Mind Capsules – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 and War Stories #3

Angela Asgard's Assassin #1
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

Writer – Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett
Artist – Phil Jiminez, Stephanie Hans
Inker – Tom Palmer
Colours – Romulo Fajardo

Angela might have an anger issue.  Life has not always been kind to her, especially as she was raised to believe one thing when the opposite was true, but now being so many years later in life, it is hard to think differently and maybe she will always be at odds with her brethren, the Asgardians.  Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett start the first issue of Angela’s ongoing title with a bang as it finds her in a battle to save her best friend Sera, but it is not as simple as all that for once she is done with those that would harm them, Angela has to fend off the warriors of Asgard as she might have run off with the heir to the kingdom, who just so happens to be a baby.  Kidnap might be a better word.  The creative team comes out swinging and the book is highly enjoyable.  The artwork by Jiminez on the main part of the story, along with Stephanie Hans during the flashback sequence is exceptional and the book is gorgeous.  The story is well-told as well, as it captures your attention from the get-go and by the end of the book, makes you want to come back for more.  It is strange to feel that way about a character who was once featured in a competitor’s book and was then almost shoe-horned into the Marvel Universe, but Angela has turned out pretty good, here and in the other books where she has made appearances.  If you have never checked out Angela previously, or perhaps never even have heard of her, now is your chance to get in on the ground floor of what is sure to be a great title if the first issue is anything to go by.

4 out of 5

War Stories #3
War Stories #3

Writer – Garth Ennis
Artist – Keith Burns

With the third and final issue of War Stories, the first arc or series published by Avatar comes to an end.  At three issues, it was neither too long nor too short of a tale and it told the story Garth Ennis wanted to tell.  As the finale, Ennis packed it full of drama and action and the horrors of war and it was a great conclusion to a great story arc.  Again, in this issue as in the previous ones, it was great to see those aerial battles on the page as it really gave the book a lot of excitement.  Keith Burns is a very talented artist and his contribution to this series should not be underestimated.  The planes and the battles looked amazing and are some of the best action scenes to make their way to any page or book in a long time.  The story by Ennis was great as per usual, and it was nice to see him end the book on a happy note as you never know just what you are going to get from the man at any time.  Perhaps stories of the various wars do not sell as well as they might have years ago, but they still hold endless possibilities for tales to delight readers young and old and it is nice to see that Garth Ennis at least, believes it to be so.  This was a solid book and a solid story with a fitting ending.  Not much more that you could really ask for.

4 out of 5

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