Mind Capsules – Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #5 and Sinestro Futures End #1

Clive Barker's Nightbreed #5
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #5

Writer – Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko
Artist – Piotr Kowalski, Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Colours – Juan Manuael Tumburus

Boone’s history lesson continues with Lude vying to tell his story while Annastasjia tells her own.  Annastasjia was once a famous movie star, but when out one night at the bar, a young woman caught her attention.  Women being her weakness, Annastasjia attempted to get her attention while the boyfriend was still in the room.  Getting her face cut open she eventually seeks out medical attention which does not go as planned.  Lude was born from the coupling between a young woman and a demon.  After seeing how devilish he looked, his mother abandoned him amongst a nest of snakes thinking he would die.  Obviously he did not.  This was a nice little issue detailing the origins of two members from the bowels of Midian.  There was no plot movement on the previously established storyline of the priest who kills monsters which was a little disappointing.  It seems a little early on in the series to have a filler issue, not that it necessarily was as it did serve a purpose, but it could have fit the origins of Lude and Annastasjia into the ongoing story if tried.  The artwork is still top-notch with Emmanuel Xerx Javier coming on board to help out with the Annastasjia sequence and Kowalski handling the remainder of the book.  While it is good to see Midian and its residents live again on the printed page, the book still seems slightly unfocused.  It feels as if it is wandering here and there, looking to find something to grab ahold of but not knowing what it is.  It has been entertaining so far, but a little more direction would be appreciated.  It is still a book good enough to pick up next issue and more than likely, the one after that too.

3.5 out of 5

Sinestro Futures End #1
Sinestro Futures End #1

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Igor Lima
Inker – Ruy Jose
Colours – Jason Wright

Five years in the future, Sinestro is in prison.  No ring, no powers, no corps, no Parallax, no daughter, no people, no nothing.  Things are fairly terrible in the Tartaros Ultra-Max Penitentiary.  But he has a plan, and with the help of some of the other inmates, he thinks he can get some of them out of there.  So with some homemade rings, Sinestro and a bunch of the prisoners escape and head back to New Korugar where Sinestro rebuilds his corps, albeit in a very different way.  This was a surprisingly good issue that had absolutely nothing to do with Futures End except take place five years from the current storyline.  Which was all right.  Bunn really understands Sinestro and the book has the man ruminating about all the things he did wrong over the span of that five years, specifically what happened to get him captured and the Yellow Lanterns killed.  One thing that really stood out when reading this issue was the moment when Soranik appeared wearing a Yellow Lantern costume, obviously having joined at some point during the five year stretch.  Though this is only a possible future, this is one thing that might come to pass, for though she hates her father, she clings to him and you can see it happening if she does not kill him first.  The book also proves how Sinestro is a villain through and through, a principled one, but still a villain.  Sinestro is a really great book from Cullen Bunn who is definitely taking out anti-hero to new heights.

4 out of 5

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