Mind Capsules – Mighty Avengers #14 and Batman Eternal #25

Mighty Avengers #14
Mighty Avengers #14

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Salvador Larroca
Colours – Matt Milla

It all comes down to this – Luke Cage versus the combined might of the Deathwalkers, with a little help from the Avengers of course.  Luke, through sheer willpower, breaks the Deathwalker’s hold on him and starts to lash out.  Soon, Kaluu also breaks free and together they manage to get the rest of the team on board and merge into the Avenger Prime.  But even with all of their vaunted might, it is through confusing the Deathwalker Prime and playing upon the four conscience’s that make the being up that they are finally able to bring it down.  Mighty Avengers has probably been the most underrated Avengers book on the stands while also being one of the best.  It is different in almost every respect from Hickman’s books and yet rings more true to the classic Avengers tales of yesteryear.  All of this is thanks primarily to Al Ewing who has assembled a somewhat eclectic team.  Including heroes like Spectrum, Blue Marvel, White Tiger and Blade, Ewing crafted them into a group that might have been a little rough around the edges, but when all was said and done, had each other’s backs.  What was most interesting about the series, aside from the team itself, were the villains they would face such as the Deathwalker Prime.  They might not have been the standard go-to villains, but then again, neither were the heroes when assembling this team of Avengers.  What was also particularly nice to see was Cage solving a problem using his mind instead of his fists, though of course, he did throw a few punches.  Although it was sad to hear that the title was ending, it was also great to hear that it was getting a new lease on life with a little help from a new member, namely, Captain America.

4.5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #25
Batman Eternal #25

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins
Artist – R.M. Guera
Colours – Giulia Brusco

All hell has broken loose in Gotham after Commissioner Bard convinces Vicki Vale to publish a news story about possible terrorist attacks on the city.  There are riots and crimes being perpetrated everywhere and Batman finds that he cannot keep up with everything that is going on.  Red Robin has finally returned to the city, as has Batgirl and Red Hood, and things are not as idyllic as they remember.  Batman finally gets the information he needs to prove that Bard is corrupt and Hush starts to taunt him by telling him there is nothing that he can do while the city is being torn down around him.  Eternal delivers another solid issue in the ongoing saga about the fall of Gotham at the hands of Hush.  There was some fun banter going on between Red Hood and Red Robin at Alfred’s bedside and it really lightened the serious nature of the book up.  It looks like Gotham is in a whole lot of trouble and what started out as simply a Jim Gordon story has now evolved into one that has the city in its sights and all who reside within, instead of one concerned with a single man.  The mystery of Bard is starting to come more into focus with every passing issue but what his connection to Hush is, still remains to be seen.  The greatest thing about the book is that it is becoming more and more compelling to keep tuning in and find out where it leads.

4 out of 5

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