Mind Capsules – ElfQuest #7 and The New 52 Futures End #39

ElfQuest #7
ElfQuest #7

Writer – Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
Artist – Wendy Pini
Colours – Sonny Strait

Things are always changing for the elves, whether together as a tribe or for themselves singly and this issue showcases some of those changes as they try to move forward.  For one, it seems the Go-Backs are alive and well under Venka’s leadership after being discovered by Windkin and the Go-Backs in turn learn that there are more elves out in the world than they ever thought possible.  Mender is questioned about the joy he takes in killing humans and how if he is not careful, he will head down the same path as Winnowill.  Sunstream learns that it is time for him to make a decision that he does not want to make and Shenshen makes a fateful one that will affect her life forever.  While it was good to see the elves overcome their latest obstacle with the new Djunn, it is nice to see them get on with their lives and the complexities that come along with them.  Seeing Venka become a leader, strong and sure where her father Rayek was not, is quite interesting and even more so is the revelation that Two-Edge is alive and working with her.  It will be intriguing to see how Shenshen’s decision will affect the elves, but it is sure to be impactful judging by the look on Cutter’s face.  From one issue to the next, the Pini’s keep delivering some great stories involving the Wolfriders and their kin with Wendy’s art looking as sharp as ever.  What really stood out production-wise was the colouring by Sonny Strait.  The book has been coloured by Strait from the beginning, but this issue, for whatever reason, really popped and just seemed far more lush than usual.  This is probably the best the elves have ever looked between pencils and colours, a truly amazing feat considering the amount of stories they have had over their lifetime.  Overall, thirty plus years later, the magic is still here, alive and vibrant.

4.5 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #39
The New 52 Futures End #39

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Stephen Thompson
Colours – Hi-Fi

The latest issue of DC’s second weekly series continues to focus on Firestorm and her problems, Fifty Sue and her new family, Superman hanging out on the farm, Voodoo and company having a chat and the ongoing saga of Amethyst trying to save Frankenstein`s life.  The only week segments of the bunch were those pertaining to Voodoo and Superman though at least Superman’s little plot advanced a wee bit with the corn coming alive in the shape of tiny, little people, supposedly heralding the arrival of Brainiac.  Sort of.  Although it seemed like the Firestorm tale had been winding down, it is in fact still going with Doctor Polaris agreeing to help her out while Fifty Sue sits down with her family to have a nice meal.  The best part of the book, much like every other issue it has appeared in, is the Frankenstein bit and here it sees he and Amethyst back home at Castle Frankenstein and confronting his father in the hopes that his life might be saved.  The writing on this issue was much stronger as it engaged you in the situations that were happening and it featured some better than average artwork by Stephen Thompson.  The book is still disappointing in the fact that thirty-nine issues in and almost nothing has been done to dissuade, dispel or eliminate the threat to the future from where Batman Beyond has come from.  While a good portion of the stories featured in this series have been fairly interesting, it would be nice to see the book start to deal with the bigger picture.

3.5 out of 5

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