Mind Capsules – Birthright #4 and Wolf Moon #2

Birthright #4
Birthright #4

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Andrei Bressan
Colours – Adriano Lucas

Still on the run, Mikey and his family begin their search for Ward the Betrayer and as luck would have it, they do not have far to go before they find the evil mage.  But something is off, as Ward’s reactions do not seem like those of someone who is evil and to top it off, he notices something about Mikey but before he can say anything, finds himself engaged in battle.  The new and epic fantasy series by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan continues with more questions than answers, but it really matters very little as the book is so entrancing and exciting that at this point in time, you just want to gobble up every issue as soon as you get it.  Of course you do still think about those questions, like is Mikey possessed or has he turned evil?  Is Ward actually a good guy?  What went on in Terrenos all those long years?  How does Andrei Bressan draw so well?  And those are just the tip of the iceberg.  Aaron seems like a good dad, even despite the hardships he and his family went through, but as evidenced in the book, some demons are hard to let go of.  Wendy is starting to turn into a very intriguing character, strong and determined and she seems like she will be one to watch in future issues.  Even Brennan is becoming more interesting, and perhaps even stronger than the rest of his family put together.  He is trying to hold everyone together the best way he knows how, yet despite everything, he is still a child and will only be able to do so much.  Platitudes could go on forever as this book is fantastic in every way.  It is fun, adventurous and is one that should be in everyone’s read pile.

4.5 out of 5

Wolf Moon #2
Wolf Moon #2

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Jeremy Huan
Colours – Lee Loughridge

For all intents and purposes, this is the origin issue.  Not of Dillon, our main character, but of the werewolf that graces the books pages.  As Dillon ponders his failure to stop it last issue, he and a friend go to meet a man to hopefully find out a way to stop said creature and to find out if anything about its history, if it should have one, will be helpful.  Lucky them, they learn a few things.  While the first issue of the series seemed to be going down the same old path that many people take with their tales of werewolves and such, Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Huan take a turn on the highway and start to deliver something quite different from what has been seen before.  Instead of the werewolf turning other people into wolves from bites and so on, this particular wolf is an ancient spirit, one who travels from body to body over time and only appearing during the full moon after residing in its host for an appropriate amount of time.  So it is a little akin to a disease, manifesting when it meets the right conditions and then infecting a new host when the old one is spent.  It is an interesting twist and one that will make Dillon’s job a little harder to accomplish as the wolf could be residing in anyone without the host being any wiser that they are infected.  Aside from a very captivating story, Huan provides some wonderfully moody artwork that really compliments the material and the book and by all accounts, can be considered job well done by the creative team.

4 out of 5

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