Mind Capsules – All-New Invaders #10 and Outcast #4

All-New Invaders #10
All-New Invaders #10

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Steve Pugh
Colours – GURU-eFX

Bucky is with the new Iron Cross amidst an army of robots.  It is definitely a good thing too that she can control other machines due to her Inhuman gene.  Robinson provides her backstory, of how she was in her suit when her Inhuman gene activated and now she has molecularly bonded with it along with some info on her dad, the original Iron Cross.  It also looks like the villain of the story was actually a Martian, the ones Killraven fought on an alternate Earth.  And before S.H.I.E.L.D. shows up to clean up the mess, Captain America gives Luther Manning and the rest of the Deathlok’s the chance to get out of there, which they do.  Robinson wraps up the latest little storyline and prepares for the next one with a major cliff-hanger that will excite every true Marvel fan.  He even manages to have The Mighty Destroyer, Spitfire and Union Jack put in an appearance which ties into that cliff-hanger ending.  The new Iron Cross is a fairly intriguing character and it is nice to see a little cohesion within the Marvel Universe in regards to the strained relationship between Namor and Cap and the whole Illuminati business.  It would have been great to see one of the Deathlok’s stay behind and join the team, though it is more than likely S.H.I.E.L.D. would have dissected it right down to the core as it seems they are playing the Big Brother role more and more often as of late, thinking they know what is best for the world. Steve Pugh’s art has never looked better on the book and if he were to stay on the book, it is more than likely nobody would be adverse to the idea.  Bring on the Martians!

4 out of 5

Outcast #4
Outcast #4

Writer – Robert Kirkman
Artist – Paul Azaceta
Colours – Elizabeth Breitweiser

Kyle’s life has never been what one might call good or even normal.  As such, he is starting to believe in these demons that seem to be possessing people and in the power he may or may not have to exorcise them.  Not only that, but the demons that are out to get him have even killed his neighbour and moved in next door.  When Kyle gets a knock on his door from a man seeking help, help that only Kyle and his talents are able to provide, it is something that Kyle has never really had to deal with before, but with some advice from the Reverend, Kyle agrees.  The only problem is it may be more than Kyle bargained for.  Outcast continues with another slow burning entry, but one that is heating up with the demons starting to make their move against Kyle and the things he loves.  Kirkman continues to build Kyle up with confidence and trust playing a part in his newfound, out-of-the-house existence.  It is good to see Kyle starting to come out of his shell, but he is walking into some crazy situations, though if anyone is suited to it, it has to be him.  There is one little nitpick after reading this issue that becomes apparent, which is the fact that the Reverend has been doing exorcisms for some time, and now there are more people afflicted than ever before, so just what is it that makes this little town they live in a demon-magnet?  Perhaps it is one of the questions that Kirkman will answer later on, for it is an interesting one.  Good stuff per usual, including some great pencils from Paul Azaceta and colours by the incomparable Elizabeth Breitweiser.

4 out of 5

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