Mind Capsules – George Pérez’s Sirens #1 and Hulk #6

sirens #1
George Pérez’s Sirens #1

Writer – George Pérez
Artist – George Pérez
Colours – Leonardo Paciarotti

Sirens is a brand new series from artist extraordinaire George Pérez, one that spans centuries and features a ton of beautiful women.  It also has dragons and dragon-people, magic, spaceships, good guys, bad guys and a whole lot more.  Simply put, this is a book that fits Pérez like a glove.  The writing is nice and tight and Pérez takes us backwards and forwards through time visiting his various Sirens in the old West, in ancient Rome, in Alabama of the 1940s and other times throughout the course of history.  Thus it is, we are introduced to the main characters of the book until in the end, they finally all meet up to face off against a common enemy.  The story was quite interesting and seeing where it eventually ends up looks like it will be a lot of fun.  So far, out of all the characters, there are two that really seem to stand out, one being Agony and the other Highness.  Both are extremely strong women with Highness assumedly being some sort of fallen royalty and Agony a fierce warrior.  It is not to say that the rest of the characters are not good in their own right, Agony and Highness just jump out at the reader more so than the others.  Another plus for the book which always makes things a whole lot better is the addition of dragons and the people derived from them, the Draggo.  Also of note is how great Pérez’s pencils look, even after all these years.  There is still a whole lot of detail on each and every page and his artwork remains some of the best in the business.  A great start to a new series, one that packs a lot into its pages making it worth every dime.

4 out of 5

Hulk #6
Hulk #6

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Andy Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

When Doc Green faces off against A-Bomb, the consequences to the surrounding area will not be gentle.  Doc Green’s plan to cure Rick of his gamma alter-ego is met with resistance, for who in their right mind would want to give up their superpowers?  Rick for one, does not, as he has ever been the sidekick and now he is a hero, especially as the serum is untested and he is the first guinea pig.  Soon enough though, Doc Green gets his way, and being the smartest man on the planet, possibly, it was only a matter of time.  Gerry Duggan delivers another solid issue detailing the Hulk’s adventures as Doc Green after all the head trauma acquired at the hands of Mark Waid.  There was not a whole lot to the issue, as it was almost all action, which is fine, and it read quite fast because of that, being over before you knew it.  Doc Green is becoming quite the interesting facet of the Hulk’s character.  Though we have seen ‘smart Hulk’ before, Doc Green is a little more calculating and a little colder in his machinations.  The best part of the whole issue though was ridding the comic world of the atrociously named A-Bomb.  If there was one thing the Marvel Universe never needed, it was A-Bomb.  Rick Jones – yes, A-Bomb – no.  A big thanks goes out to Duggan, Mark Bagley and company for ridding Marvel of at least one terrible character.  It will be quite intriguing to see the good Doc come into contact with the rest of the Marvel Universe, as it is bound to happen.  More than likely his contemporaries are going to find him a little intimidating to say the least.

4 out of 5

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