Mind Capsules – Avengers #35 and Batman Eternal #24

Avengers #35
Avengers #35

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Jim Cheung, Paco Medina, Nick Bradshaw, Dustin Weaver
Inker – Mark Morales, Guillermo Ortego, Juan Vlasco, Nick Bradsaw, Dustin Weaver
Colours – Frank Martin, David Curiel

Eight Months Later begins here with Earth becoming the focus of the universe once again as cosmic mystery unfolds and due to that, Ex Nihilo and his companions make their way toward the planet to find out just what it is the Avengers are up to.  The book also finds Roberto Dacosta the head of A.I.M., Cannonball living off-world with a child, Thor and Hyperion living in the Savage Land, the Avengers falling under S.H.I.E.L.D. purview with a Civil War-like state of being starting to happen once again between the heroes of the Earth.  And there is even more without giving too much away.  This issue by Hickman and company is utterly fascinating simply by how much they pack into this book.  It also piques your curiosity to the fullest extent, wondering just what went on during those eight months that were skipped.  Amadeus Cho makes an appearance in the book and it is a little surprising to see him, but good nonetheless.  The artwork was good, if a little hodgepodge with four different artists on the title.  The best thing about it was that each artist drew their own segment instead of finishing up someone else’s.  The last issue left off with Captain America gathering up the Avengers to face off against the Illuminati and then seeing how everything ended up now is quite a leap in events.  There is so much stuff going on in this book, so many new status quo’s that are established by Hickman that whatever happened in that missing time has got to do with Captain America and the face-off we have yet to see.  This was an absolutely riveting issue by everyone involved and the last page leaves you salivating to see what happens next.

5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #24
Batman Eternal #24

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins
Artist – Andy Clarke
Colours – Blond

Spoiler finally returns to the pages of Batman Eternal and it finds her spying on her dad and a mysterious figure from which he is receiving his orders.  As readers of the title know, it is probably Hush, though the writers could be throwing a curveball with this one.  Batman is having a little trouble contacting Batwing and is starting to figure out that something might be wrong at Arkham Asylum.  And the book ends with Spoiler outwitting and outrunning her dad as he tries to kill her for what she knows and the trouble she has been causing.  Though this issue seemed a little short, though in fact it was not, it was a great read and it was nice to see Spoiler come back and see a little movement on her story.  Where she goes from here is anybody’s guess, but hopefully it involves her finally meeting up with Batman and her part of the puzzle coming to light in the grand scheme of things.  There has been no movement on the Arkham plot for a few issues, though it is good to see that Batman is on the case and realizing that something is going on there.  It would have been better to see this part of the story wrapped up before the solicitation for Arkham Manor came out, but such as it is, the getting there should be interesting.  Another good issue continuing the run of them on Batman Eternal.

4 out of 5

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