Mind Capsules – Wayward #5 and All-New Captain America #2

Wayward #5
Wayward #5

Writer – Jim Zub
Artist – Steve Cummings
Colours – Tamra Bonvillain

Jim Zub and Steve Cummings wrap up the first arc of Wayward with a story both full of action and of tragedy.  With four issues that have introduced a world both new and old, one full and rich with magic and mystery and a leading character with friends who are more than compelling, this book takes it all and wraps it up with a nice, neat bow.  Nice and neat might be the wrong words though as Rori must deal with a loss she never would have fathomed happening and learns that she is far more powerful than she ever imagined.  The book also shows that even though she may have only known her new friends for a short time, their loyalty and heart shines through as they race to her side without knowing exactly what it is she will be facing, only that she will be doing it alone.  Even amongst the sadness of what takes place during this issue, there are few books that make you feel as good or as excited to read as this book does.  While it helps to be written as expertly as it is, having an artist like Cummings on board really completes the package and makes it one of the most visually appealing books on the stands today.  The action in this issue was fast and furious and while we still do not know exactly what is up with the mysterious villain, or why he wants Rori, with the cliff-hanger the book ended on, the next issue cannot come fast enough for us to find out.  Wayward is definitely one of those books that you know is something special when you turn to that first page and it is one that will hopefully stick around for a long time to come.

4.5 out of 5

All-New Captain America #2
All-New Captain America #2

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Stuart Immonen
Inker – Wade Von Grawbadger
Colours – Marte Gracia

Cap has gotten himself way in over his head, unknowingly of course, as a simple rescue mission has become extremely complicated.  For his first outing, Rick Remender has not made it easy on our hero, but that is more than okay as it really tests Captain America and pushes him to his limits.  Luckily, Sam Wilson is not alone in the task as Ian Rogers; the new Nomad is aiding him in his task.  Even with Nomad’s help, being stuck in the middle of a city full of villains, super and otherwise, with Baron Zemo, Crossbones, Taskmaster and more against him, it will take everything he has to get the kid he came to rescue out of there.  There is a ton of action this issue and the pace never lets up as Remender and Immonen craft surprise after surprise.  There are at least three in this book, one being a revelation made by Misty Knight who is undercover in the city, one about Hydra that could have potentially devastating results for the entirety of the Marvel Universe.  The second involves the kid that Cap was sent to rescue and Baron Zemo’s explanation about him and the third surprise comes as Nomad’s fate is left in the hands of Zemo.  To say that there might be a note of finality to that cliff-hanger ending is putting it lightly and it is quite shocking to say the least.  Though it is only two issues in, this particular run of the title is much more exciting than the last volume was and it too, was written by Remender.  Steve Rogers will always be Captain America to many, but having a new man take on the mantle has rejuvenated the title for the better.

4.5 out of 5

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