Mind Capsules – Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #3 and Outcast #6

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #3
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #3

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Luke Ross, Iban Coello
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg

The Mighty Avengers have a problem and it just so happens to be their friends, the other Avengers.  The dilemma they face is that these Avengers have had their personalities inverted due to the spell cast during AXIS and they no longer want pretenders to the throne, so to speak.  Al Ewing continues to give this book its own unique voice, totally different to the main Avengers books by Jonathan Hickman, but one that echoes the classic team feel from the past.  Ewing usually sprinkles an ample amount of humour throughout the book though this issue features a little less than normal due to the big throw-down that is happening, but there is still a little comedic relief to be had coming from Spider-Man.  It is great to see the two teams finally meeting up even though it is not under the best of situations, and if the fight had not ended prematurely, it would be interesting to see just which team would come out on top.  While Iron Man, Thor and Cap, along with the other members of the main team are heavy hitters, the Mighty Avengers are no slouches in that department either.  The Blue Marvel could go toe to toe with any of the big guns, as could White Tiger, She-Hulk or the new Power Man and it is a little disappointing that this book is kind of looked upon as the B team.  While it might not be the headliner that New Avengers or Avengers might be, the book and the team are just as good with heroes who are just as intriguing in every way.  Though the book might have ended on somewhat of a draw, the cliff-hanger should make things interesting moving forwards.

4 out of 5

Outcast #6
Outcast #6

Writer – Robert Kirkman
Artist – Paul Azaceta
Colours – Elizabeth Breitweiser

Demons.  They may not be the walking dead, but these creatures are a whole lot scarier as they are aware of what they do, they plot and scheme and they are pure evil, while zombies are simply mindless drones.  This tale that Kirkman has been writing about is subtle in the telling, but has been utterly compelling in every way.  It was great to see what might be the head demon finally make a move against the Reverend, waiting of course until Kyle was out of the way before doing so.  With Kyle’s strange power to banish these demons, and this demon being as calculating as it is, it shows that that they are aware of him, but also frightened at what he can do.  Kyle has really been coming along in the book and it is interesting to see just how far his character has advanced from the first issue to now.  Where he was once a completely anti-social and withdrawn person, exorcizing these demons has been like a balm to Kyle and has seen him finally emerge from the self-induced coma he was in.  The artwork by Paul Azaceta is a perfect fit as it gives the book a haunting feel that complements Kirkman’s script, and really drives home that sense of danger that these demons evoke.  While there have not been any real resolutions to the main story so far, it was good to see Kyle confront his own personal demons this issue and at least give himself and the reader a little closure on one of the plotlines.  Outcast has definitely become one of the best new horror titles out today and one you should be reading, if not already.

4 out of 5

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