Mind Capsules – New Avengers #28 and Superman #37

New Avengers #28
New Avengers #28

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Mike Deodato, Mike Perkins
Colours – Frank Martin

Mr. Fantastic continues the letter to his daughter Valeria with a lesson on strategy that sees Captain America and his forces humbled, at least for a moment that is.  Continuing straight from the pages of Avengers #39, this issue finds all the various factions of Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. going up against one another in a battle of friend versus friend.  The book also finds Steve Rogers still a little single-minded about the whole brainwashing/destroying Earths thing and refuses to listen to anyone who is not solidly behind him on the subject, even those he once considered the best of friends.  The army of Shang-Chi’s get deployed which is fun to see, as is the alternate universe Hulk that was captured many issues past and who is now essentially remote controlled by Steve.  The best thing about the issue though is the narration by Mr. Fantastic.  It only kicks in about halfway through, but when taken with the previous issue of Avengers, it is extremely enjoyable to see just how analytical Reed’s mind is, even in the midst of battle.  He might not have the experience that Steve has from all his years in battle, but he knows how to play a good game of chess and he makes his moves carefully and always has a counter.  By the end of the book, Reed has accounted for everything that he knows Steve was going to do, with the exception of the extra Hulk, but even then, he still manages to come out on top with his revelations, one being the Invisible Woman whom we already knew about.  Jonathan Hickman keeps writing the most fascinating run the Avengers have seen in years and with the added bonus of artwork by Mike Deodato and Mike Perkins, this issue is a must-have.  Exciting is a word that hardly describes the sensation one gets from reading the Avengers these days, but it will have to do.

4.5 out of 5

Superman #37
Superman #37

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – John Romita Jr.
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Laura Martin

Ulysses has defeated Superman and now holds him hostage as he takes the selected people of Earth to the Great World, the planet where he was raised.  Here is a book that has experienced a change of pace ever since Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. took it over.  Every issue is now near the top of the read pile as it demands to be read, it is so good whereas before, you could go years without reading this title and find yourself not missing it whatsoever.  It is nice to read a Superman book that feels exciting again and this book has that big grandiose feel to it that has been missing for a long time.  What is great to see here is Superman not being the mightiest person in the book and instead on the receiving end of a lecture where he is usually the one giving it.  Ulysses continues to be a very intriguing character and his home planet looked like it would have given us some good stories going forward if not for that big ending that Johns’ provided.  While it was great that Superman got a new friend, it will be interesting to see Ulysses as an enemy and just what will happen to him after everything is said and done.  There was no appearance from the supporting cast this issue which was just fine though it will be good to have them come back in the next book, should the story call for it that is.  Fun story, wonderful art and fantastic everything are not words you would usually hear describing a Superman book, but it has been true of late and hopefully it will last for a long time to come.

4 out of 5

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  1. I thought Reed Richards letter was great as well. It’s not easy to write super-geniuses if you are not a super-genius yourself. Although Hickman’s run is taking a LONG time to get the foreshadowing over with and see what the big climax will be…


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