Mind Capsules – Thor Annual #1 and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #10

Thor Annual #1
Thor Annual #1

Writer – Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson, CM Punk
Artist – Timothy Truman, Marguerite Sauvage, Rob Guillory
Colours – Frank Martin

Three different stories take place during this inaugural annual of the current Thor run and it finds our hero in three all sorts of adventures in various periods of time.  The issue hails back to Jason Aaron’s previous run where it was commonplace to find all these versions of Thor in every book, so this was a nice return to form, for at least one more time that is.  The best of the bunch is the story involving King Thor, whose birthday is fast approaching.  Seeing that he is more than melancholy, the Girls of Thunder decide to get him a gift, something for his garden.  Hopefully it brings him out of his funk, though there is a chance that it might not.  The second story sees the new Thor essentially getting hazed by the Warriors Three while the third sees young Thor get into a drinking match with Mephisto.  The King Thor story is a very moving one that essentially sees an old man ruminating on the past and waiting out the rest of his life by tending his new garden, which just so happens to be a rejuvenated Earth.  The story by CM Punk which has young Thor in a drinking contest is a fun little piece, but the one featuring the new female Thor is more so as we get to see her being put through her paces by Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg and enjoying it much to their bemusement.  All three of them are written quite well and drawn quite expertly, all in a different style from one to the next.  This is the first annual in a while from Marvel that has actually been worth the money and it was a nice surprise to say the least when reading it.  Also nice to see was Tim Truman get some work on a Marvel book.  Now if we could get him on a regular title, all would be right with the world.

4 out of 5

Clive Barker's Nightbreed #10
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #10

Writer – Marc Andreyko
Artist – Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Colours – Juan Manuel Tumburus

While the Tribe have been out acquiring a new home to call their own, Boone and Lori have just been taking it easy, trying to not think about the others or what they are doing.  Things take a turn though when the priest who was touched by Baphomet comes calling and he just so happens to have the Berserkers with him.  Ever since the book jumped time frames, now taking place after the film, it has been getting much more interesting.  We get to see the aftermath of those events and what exactly happens to them all after being stranded in that barn.  It is good to see that the Breed have an enemy as it will keep things interesting though when you think about it, they already have a planet full of them and they did not really need anything to make it that much harder.  What is a little sad to see as you read this latest chapter is how little Boone wants to do with the Tribes of the Moon.  Especially after they took him in and gave him a place to call his own.  One of the bright spots in the book is the relationship between Shuna Sassi and Peloquin.  They make a great couple and it is funny seeing them banter with each other.  The artwork still looks great on the title, and it is a perfect fit for the horror-filled story within.  Next issue looks to be a doozy as Marc Andreyko left us on a nice little cliff-hanger and it should bring all of our characters back together again and should it not, nothing else will.  This has been a fun title that is sure to please those who fell in love with the film or the novel.

3.5 out of 5

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