Mind Capsules – Wytches #1 and Avengers #36

Wytches #1
Wytches #1

Writer – Scott Snyder
Artist – Jock
Colours – Matt Hollingsworth

The first four pages of story in this book comprise one of the strongest and most memorable scenes to open any title in recent history.  The shock and horror of it is so utterly captivating that you cannot wait to turn the page to find out what is going to happen next.  When you do, we are introduced to the series main character, Sail, as well as her family.  We find out that Sail has gone through a personal horror of her own and is having a hard time of it.  The main reason for that hardship is that she believes that she is to blame, that she somehow caused the incident through some sort of power she might have.  That is the mystery that Snyder starts to fabricate for the reader and it is readily apparent that something about Sail is special.  What it is, is not yet revealed, but it will obviously have something to do with witchcraft.  Call it an educated guess.  Jock’s art has also never looked better than it has here, creating a very moody atmosphere filled with dread and horror.  Snyder gives Sail a nice family dynamic, one that will lend her strength in the issues to come and it looks like she is going to need it if the first issue’s cliff-hanger is anything to go by.  The colours by Matt Hollingsworth also really stand out with a lot of soft colours to give the book a nice relaxing feel, though it is somewhat of a deception as the book is almost anything but.  Wytches is a very solid, very excellent new horror title that will entertain anyone who dares to pick it up and give it a try, and hopefully you do.

5 out of 5

Avengers #36
Avengers #36

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Stefano Caselli
Colours – Frank Martin

Eight months later, the multiverse is collapsing and only one man, Roberto Dacosta, is doing anything about it.  Assembling a team of Avengers, outside of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s purview and consisting of Thor, Hyperion, Starbrand, Nightmask, Abyss and Ex Nihilo, he is going to send them to the ends of the universe to somehow stop what is happening.  Like most issues of Avengers, this book asked more questions than it answered, though they do eventually come in time.  One thing that really stands out about Hickman’s run on the book is the eclectic cast he assembles for any given situation.  What is also a quite good about this title is that Hickman always peppers the book with high tension and drama and this particular issue is no exception.  It is quite intriguing to see Sunspot, the happy and fun loving Roberto Dacosta, in a leadership role, much less that of these ‘underground’ Avengers.  One interesting little mystery that Hickman begins in this issue, aside from everything else, is about the baby belonging to Cannonball and Smasher.  It looks like he has some sort of powers and if he is being featured in such a way, he must play an important part in upcoming storylines.  Caselli’s art is as beautiful as ever and the book a consistently good read, so if you should not be reading this title then you are doing yourself a disservice.

4.5 out of 5

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