Mind Capsules – Descender #1 and The New 52 Futures End #44

Descender #1
Descender #1

Writer – Jeff Lemire
Artist – Dustin Nguyen

This week, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender landed on the shelves of comic shops everywhere and it was, putting it simply, good.  In fact, it is better than good and joins the ranks of other great sci-fi tales being released today like Saga and Captain Victory.  With hints of Blade Runner, Jack Kirby’s Eternals and I, Robot, it is a story that you can already tell is going to be a long-form epic with ideas and worlds both big and small.  With this first issue we are introduced to the main character who might just be both saviour and as we soon learn, perhaps destroyer.  We also meet a little boy that could be the key to understanding why certain things happened as they did, that is if he can be retrieved before those with nefarious purposes get to him first.  The writing by Lemire is sharp and Nguyen’s artwork is beautiful and exciting, possibly the best work from both of their respective careers thus far.  The characters are interesting, the concepts intriguing and they have chosen the perfect genre to express their story in.  One of the more fascinating things about this tale is how it starts out with the future big and bright and full of hope as all of these worlds have come together to work and prosper and then because of one single moment, when the Harvesters land and unleash hell, the book becomes darker and far more dystopic.  What will be a lot of fun is following where the mystery goes and if we get to see these giant, monolithic robots once again.  They came once; it is completely possible that they will do so again.  It is a terrible thing that Lemire and Nguyen have done releasing this book, because after whetting our appetites, we now have to wait thirty long days until the next chapter.

4.5 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #44
The New 52 Futures End #44

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Patrick Zircher, Andy MacDonald
Colours – Hi-Fi

After forty-three issues of being absent, being mentioned and then simply being there, Superman finally gets to shine and save the day.  If anyone can really take the fight to Brainiac on a physical level at least, it is Superman.  Not only does Big Blue give Brainiac a momentary walloping, but he is going to save New York City from utter destruction.  Momentary though is what it is when Brainiac gets taken down and it then falls to Batman, Mr. Terrific and the Atom to find a permanent solution to the alien problem – to which they do by using one enemy against another.  Azzarello, Lemire, Jurgens and Giffen give the readers another action-packed episode in the ongoing saga that is Futures End and it is a good one.  Seeing Braniac flying New York as if it was his own personal scooter was still a bit silly, but it was the only weak point to be found in the issue this go round.  Batman Beyond, Plastique and the gang are still trying to take out the Joker/Batman cyborg while everything is going on and while it is usually the more interesting of the two stories in past issues, it now takes a backseat to the big action sequences that manifest themselves involving Superman.  What was also nice to see was Mr. Terrific try and help out and gain a little redemption but after the Hail Mary our heroes pull, it might have just made matters worse.  There are still a lot of dangling plot threads and a lot of characters that have not been seen in a while, but as of this moment, the book is big and exciting and more fun than it has been in a long time.

4 out of 5

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