  Which Earth begs the question, though readers will know there can only be one outcome.  With Doctor Strange summoning the darkest of magics and killing off the Great Society, the Black Panther being berated by his father and the ghosts of the dead Panthers before him, Maximus scheming with Black Swan and everyone else all undecided on just who should pull the trigger, it is up to one man to step up and stand behind his convictions.  One who knows just what it means to be a king and what it means to make the biggest of sacrifices.  And while the rest of the Illuminati quake in fear of their morals and the possibility of losing themselves should they do the unthinkable, Namor steps up to the plate.  With the fate of two worlds in the balance, Jonathan Hickman really knows how to balance the drama amongst the action in this book.  While some members battle it out such as Black Bolt, others must deal with their conscience like the Black Panther.  Killing a world is no easy task, definitely not one that is performed even once in a lifetime, but seeing Namor step up, a man who has ruled a nation for decades, was a little awe-inspiring.  While the other members of the team play at being kings and gods among their fellow man, Namor truly is a king and he knows that sometimes they have to make the hard decisions.  Namor might be a little rude at times and maybe a little abrupt, but if he must play the part of world-killer to save his people, then he will do so.  This turned out to be an absolutely fantastic issue and one of the best in the series so far.

5 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #13

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Patrick Zircher
Colours – Hi-Fi

Mr. Terrific is having a few doubts as to what he did was right or not.  Outing the future Batman as a menace to the public might have been the right move or possibly a terrible one.  Grifter investigates the compound where he is being held to see what other surprises aside from the Earth 2 captives are in store.  Red Robin gets robbed at his bar only to get his stuff back later, Terry McGinnis has already lost his allies and Big Barda is in for some trouble.  Issue thirteen of DC’s second weekly is a pretty decent issue that was actually split into its different stories quite well and also provided the reader with some new information such as the fact that Earth 2 may no longer exist and that much of its population now resides upon the main DC Earth.  It was nice to see that revelation come to light as it starts to explain some of the things that are going on and why Big Barda is in hiding.  While there was not a whole lot of exciting moments, with some actual story progression, the book was better than many of the recent issues.  Great job by the writing team and some nice artwork from Patrick Zircher as well.  It would be nice to see if the next issue can keep up the momentum started here.

3.5 out of 5

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