Mind Capsules – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 and Earth 2 World’s End #18

Angela Asgard's Assassin #3
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3

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

Anglea and Sera are still on the run from the Asgardians after stealing the newborn heir to Asgard.  The reasons for such still remain a mystery even after this issue is over, thus keeping the secrecy and intrigue intact to draw you back for more.  The two women find themselves fighting the Dark Elves on the way to their goal, a temple that was used to conduct marriages between the Aesir and the Vanir, the first of which was between Odin and Freya.  But it is not the temple itself that they need, but what lies beneath.  Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett continue to create an extremely fun and exciting tale involving Thor’s long-lost sister and it rarely ever slows down for a minute.  What was particularly nice to see was a little of the history between Angela and Sera, though it was just the first part and adds to the ongoing intrigue to be found already present in the book.  There is a little revelation about Heimdall and how he was to be married once upon a time which is fairly interesting though not as much as the rage that Thor, the Odinson feels towards Angela.  True, she might have got the better of him a couple of times, and yes, she might have stolen his new baby sister, but he is awful mad when just a short time ago he was looking forward to welcoming her home.  The artwork by Phil Jiminez and Stephanie Hans is as excellent as always and really gives the book a very detailed, yet polished look.  Marvel obviously wanted this title to look as good as possible and they definitely succeeded on that count.  There is also an appearance by Angela’s teammates, the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as a new costume and look for her as well.  Surprisingly, this is one of Marvel’s best new titles to debut in the last little while.

4 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #18
Earth 2 World’s End #18

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Jorge Jiminez, R.B. Silva, Walden Wong
Colours – Andrew Dalhouse

Batman and Huntress return to France where they get a little bit of rest and have a chat, including the fact that Oliver Queen has something important for her.  Mr. Terrific continues his experiments, Darkseid is really looking forward to destroying the Earth and that death-spawn creature is out to destroy the Parliament of Earth and doing a good job at it.  With this issue, Cullen Bunn comes aboard to help out our team of writers and coincidentally, things are starting to pick right back up in the book again.  It was good to see Thomas and Helena have a little heart to heart after so long, needing it to get their bearings of one another.  Mr. Terrific is making headway on his experiments as are Jimmy and everyone else, so if the people cannot get off-planet one way, they might in another.  One thing that would be great to see is some more involvement from Darkseid.  While it is true he has an army to take care of things for him, seeing the man himself get involved personally would be much more exciting.  The Parliament of Earth plot had been getting stale as it went of for way too long, but now it looks to be ramping up once again and starting to turn a corner for if the Parliament falls, does that not mean the end of the planet?  This has definitely been one of the better issues so far with even the artwork looking a little better than it has as of late.

3.5 out of 5

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