Mind Capsules – Birthright #3 and Hulk #9

Birthright #3
Birthright #3

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

The first thing you notice about Birthright each and every time you open the book is the amazing artwork by Andrei Bressan.  It has a bit of a Darrick Robertson vibe going for it and really packs a wallop with the amount of care that is put into each and every page.  What is most fun about it is the way the scenes on Earth contrast with those on Terranos and not simply because they are different locales, but because of Mikey.  On Earth, Mikey is grown and wild in an unassuming town while on Terranos it is the country that is wild and it is Mikey that is small, frail and unobtrusive.  Of course the book would not be the same without the fine words of Joshua Williamson who gives Mikey a bit of trouble on both worlds.  While Mikey might have some problems though, it is good to see that he is being looked after, both as a man and as a boy.  This issue also reveals who some of the big bads are finally, namely five evil wizards on Earth and a woman named Kallista, called the Pale Rider on Terranos.  Kallista seems quite formidable as she destroys a monster in the book while we only hear of the wizards without seeing any of them in action.  Williamson is definitely planting a lot of seeds in the book and you can tell he is in it for the long haul and not worrying about tying anything up anytime soon.  That is good in one respect, but frustrating in another for as a reader, you want to know what is going to happen, who these people are, see the battles and all of it sooner rather than later.  As it is, a little patience is going to be required as Williamson will get to it when he does and you find you do not mind as Williamson’s story and Bressan’s artwork will keep pulling you back no matter how long it takes.

4.5 out of 5

Hulk #9
Hulk #9

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Drew Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

Gerry Duggan takes a break this issue with the Doc Green curing all the other Hulks story and instead focuses upon the man and just what direction he is heading in.  When it is all said and done, the reader is given a peak at just what it is like to be inside of Doc Green’s head and what Duggan has in store for the ‘hero.’  It is something we have all seen before and is one of the most celebrated and loved moments in Hulk’s history, but it is not a nice one and if Doc Green is headed that way then the Marvel Universe had better look out.  Although it has been fun reading Duggan’s Hulk, wondering where it was going was always a question you had on your mind and now that you know, it is really quite exciting.  Magik and Kitty Pryde put in an appearance with the latter helping the Hulk out with a little brain surgery on himself of all people.  We are also privy to Doc Green’s plans to remain in control of the body he shares with Banner, not wanting nor allowing the man to reclaim it under any circumstance.  It is a fascinating little bit of characterization, but one that fits in with his personality and the actions he has shown thus far.  Out of all the issues from this new direction so far, this was probably the most fun and most enlightening book from Duggan that also features some great artwork from Mark Bagley.

3.5 out of 5

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