Mind Capsules – Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #3 and Aquaman Annual #2

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #3

Writer – Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko
Artist – Piotr Kowalski
Colours – Juan Manuel Tumburus

Boone is being shown the ropes around Midian as well as getting a history lesson in the place as Peloquin looks on with a little disgust.  The book then cuts away to 1478 where a young woman is chased through the streets of Turin while in 1968 a young priest named Walden finds himself seduced by the opposite sex.  Out in the hills of Turin the townsfolk chase the woman to a cave where she is more than scared and defensive because of the eggs she has laid, though when they hatch, the priest among them considers the children a miracle instead of monsters.  Meanwhile, Walden is not all that he seems as the seduction does not go quite as planned.  In a book of monsters, Andreyko introduces us to two more of a very different sort.  The book while still seeming short is better paced than the last two, perhaps by the lack of action.  By no means is it a slow read nor is it boring as this tale of monsters and their hidden city is fascinating as it slowly unfolds issue by issue.  Just where it is going remains to be seen at this moment, but so far the ride has been quite interesting.  Kowalski’s art is still great to look at and his pages are often beautiful, sometimes disturbing and sometimes both simultaneously.  This is a book that has gotten better as it has moved along and hopefully can keep it up both in terms of quality and momentum.

3.5 out of 5

Aquaman Annual #2

Writer – Jeff Parker
Artist – Yvel Guichet, Alvaro Martinez
Inker – Jason Gorder, Wayne Faucher, Raul Fernandez
Colours – Nathan Eyring

Aquaman and Wonder Woman are on the hunt for the Giant-Born.  They have only been on the loose for a little while, but even the shortest amount of time is too long for the longer they remain loose, the more people the monsters will kill.  They find the first group hiding out in France, luring tourists and the like in with their siren-songs and draining them of their lives nice and slow thanks to a mystical stone.  At first it looks as if Wonder Woman and Aquaman might be defeated but they soon come out on top with some help.  It is in the Aegean Sea where Wonder Woman and her companion Mera find the remaining group, taking shelter in a cove where boaters and kids who throw parties like to go.  It is the perfect spot for the creatures but when our heroines show up, the monster’s trap just so happens to trap them as well.  For an annual, this one was pretty good.  Jeff Parker picks up the threads from his run in Aquaman and continues them here and tying up the story nice and neat, at least for the moment.  There is no sign of Hercules, but having Wonder Woman and Mera appear more than makes up for it.  The artwork is great and the story fun and exciting.  Parker knows what he is doing here and it is good to see the sea-king in such good hands.

4 out of 5

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