Mind Capsules – Avengers World #17 and Silk #1

Avengers World #17
Avengers World #17

Writer – Frank Barbiere
Artist – Marco Checchetto
Colours – Andres Mossa

We already know that Cannonball and Smasher have a child and it is here that we finally get to see how it all came to pass (not the actual conceiving mind you, just everything else).  So Frank Barbiere takes us to the moment where Izzy finds out she is pregnant and then the ramifications of that and what follows when the Shi’ar come for her.  What is really nice to see is just how much Sam Guthrie, better known as Cannonball, is in love with Izzy.  It is a side to the man we have never really seen before and is a great little bit of character advancement for a guy that has not really received a whole lot of it over the years.  In fact, Smasher who is a relatively new character to the Marvel Universe, or at least this version of her, has had more history and personality explored than Cannonball has in a very long time.  As it stands, the tale is quite fun as Sam gets the Starjammers involved to chase down his beloved as they head towards the Shi’ar home world, now without a few bumps in the road of course.  Tales like this are why the Avengers have such a long and storied run.  There are always going to be battles and fights galore with enemies always coming out of the woodwork, but it is the moments when our heroes can take a breath and take a little downtime or chase the woman they love across the galaxy that really makes them a great team and the book a good one.  Another bonus to the story was that it was a simple done-in-one tale that is not going to be included in any multi-part epic as well as having the steady hand of Marco Checchetto illustrating it quite beautifully.  The man’s pencils literally look better every time we see them and good for Marvel for keeping him around.  This was a different kind of issue, but a good one and a nice change of pace.

4 out of 5

Silk #1
Silk #1

Writer – Robbie Thompson
Artist – Stacey Lee
Colours – Ian Herring

Spinning out of the Amazing Spider-Man and the Spider-Verse event is a new solo title starring everyone’s (random number inserted here) favourite wallcrawer, Silk.  Silk is one of the best things to come out of Dan Slott’s run on Spidey and it is good to see a new book that features only her as she really deserves it.  So being a hero and whatnot, she needs a villain to fight and wherever it is that Robbie Thompson dug up Dragonclaw, good on him because he adds quite a bit of comic relief to the book, aside from Cindy herself that is.  With echoes to the original Spidey, Cindy is now working for J. Jonah Jameson and of course, he is looking to lambaste the Webhead whenever and wherever he can.  Cindy is also having a whole bunch of personal problems, such as making friends, keeping an apartment where she does not feel completely comfortable and trying to find her family whom she has not seen in a decade or more.  The best thing about this title is that Silk is essentially a blank slate and Thompson can do pretty much whatever he wants with her.  As such, everything in this book is new to the reader and that alone makes it worth exploring.  Stacey Lee brings Silk and her world to life and she does so with some really fantastic artwork, a great blend of traditional and animated styles giving it a very unique look.  Sporting all of this, leaving the book off on a mystery and having that classic Spider-Man feel from his early adventures, the title is off to a great start.

4 out of 5

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