Mind Capsules – Guardians 3000 #1 and Grayson #3

Guardians 3000 #1
Guardians 3000 #1

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Gerardo Sandoval
Colours – Edgar Delgado

Something is going on and Geena realizes it, but just what it is, she cannot quite place.  And when all of the Guardians die around her and she awakes as if from a dream, she knows exactly what they must do.  Dan Abnett returns to the future and to the playground he is most familiar with and brings the original Guardians of the Galaxy back with him.  Vance Astro, Charlie 27, Starhawk, Martinex and Yondu are back on the stands and so is their eternal war with the Badoon, which might actually be just that.  It is great to see the heroes back in action as it seemed Marvel had simply forgotten them after the 1990s.  This is definitely the right time for them to make a comeback with the cosmic line of titles gaining in popularity and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie being the number one movie of the year.  Most kids these days might not know who this team is, but for those in the know, it is exciting to see them in some new adventures.  Abnett’s first tale is jam-packed full of action with our heroes battling for their lives against overwhelming odds.  As a reader, you would not want to see it any other way and the suspense and the pace builds as the issue moves forward. Gerardo Sandoval’s artwork is quite thrilling to look at with some high energy present in his lines and it adds to the rocket-fueled pace of the book.  Abnett leaves the book off on a huge cliff-hanger and with a bit of a mystery thrown in for good measure.  This is a title that is worth your time and money, especially if you enjoy great writing, great art and high-octane science-fiction.

4.5 out of 5

Grayson #3
Grayson #3

Writer – Tom King, Tim Seeley
Artist – Mikel Janin
Colours – Jeromy Cox

Dick is sent off on another mission for Spyral, this time to retrieve a pair of cybernetic eyes.  The only problem is that another man wants them for himself, and he just happens to be an assassin for hire.  Things are not going to go easy it seems.  Grayson continues to be a high point in DC’s line at the moment with some brilliant writing from King and Seeley.  That brilliance is showcased in the segue way from pages three to four, not to mention the beautiful artwork from Mikel Janin.  The book finds our hero in a quandary as he is forced to learn how to use a gun, a weapon he does not believe in and ultimately, refuses to pick up.  The issue, while spotlighting the problems that Dick has with the weapon, also happens to be a small commentary on the problem of guns in the world and the damage they cause.  We are introduced to a couple of other members from Spyral, including one who does not make it to the end of the book, though they are quite interesting and suggest that Spyral’s employs all sorts of agents.  The assassin Tanner has a very intriguing ability, though it seems like it could get awkward at times should he need it for normal, everyday functions.  The mystery of Spyral deepens as well with this book, and they also become aware that someone from the outside is contacting someone within the organization, not knowing it is Batman and Nightwing.  Fabulous stuff from King, Seeley and everyone else involved.

4 out of 5

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