Mind Capsules – Nailbiter #8 and Legendary Star-Lord #6

Nailbiter #8
Nailbiter #8

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski

After a short excursion with Brian Michael Bendis, the book gets back on track with Finch trying to find out what happened to his friend, FBI agent Elliot Carroll.  After going through his notes, Finch thinks it might have something to do with the bees, specifically the lack of them in Buckaroo and how they died out about the same time that the serial killers came into prominence.  The mystery of this small town that breeds killers continues here with Joshua Williamson delivering another pulse-pounding chapter and he does so by throwing another log on the fire.  How the bees of Buckaroo factor into the enigma that is currently being explored by Finch and Sherif Crane is something that will most likely just add more confusion to the ongoing case.  There has to be someone responsible for it all, a person that is guiding these people into doing what they do, as a town itself cannot do so.  As it is, Williamson brings us one step closer to finding out whom or what that is; though it is to be expected that he will not make it that easy on the reader.  While Finch is off doing his thing, Crane is trying to calm the townspeople down as the local pastor is getting them all riled up and even starting to turn them against her as the Nailbiter was her boyfriend at one point.  It is definitely not a good thing for her but good for us as the more paranoia that Williamson injects into this story, the better.  Truly great things are happening with this book and all of it brought to glorious life by Joshua William and Mike Henderson.

4 out of 5

Legendary Star-Lord #6
Legendary Star-Lord #6

Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Paco Medina
Inker – Juan Vlasco
Colours – David Curiel

As of late, Star-Lord both onscreen and off has been known for his humour.  He is a funny guy when written by Bendis over in Guardians of the Galaxy and he is quite hilarious here as written by Sam Humphries.  In fact, this issue has probably been the best one so far, and the funniest too as Peter tries to go out on a date with Kitty, via hologram, while being continually attacked by The Slaughter Squad.  It is the funniest thing to try and watch him balance a date amidst a battle, but somehow Humphries and Paco Medina make it work and is really quite genius.  One thing that is missing from a lot of books these days is humour.  Some can pull it off like Bendis or Dan Slott while others cannot and it is good to see Humphries doing such a fine job of it.  The book contains not only humour though, but a lot of action and it melds perfectly with the story that Humprhies is telling until that final cliff-hanger which is a bit of a doozy and not one that was seen coming whatsoever.  It was also great to see Kitty Pryde get a lot of face-time in the book and as the title heads towards its crossover with the X-Men, of which this was a really good lead-in chapter to it.  If the book keeps on being as good as it is, it might just end up being better than the main Guardians title.  This is definitely one of Marvel’s best cosmic books, if not one of their best books coming out right now.

4.5 out of 5

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