Mind Capsules – Superior Iron Man #1 and Resurrectionists #1

Superior Iron Man #1
Superior Iron Man #1

Writer – Tom Taylor
Artist – Yildiray Cinar
Colours – Guru-eFX

Tony Stark has turned into a pretty entitled jerk, messing with the lives of millions of people for his own personal gain, more so than he used to do as his personality has been inverted thanks to a battle against the Red Onslaught.  So now instead of just being entitled, he has become fairly self-centered, truly believing the world revolves around him.  He has a new suit of armour too, one made of liquid metal derived partly from a symbiote and it has Pepper worried, much like everything Tony is doing these days.  Pepper does have a plan though and it is doubtful that Tony will like it.  This is a strange book as it does feature a really fun story from Tom Taylor that sees our hero revert somewhat back to his roots.  It is quite interesting to see what a mean Tony Stark would be like, though to be fair, he is still protecting the public from super-powered threats.  Taking place after AXIS, the story is very entertaining and it will be intriguing to see if Pepper handles Tony by herself, or if she eventually calls in the Avengers.  The one problem with this book is the art from Yildiray Cinar.  It is not bad, not by any means; it is in actuality quite good.  The problem lies in the fact that it looks very similar to Bob Layton’s style, which was also good, but it gives the book a bit of a 1980’s vibe instead of a 2014 feel.  Again, it is strange because while the story takes place now, it also seems like it does not.  It is very surreal and a little conflicting, but in the end it does garner a win.

3.5 out of 5

Ressurrectionists #1
Resurrectionists #1

Writer – Fred Van Lente
Artist – Maurizio Rosenzweig
Inker – Moreno Dinisio
Colours – Moreno Dinisio

Fred Van Lente brings a new property to Dark Horse Comics with Resurrectionists, a tale of those who have lived multiple lives with the ability to use those memories and skills garnered over time to their advantage.  This story features one such character named Jericho who suddenly remembers who he used to be once upon a time during the most inopportune of moments (if robbing a museum could be classified as such, which most people would).  As the start of a new ongoing series, you can see Van Lente plant the seeds for future storylines and begin a mystery which could and probably will, take some time to unravel.  It is a fascinating concept, having been done before of course, most notably in Hawkman, but it never gets old and Van Lente seems to be putting a cool spin on it.  The first issue is a very compelling read and seems to be headed in a direction that is going to create a lot of conflict, which is also a good thing.  The book does open with a blurb detailing what a resurrectionist is which is nice to see as the story at this point does not really explain it too much.  Van Lente gives the book a great adventurous feel and take us back to ancient Egypt for a bit too, which has always been a very captivating time period.  Having never heard of Maurizio Rosenzweig before, his artwork is quite wonderful, especially coupled with Moreno Dinisio’s colouring which really brings the artwork out.  This was a surprisingly good first issue from Van Lente and company which will definitely have you coming back for more.

4 out of 5

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