Mind Capsules – The New 52 Futures End #23 and War Stories #1

The New 52 Futures End #23
The New 52 Futures End #23

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Aaron Lopresti
Inker – Art Thibert
Colours – Hi-Fi

The latest issue was a bit of a marked improvement over the last one as we get some good action sequences with Black Adam and The Atom coming in to save the day and rescue Hawkman, Amethyst and Frankenstein.  Having the book open on a strong note boded good things and the rest of the issue followed at a somewhat slower, though just as interesting path.  The Red Robin plotline continues to move along with him checking up on his ex, as does the little team that Voodoo belongs to who are tasked with taking out Fifty Sue.  It was also great to see that the book ended on another strong cliff-hanger with Mr. Terrific in the far future and a disturbing revelation.  Having Black Adam join up with the deep-space team is one of the best developments that the book has seen recently.  He will surely add a nice dynamic to the team and is sure to bump heads with Hawkman.  Little tidbits are still being revealed at snail’s pace from the far future timeline, though it would be far preferable if they would get to it sooner rather than later.  The biggest problem the book has had thus far is the slowness of certain plotlines and the way they unravel.  There are multiple stories going on, but some of them feel as if they are just being dragged on for no discernible reason.  This was a good issue, fairly solid with the midpoint of the book being the weakest.

3.5 out of 5

War Stories #1
War Stories #1

Writer – Garth Ennis
Artist – Matt Martin
Colours – Digikore Studios

War Stories, one of Garth Ennis’ outlets for his tales of the great wars, continues with this book, moving publishers from DC Comics to Avatar and a new tale about a man reminiscing about his time flying a B17 bomber in World War II.  You can almost see the passion that Garth Ennis puts into the book as it is written so solidly.  It is a tale filled with drama and the horrors of war, one that you could see on the big screen quite easily.  The main character is fleshed out and you find yourself interested in what he is narrating and his experiences.  Matt Martin provides some exceptional artwork and the battle scenes especially, look fantastic.  Being an Avatar book and a Garth Ennis book, you would most likely expect to see some gratuitous nudity, violence and cursing, and yet there is none.  It is a bit of a shock, but when looking at Ennis’ previous work on War Stories or Battlefields; you find there is very little in any of those tales.  So far, Ennis is giving us a strong tale and it is nice to see a book about stories from the war on the stands again.

4.5 out of 5

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