Mind Capsules – Avengers World #12 and Rocket Raccoon #3

Avengers World #12

Writer – Nick Spencer
Artist – Marco Checchetto
Colours – Andres Mossa

The current issue of Avengers World still finds our heroes facing off against the forces of Morgan Le Fey which almost seem limitless at this point.  The book also focuses upon the members of Euroforce and leader Dane Whitman, the Black Knight.  It is an interesting team, made up of members Sliver, Tiger, The Baby Killer, Swordswoman and Tumult.  The book is fast and frenetic in its pacing though criminally short in the page count with only sixteen actual pages of story and art.  What it lacks for in measure, it more than makes up for in quality as the writing is taut and suspenseful from author Nick Spencer.  We have not seen the Black Knight for some time and while a little background is given, there is not enough of it.  While it is possible Spencer would come back to it later on, it would have been nice to see just a little more in this issue.  The team members do not seem like they are the most upstanding of people, but what they might lack personally, they more than make up for it professionally, standing just as tall as the Avengers in their fight against Le Fey’s undead hordes.  Marco Checchetto’s artwork in the meantime is looking better than ever.  With every issue that passes, he keeps topping himself and the book is just beautiful.  We also get a little cameo of Sebastian Druid, son of Doctor Druid who is there to help them out and then, is not.  Sadly, while the book was entertaining on the whole and a lot of fun, it did little to further the plot whatsoever.  Hopefully there is a little movement on the story front next issue as well as an increase in the page count.

4 out of 5

Rocket Raccoon #3
Rocket Raccoon #3

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

Rocket and Macho Gomez are in the middle of a firefight, in space, trying to get away from Rocket’s ex-girlfriend who wants to kill him.  In the face.  Luckily they have a teleportation guppy to get them out of there and soon they arrive on Funtzel’s planet, the man they are heading to see.  After a lot of bickering on the way to Funtzel’s, at Funtzel’s and with Funtzel, Rocket finally comes face to face with the person who has been trying to set him up.  If there is one thing you can say about this series, it is truly one of the funniest books being published right now.  Not simply because of the script which is quite humourous or the way Rocket acts, but all of that coupled with the inventive artwork by Skottie Young.  There are a lot of sight gags within the pages which help to drive home the humour, as well as doing things in a non-conventional format that other writers and artists might not do such as having fish-cars and the like.  The book is big and bold and extremely colourful thanks to Jean-Francois Beaulieu and everything just pops off the page.  Almost everything in this book is the exact opposite of what is going on in the main Guardians book, the Star-Lord book or any other title at Marvel that it almost seems like a guilty pleasure reading it.  The only negative that can be found is that while it is an all-ages title, there is an awful lot of bleeped out swears.  Maybe kids will not be able to figure out what it means exactly, but maybe they will and while it does suit Rocket’s personality, a little less might be more prudent.  Other than that, the book is quite fantastic and with Young at the helm there can only be good things ahead.

4 out of 5

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