Mind Capsules – New Avengers #24 and Wayward #2

New Avengers #24
New Avengers #24

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Valerio Schiti
Colours – Frank Martin, David Curiel

Just like the main Avengers title, this one too jumps forward eight months later.  A lot has gone on in the meantime, some of which was shown in the aforementioned Avengers title, and some of which is alluded to here.  Wakanda, once one of the shining cities of the world has fallen into disrepair and disrepute.  It has suffered and is no longer in favour with anyone or anything.  Namor meanwhile, is regretting his actions in putting together The Cabal.  He realizes now that monsters will act like monsters, no matter the good intentions you start out with.  In that realization he goes to Doom and asks him for his help and after hearing Namor out, Doom refuses.  Doom, as he puts it, is second to none.  There is some more action involving the Black Panthers, Shuri and T’Challa, as well as a very intriguing cliff-hanger.  It is not as if the books needed to be reinvigorated, but with this new 8 Months Later storyline, Hickman has made the books even more interesting than they were before, and that is something that almost seems impossible.  Seeing the Marvel Universe as it is now, at this current time is both wonderful and a little frightening.  What could have happened to get the world to its current state?  Did Captain America have something to do with it?  Obviously the Illuminati did and it if keen observers were to note, the ranks have expanded with Doom, Kristoff, Shuri and various Wakandans having joined up.  That would explain Doom’s refusal of Namor, though Doom really does not need a reason, or an explanation for his actions.  This was a fantastic issue with some great artwork from Valerio Schiti and a storyline that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

4.5 out of 5

Wayward #2
Wayward #2

Writer – Jim Zub
Artist – Steve Cummings
Colours – John Rauch, Jim Zub

It is Rori’s first day of school and it is not going to be as cool as she thought.  She feels like an outsider, and looks like one, with her red hair and sounds like one, with her Japanese which is definitely not as good as anyone else who attends the school.  What makes things a little worse is her power is acting up, the one she cannot control, and it all points to this strange boy.  Acting upon instinct more than anything else, she follows him and notices that he has some powers of his own, but only after seeing him eating a spirit.  Things get worse, but strangely enough for Rori, a little better after that.  Jim Zub and Steve Cummings continue their wonderful tale of a stranger in a strange land and it is a whole lot of fun.  Rori is a very interesting character with more facets being unlocked with every page, including the fact that she is possibly a cutter.  Her powers are also growing with her doing things she did not even know she could do, on top of all the previous stuff she did not know she could do.  Her mom, what little of her we have seen, seems to be very understanding, though she more than likely has a lot on her mind.  The pencils by Cummings are so clean and sharp, and the colours by John Rauch and Zub so bright, they really give the book an almost animated look that really pops when reading it.  It also has a very distinctive cover design that makes the book stand out when perusing the racks.  There is some great back matter in the tail end of the book about school in Japan that is an interesting read by Zach Davisson, and gives you some extra bang for your buck.  After two issues, this book has become a keeper and one to definitely pick up if you are not doing so already.

4.5 out of 5

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