Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #23 and Superman #34

Uncanny Avengers #23
Uncanny Avengers #23

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Sanford Greene
Colours – Dean White

The battle with Kang and the Apocalypse twins is over and now it is time for the team to heal.  But after some downtime, it seems Havok will forever wear his scars and Rogue, who had learned how to control her powers the last few years, is now unable to do so.  What makes matters worse is that Simon, Wonder Man, is still trapped within her.  Janet and Havok are having a hard time trying to adjust to life without their daughter, Sunfire is changed and the Red Skull is up to something that cannot be any good for anybody.  This was an interesting issue by Remender as it does not really tie into any larger story, and is more like a rest-stop in-between larger events.  We do not usually get too many done-in-one issues from the man, so it was nice to have one before the next story arc gets up and running.  Also good to see is that the book has caught up to the current Captain America timeline with Cap now being an old man and puts things into a little bit of perspective as to when they take place.  It looks like Rogue will be a central focus for some time to come as the team tries to figure out a way to fix her up and separate Simon from her body.  With AXIS starting soon, Remender has included some lead-up to that in the book, making this issue a must-read for those that are going to be following the fall event.  With Daniel Acuna earning a well-earned break, Sanford Greene comes on board as penciller and while his art is distinct from Acuna’s, the colouring by Dean White really adds a level of familiarity to it so as not to be such a jarring break from what everyone has come to expect on the book.  Great stuff per usual from the team and a book that leaves us looking forward to more.

4 out of 5

Superman #34
Superman #34

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – John Romita Jr.
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Laura Martin

Superman and Ulysses, or Neil, are at his parent’s house, the same parents who shot Neil into the fourth dimension when their science experiment went awry.  The meeting is bittersweet for Superman as so much about Neil and his experiences reminds him of himself.  The only difference is that Superman will never get to meet his family alive and well like Neil has just done.  That night the two get a lead on the creatures that are attacking Metropolis and it leads them to the scrapyard, or more accurately underneath it.  Once there, they meet The Machinist and because of him, Ulysses does something unforgivable.  Johns and company continue the new adventures of Superman and three issues in; it is still as refreshing as the first book they put their stamp upon.  Ulysses is a fascinating character and with his similarities to Superman, it is interesting to see how they compare, and how they differ.  With the cliff-hanger the book was left on, it will be intriguing to see if this partnership can last or if Ulysses soon becomes a villain.  Best of all, it is nice to find Superman a character, and a book, that you want to read after so many years of mediocrity.  There have been stories here and there that have done him justice, but Johns and Romita seem to have the magic touch on this title and hopefully, it will remain as so for many years to come.

4 out of 5

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