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Mind Capsules – Birthright #5 and Nailbiter #10

Birthright #5
Birthright #5

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

In the present day, Mikey, his brother Brennan and their dad are facing down the wizard Ward, but not everything is as it seems as Ward acts more like a good guy than a bad one.  In the past, Mikey is facing down a monster a hundred times his size from which he is saved luckily, only to be told afterward he is to be married to a princess – or at least so the prophecy says.  The action, the thrills and the blame game continue in the latest issue of Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s epic new series.  Come the end of the issue, Brennan’s mom is tired of having to be the responsible parent and tired of dealing with her ex-husband, but as Brennan and Mikey are putting more faith in him than her, there really is nothing she can do about it at the moment except unload her frustrations upon him.  It is nice to see that even though this is a comic book and the situations fictional, there are things that ring true to life such as the relationship between the members of this shattered household.  The rest of the book is just as good too though, with Mikey taking on Ward as if it were the last thing he would ever do and the battle is fast and fierce.  Obviously something is wrong as Ward notices something is off and as a reader, it is plainly evident to you too.  The balance between the past and the present is done well and it is fun to watch the young Mikey learning about the perils of Terrenos firsthand though at this pace, the book will be fifty issues in by the time we see Mikey as he is now.  There is nothing wrong with that either as the story and the art are so well done that you would come back for a hundred if this quest Mikey is on demanded it.  With a cliff-hanger that could cause a bit of trouble for our hero(?), it will be hard to wait for that next issue.

4 out of 5

Nailbiter #10
Nailbiter #10

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski

Thomas Crowe has been driving the kids of Buckaroo to school for many, many years.  Thomas Crowe also knows that there is something wrong with the town, everyone does, but he knows that it starts with the children and if he can spare everyone a future of misery, then he will do just that with a solution sure and permanent.  The continuation of the storyline from last issue rolls on with the paranoia in the town higher than ever, also making it a bit more dangerous than usual as it involves missing kids.  Luckily for everyone, Finch and Crane are on the case and they will not rest until everyone is back safe and sound.  More than anything, it has been great to see not only the town and its history explored, but also that of the lead characters.  We still do not know a whole lot about Crane and Finch, but it is slowly unfolding in a very natural, X-Filesish progression.  We never knew all there was to Mulder and Scully, yet we loved them all the same and that is the exact same vibe that we are getting from the leads in this book.  What is most interesting about this particular story is the cliff-hanger the book leaves us on with Finch and the little bit of history we are made aware of as he does what he should have done in the first place, or at least what he thinks he should have done.  Mike Henderson continues to provide some fantastic pencils for the book with one of the most chilling moments involving a little girl and the bus driver in a full page spread.  You can usually pick out one image from every book as being memorable and this one definitely took the cake.  As per usual, a great job by all involved with some high expectations going into the next issue.

4 out of 5

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