Mind Capsules – Avengers World #16 and Ex-Con #4

Avengers World #16
Avengers World #16

Writer – Nick Spencer, Frank Barbiere
Artist – Marco Checchetto, Ramon Rosanas
Colours – Andres Mossa

In this issue, Valeria and her team of Avengers, comprised of U.S. Agent, Elsa Bloodstone, 3D Man, Stingray and Valkyrie, must face the wrath of the Scarlet Witch.  Things might not go so well.  Spencer and Barbiere bring us another fantastic issue of Avengers World and it showcases some of Marvel’s most underused heroes.  They also make good use of Valeria which is great to see as she is one of the most interesting characters in all of Marveldom while only being three years old.  What is most fascinating about her in this issue though is just how devious and how smart she really is.  She might be her father’s daughter, but she is also as much a part of Doom as she is of Reed.  A few of the heroes get a moment to shine, specifically Stingray and to see some of these heroes get a little love from at least a couple of writers in the Marvel Universe is a good thing.  This issue also has an ending that was spoiled online, and is something of a surprise.  Yes, Doom’s personality is inverted and his whole reason for having Valeria and the team go up against the Scarlet Witch was to accomplish a good deed, but the result was not something that was seen coming even a mile away.  It was great to see, though it will not be spoiled here, and it should make a lot of people happy.  This was a really fun issue and if possible, it would be nice to see this team of Avengers make a return somewhere in the near future.

4 out of 5

Ex-Con #4
Ex-Con #4

Writer – Duane Swierczynski
Artist – Keith Burns
Colours – Akikau Oliva

After the events of last issue and the body that came along with it, Cody is in for a long night of being runaround and running around and if he can make till morning, he might just be okay.  Duane Swierczynski continues his tale of a con-man who made some bad choices and now because of them, must return a favour that he has no wish to do or go back to jail or worse.  This was probably one of the best issues so far in the series as it finds our hero in a race against the clock and in a strange country.  If Cody cannot make it back to Los Angeles on time things are going to go from bad to worse, if that is even possible.  Swierczynski peppers the book with a lot of tension and suspense and he ratchets the book’s pace up so that it not only feels like it is headed towards a conclusion, but towards something permanent and not the good kind of permanent.  Keith Burns does a fantastic job on the artistic front and gives the book a great energy and while it would be nice to see him and Swierczynski continue this tale for a good stretch, it comes to a close next issue which should be fairly exciting if the first four issues are anything to go by.

4 out of 5

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