Mind Capsules – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2 and Earth 2 World’s End #14

Angela Asgard's Assassin #2
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2

Writer – Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett
Artist – Phil Jiminez, Stephanie Hans
Inker – Le Beau Underwood, Tom Palmer
Colours – Romulo Fajardo

It did not take very long, but Angela now faces the might of Asgard.  Why you might ask?  It could be because she has just stolen her newborn sister, one who also happens to be the sister of Thor and Loki and the daughter of Odin and Freya.  The reason for said kidnapping unknown to all but her at the moment but she is willing to fight to prevent the Asgardian’s from getting the child back.  Another very interesting issue by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett has arrived and to think that Angela could be thought of as such is a marvel in itself.  We get to see some more of her history and a little of the Angel’s culture and it is about as far away from that of Asgard as you can get.  Angela’s life has been one of rigidity and brutality, one that had little room for forgiveness or friends, but of the latter, she at least made one.  What the reason for stealing the child is remains a mystery, and even more of a surprise is the fact that Odin decided to have another.  How this child will play into the future of the various Asgardian titles should be something to see, but for the moment, watching Angela taking care of business is quite entertaining.  One of the best things about the title, aside from the great storytelling, is the fantastic artwork by Phil Jiminez and Stephanie Hans.  The make the book beauttiful and it looks like Marvel is really pushing for it to be a success with all of the talent they have on board.  So far it is working and if they can keep the quality consistent, they can consider this title a winner.

4 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #14
Earth 2 World’s End #14

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Jorge Jiminez, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Tyler Kirkham
Colours – Mike Atiyeh

Things are not going well in the fight against Darkseid as Amir Khan fails in his mission, Batman’s team is having a hard time fighting off Desaad’s Red Avatar beasts and the other Avatars are still getting beat down by the Furies of Apokolips.  This title, even fourteen issues in, keeps the pace going faster than most titles published these days.  It is one of the best features about the book as most often, you tend to overlook any faults it might have while the story sucks you in.  The writing has also been consistently good, taking the readers on a journey that wastes no time in trying to get to its eventual conclusion.  For most of us, we already know what that is and for those that do not, the book is exciting all the same.  The only problem that new readers might face is the large cast of characters, some of which are only present for such a short time and it is a little hard to keep track of them all.  The artwork was a little better this issue as well, though it would be nice to get just a single artist per book instead of the hodge-podge we have been getting.  While the book has been making some good headway into getting to that dreaded finale, it would be nice to see the story with Batman and company getting a little further on than it currently is.  With every book they fail to make very much progress in their fight against Desaad and it would be great to see it wrapped up so they can move on to their almost predestined battle with Darkseid.

3.5 out of 5

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