Mind Capsules – Rocket Raccoon #2 and The New 52 Futures End #14

Rocket Raccoon #2

Writer – Skottie Young
Artist – Skottie Young
Colours – Jean-Francois Beaulieu

After surrendering to the proper authorities last issue, Rocket starts busting out the movie and television lingo to toy with his captors before finally requesting to go to a maximum penitentiary.  Of course, they oblige him.  Rocket has a plan though and it involves smuggling Groot into the prison, in his mouth, only to break out with someone else whom he needs for everything to come to fruition.  That man, or alien – Macho Gomez!  Everything goes according to said plan, at least up until a point and then things do not look too good.  Skottie Young, the writer and artist of the book delivers another solid issue, which was actually more enjoyable than the first issue was.  The scenes in the prison were quite funny as Rocket tries to make nice with the other inmates, one of them actually being Xemnu the Titan.  It is so random that it makes for one of the best cameos in recent Marvel memory.  The prison break montage was expertly done and quite enjoyable to follow Rocket and Groot as they make their way throughout the prison system, all the meanwhile keeping the banter going.  The best thing about Macho Gomez is his name and his ride; otherwise he looks like just another alien in the book.  Nice bright colours by Jean-Francois Beaulieu really top the book off along with a cliff-hanger of an ending to keep you coming back for more.  This title has turned out to be a big surprise and is a really great book for children of all ages.

4 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #14

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Aaron Lopresti
Inker – Art Thibert
Colours – Hi-Fi

The showdown continues from last issue with Barda and Emiko facing off against Fifty Sue and Deathstroke.  Barda actually turns out to be a little useless in the fight with Emiko actually taking both of the villains out.  Meanwhile, Terry McGinnis is having his villain partners get the better of him until Plastique puts a stop to it, Cal impresses his girlfriend, Grifter and Fifty Sue break into the Earth 2 prison and Lois makes a startling discovery.  This issue turned out to be quite interesting and nice to see was Lois finally making some headway on her investigation.  The Batman Beyond arc is just spinning its wheels at the moment which is kind of a shame while the Grifter plot is moving along quite nicely.  The main problem with the book still is that there are too many plots running at the same time and there are not enough pages to deal with each and every one of them every single issue.  It would be nice to see some real movement on the Cal (Red Robin) front as most of the time he is only delegated a page or two.  By the time the author’s get around to showing what is really going on with him it will be twenty issues from now.  Batman Eternal wrapped some up, it cannot be so hard to do the same here.  On the other hand, with each passing issue it looks as if the Earth 2 characters are going to be playing a big part in the book soon which should make for some really interesting storylines if it comes to fruition as they are some of the best characters in one of DC’s best books at the moment.  This was a really good issue with more revelations to come, hopefully next issue.

3.5 out of 5

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