Mind Capsules – Guardians 3000 #4 and All-New Captain America #3

Guardians 3000 #4
Guardians 3000 #4

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Gerardo Sandoval
Colours – Edgar Delgado

Dan Abnett’s latest cosmic odyssey continues with a look at Vance Astro and his past as he floats in space after the destruction of the Guardians’ ship.  We see the man in his earlier days as a young man eager to do good for his country by volunteering for a flight into space, knowing it will take hundreds of years but not realizing that by the time he reaches his destination, mankind will have already made it there ahead of him.  After the flashback, Astro, Martinex and Starhawk are fighting for their lives against A-Sentience and then trying to talk them down and find out just what is going on.  Meanwhile, Star-Lord, Charlie 27, Geena and Yondu are on their way to find the rest of the team when they run into Nova and a member of the team who has been missing, returns.  Abnett continues to bring the first team to bear the moniker Guardians of the Galaxy back to the masses and he is doing so with a fun and adventurous tale that makes long-time readers realize how much these heroes were missed.  Though Abnett has been introducing this particular future back to readers both new and old, with all sorts of characters both familiar and strange, he also finally answers a question that has been plaguing us since the first issue.  Sort of that is.  Astro’s past is quite interesting, seeing how he was in suspended animation for so long and then realizing that it really turned out to be unnecessary, though there was no way of knowing that when he agreed on that fateful day.  With some fantastic artwork by Gerardo Sandoval and Edgar Delgado, this book continues to be one of Marvel’s best new books.

4 out of 5

All-New Captain America #3
All-New Captain America #3

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Stuart Immonen
Inker – Wade Von Grawbadger
Colours – Marte Gracia, Dono Sanchez Almara

With the death of Ian Rogers last issue, who was also the new Nomad, Captain America is more focused than ever to bring down Baron Zemo and his cabal of criminals.  At the moment though, there is only one thing standing in his way and that is Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull.  Rick Remender keeps on making Sam Wilson a very exciting Captain America proving to all those that doubted it would be possible.  He might not have the experience that Steve Rogers had, but he has heart and fortitude and has skills of his own to back it up.  This book featured a perfect match-up as it was almost like Remender and company were truly passing the baton on by having Sin and the new Captain America meet, two legacy characters fighting as their forbears did and it was fantastic to watch.  Sin of course is still as mad as ever, yet still as smart and capable as her father was.  The book is peppered with flashbacks which have appeared from the first issue and it is through these that we get to know Sam Wilson a little better than we ever have before.  Sin does try to confuse the man, making him believe that the Red Skull, with the power of the Cosmic Cube, has changed his memories of himself but who can really trust what she says.  What is great about these snapshots we are given from Sam’s past is the fact that it makes him more relatable and Remender is smart for putting them in.  It makes Sam more of a person rather than just a superhero who is standing in until Steve comes back.  And yes, it is sure that Steve will be back someday as Captain America, but for the moment, it is nice to identify with the man who is currently under the mask.  With some great artwork from Stuart Immonen, the book finds itself in quite the interesting time and is definitely worth picking up.

4 out of 5

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