Mind Capsules – Superman #35 and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #6

Superman #35
Superman #35

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – John Romita Jr.
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Lara Martin

Ulysses is not feeling too well, having an attack of conscience after killing a man.  Luckily Superman is there to tell him that the man had already been long dead and that there is nothing to worry about. But it does not really help any and as they go to defeat The Machinist, Ulysses simply does not understand why mankind does what it does.  Superman has been a very interesting read of late and it is all thanks to Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.  This issue finally ups the action quotient as our two heroes go up against the arms dealer called The Machinist and his robotic minions.  There are some good shots by Romita, such as the moment they lift up the ship and it is nice to see that Romita has been doing a really good job on the title as his Marvel work seemed to suffer in the end, as if he was getting burned out.  Lois gets a little bit of the spotlight despite everything else that is going on, seeing the return of Clark to the Planet as a bit of a challenge.  What is particularly drawing to this story-arc is the character of Ulysses and the changes his character has gone through in only a few issues.  From wide-eyed newborn to jaded hero, Ulysses is left in a sort of moral quandary with this book and Johns leaves it on a cliff-hanger which can only mean one thing going forward – problems that will arise because of it and problems that Superman will have to deal with.  It might also mean a face-off between Ulysses and Superman that should end up being quite a clash.  This series sports some great stuff from our creative team who continue to revive the Man of Steel for a modern audience.

4 out of 5

Clive Barker's Nightbreed #6
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #6

Writer – Marc Andreyko
Artist – Piotr Kowlaski, Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Colours – Juan Manuel Tumburus

Andreyko continues chronicling the tales of Lude and Annastasjia which sees them finding a little measure of peace after the ordeals they had to go through.  Between the two, Lude seems to have had the easier time of it, frolicking in the forest with the local boys and girls, their parents none the wiser.  Annastasjia found it a bit harder to go on with her life, being a famous movie star and then finding herself an outcast because of the extra person who grew from her forehead, though eventually she does make her way to Midian.  It is an interesting comparison that Andreyko draws between the two characters, Lude being the literal personification of the devil, though blue skinned, and Annastasjia looking somewhat normal and seeing Lude going through life, for the moment, without a care in the world.  Emmanuel Xerx Javier and Piotr Kowlaski continue to do a fantastic job on the art, really creating a distinctive horror title unlike anything else out right now.  It does seem that Annastasjia`s tale has reached its conclusion, but there does seem to be more to Lude`s and the book ends with the promise of Boone’s story which is a good thing as it has been a long time in the coming.  The title has definitely been improving with every issue and continues to become more and more interesting with each passing book.

4 out of 5

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