Mind Capsules – Guardians 3000 #5 and The New 52 Futures End #41

Guardians 3000 #5
Guardians 3000 #5

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

Nikki has finally arrived in the book, the last member of the team to show up, though there is one slight problem which is the little fact that nobody seems to know who she is.  So while one half of the team deals with Nikki, the other half along with Star-Lord try to deal with Nova and continue their quest to see The Hunger, Galactus.  This book continues to be one of the jewels in Marvel’s cosmic line, even better than its counterpart, Guardians of the Galaxy.  It has drama, excitement, humour and the pace rarely ever slows down, which is how the main Guardians book should be, but is not.  Who would have thought that a series starring the original Guardians could be so good, yet Dan Abnett has a great feel for the characters and this whole ‘time is messed up’ storyline is very exciting.  Also, by bringing in Star-Lord, Nova and even Galactus soon enough, he is leaving no stone unturned in making this the best cosmic book going.  Part of what makes this book so good is the incredibly energetic artwork by Gerardo Sandoval.  Under his hand, it always feels like things are moving and stuff is happening and it really gives the book a sense of animation and fluidity that while present in other books, is not as effective as it is here.  The interactions between Nikki and Vance are a lot of fun, as are those between Nova and Star-Lord and Abnett shows that he can do banter just as well as anyone else out there.  Going into the next issue, with the promise of Galactus making an appearance, it should be fairly awesome, especially as we have no idea how or what he looks like as of yet in this time period.  What we do know so far is that his hunger still rages and that his little corner of the galaxy has been off limits for a while, at least until now.  Exciting, adventurous and a whole lot of fun, Guardians 3000 is definitely a book you should be reading.

4 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #41
The New 52 Futures End #41

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Jesus Merino, Andy MacDonald
Inker – Dan Green, Andy MacDonald
Colors – Hi-Fi

It took a while, but things are finally happening in this book and while it took a very long time to get here, you can almost say it was worth the wait (almost because forty issues of mostly mediocre stories is no excuse to wait for anything).  As it is, the book is very exciting as the action and the drama is increased tenfold as our heroes try to deal with the threat of the newly arrived Braniac.  Everyone is getting in on it, including Stormwatch, the Justice League and even Superman, who has been a recluse for many years.  There are two casualties among our heroes which was quite sad to see, especially the way they went out, Doctor Polaris is given a bit of trust and Batman makes a startling discovery.  To say that reading this book now is like a breath of fresh air is almost too simple, and yet it is, as it looks like everything that the book has been building up to is finally unfolding, Futures End looks to have hit its stride.  Seeing our heroes react to the threat is like watching ants attacking an elephant as Braniac just dwarfs everyone and everything, but you have to give them their due as they refuse to just sit down and let the Earth be overrun.  Everyone is taking a beating in some form or other including Mr. Terrific, who seems to be taking a turn for the worse mentally which is not a good thing, though perhaps he is just in shock over what is happening.  With everything seeming so futile and hopeless and with some of the heroes dead or unable to do anything, the book is shaping up to be quite a thrilling ride.

3.5 out of 5

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