Mind Capsules – New Avengers #30 and Batman Eternal #47

New Avengers #30
New Avengers #30

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Dalibor Talajic
Inker – Rick Magyar
Colours – Frank Martin

There are but two months to go before time runs out and with this current issue of New Avengers, Jonathan Hickman is doing his best to end it before then.  Hank Pym has returned from his travels to bring word of what he has found and while everyone hopes that the news will be good, because they could sure use some, it is the complete opposite.  The Ivory Kings that Hank has discovered are in fact Beyonders, and they are bigger and stronger in every way imaginable than the one they met so many years ago.  Pym goes on to explain all of the events that he has witnessed and come the end of it, it essentially includes the death of the Multiverse.  A truly riveting issue from Hickman who has been delivering captivating and fascinating issues one after the other for quite some time now.  With penciller Dalibor Talajic on board, we see everything that Hank relates and it is awesome both in size, scope and fallout.  Watching the fall of the Captain Britain Corps., the Celestials, Eternity and the Living Tribunal was astounding and really quite shocking for if these Beyonders could do that, then why has the universe not simply been snuffed out already?  Why has it taken them so long to achieve their goal, whatever that goal might be?  An interesting facet to this tale that Hickman weaves is the use of Hank Pym in the role of mulitversal investigator.  It was one of obvious importance and magnitude and frankly, the heroes of the Marvel Universe have never had that much faith in Hank the last few years due to his many failings.  It must be desperate times indeed if it is all hands on deck.  By the end of the issue, there is one very large question that Hickman leaves us hanging with and that is ‘what can our heroes do now?’  Suffice it to say, coming back for the next chapter is a no-brainer.

4.5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #47
Batman Eternal #47

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes
Artist – Juan Ferreyra
Colours – Juan Ferreyra

Gotham is going to hell, almost literally, and it does not seem like there is anything that the Bat-family can do about it.  The rogues are loose and someone has given them an unlimited budget to do with as they please.  Of course, that means only bad things for the fair city Batman calls home and so he calls in the cavalry, meaning Red Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl, Batwing and Bluebird.  But even if they manage to take out all the rogues, there is still Hush and the mastermind behind all of it.  We all know it is not Ra’s, and that does not leave too many more likely candidates to fill the role of evil genius.  Once again, our team of writers throw Alfred and Julia into the fire, as if Alfred has not gone through enough, but if we know anything, he will come out the other end of this okay, maybe a little worse for wear, but alive.  Julia on the other hand, all bets are off though she will most likely make it as well.  Speaking of Julia, she has an interesting little meeting with Catwoman, and actually gets the better of the villainess.  The banter between the two is a lot of fun, and you can tell that neither one really likes the other very much.  As it is, it is good to see Catwoman still helping Team Batman out, though Selina probably only does so as it helps herself in the process.  Of course, there are still many unanswered questions that remain, and not very many issues left in the series to address them, but at the rate that the book is barrelling along at, it is only a matter of time before everything makes itself known.

4 out of 5

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