Mind Capsules – Birthright #1 and Batman Eternal #27

Birthright #1
Birthright #1

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Andrei Bressan
Colours – Adriano Lucas

If you were to cross The NeverEnding Story with Lord of the Rings, what you would have is this very book.  Birthright is like a high fantasy epic with aspects of a children’s adventure and it could really not be more perfect.  The book has everything you could ever want with prophecies, ogres, fairies, a magical forest and more.  Williamson weaves everything together in the midst of a family tragedy, one that balances feelings of sympathy and cheer throughout its first issue.  Young Mikey who is the focus of the series is lost at the beginning of the issue, and it causes his family extreme turmoil.  But things are not all bad as Mikey is indeed alive and well in the land of Terrenos where he is destined to become a great hero.  Illustrating this tale is Andrei Bressan whose work is quite wonderful and a perfect companion to Williamson’s script.  Adriano Lucas provides some nice bright colours to really make those pencils pop right off the page and keep your eyes entertained while the story flows through your mind.  Fantasy is a genre that is not used as widely in comics at the moment, with Umbral being one of the only titles that springs to mind, so it is with good timing that Williamson has brought this to the masses.  Like Williamson’s other work, Nailbiter, Ghosted and Captain Midnight, this book is incredibly hard to put down and it leaves you wanting more as much as those other books do.  At the moment, Williamson can do absolutely nothing wrong and it is becoming readily apparent that he knows this as he keeps delivering exceptionally solid books that you cannot turn away from, not that you would want to.

5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #27
Batman Eternal #27

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins
Artist – Javier Garron
Colours – Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

Killer Croc is on a rampage to try and find Jade, the girl who went missing from his protection and nothing is going to stop him from getting her back.  In the meantime, Batman and Catwoman have a chat, Batgirl and Commissioner Bard have a little conversation and Batman gets a bit of advice from Spoiler.  This was a decent issue, though very little of note happened to advance the main plot lines.  What stood out most about the book was the artwork from Javier Garron that had a really clean, animated look about it and how this guy is not on a regular book at DC is a shame.  The Batgirl scene with Bard was somewhat interesting though it was left on a little bit of a cliff-hanger, with another great bit being the moment when Spoiler gave Batman a helpful hint.  Hopefully this leads to some more interaction between the two in the title as it moves forwards.  Ultimately, this was one of the poorest issues out of the last ten or so, though it really was not that bad.

3 out of 5

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