Mind Capsules – Nailbiter-Hack/Slash #1 and Earth 2 World’s End #22


Nailbiter-Hack/Slash #1

Writer – Joshua Williamson, Tim Seeley
Artist – Mike Henderson, Emilio Laiso
Colours – Adam Guzowski, K. Michael Russell

In this one-off issue, two of Image’s best books and best horror titles come together to weave a story of how Cassie Hack came to know the Nailbiter, Edward Charles Warren.  The first part is from the Nailbiter creative team of Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson and it finds Cassie and Warren teaming up to take out a serial killer at a fair.  Of course, Cassie has no idea that Edward himself is a killer.  The second part, written by Tim Seeley and drawn by Emilio Laiso finds Cassie and Vlad lured to Buckaroo to search out what she can of her parents.  Arriving in Buckaroo, she will find that nothing is really what it seems and that Warren might not be the stand-up guy that he seemed to be.  This was a completely unexpected crossover, but one that seemed a perfect fit for each property and once you get it in your hands you will find that it is far more enjoyable than you thought it could ever be.  Joshua Williamson’s story was a great introductory tale that painted the history of Cassie and Warren and of how they met.  It was suspenseful, and it was fun to watch Warren try and be normal around Cassie so as not to tip her off to his true persona.  The real fun though came in the second half of the book when Tim Seeley took over and we see Cassie and Vlad in Buckaroo and facing all of the madness that it encapsulates.  The trip to the Murder Store was pretty humourous, but it was when our heroes met Lucha Eliminador in the ring that the book really brought the laughs.  With some great artwork by Mike Henderson and Emilio Laiso, this issue really does feature the best of both titles and is one crossover that can be considered quite perfect.

4.5 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #22
Earth 2 World’s End #22

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Jack Herbert, Vicente Cifuentes, Jorge Jiminez, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego
Colours – Gabe Eltaeb

Green Lantern, now infused with the power of the entire Parliament, is all that stands in the way of Apokolips from destroying the Earth.  Even with all of their combined might though and even trying his very best, the endless battles have taken their toll and Green Lantern knows that he might not have what it takes to hold back an entire planet all by himself.  Meanwhile, back planet-side, Big Barda and Kalibak discover that Jimmy Olson is now more than he seems, Batman and company take out Brainwave so as to stop him from stealing the evacuation ships and Terry Sloan surprisingly, has a plan.  The hits keep on coming for our heroes, though now it looks like there might be just a tiny little bit of hope making its way to the surface.  It may not be enough to save the planet, but it might be enough to stave off the extinction of the human race in this dimension.  Our team of writers are keeping things on track and the pace is non-stop as the race to the finish line speeds up even faster.  The artwork is marginally better, but it is hard to really say that it is fantastic or incredibly wonderful when it is simply serviceable.  The mish-mash of artists is one of the only things that hinder this book from being really great and reaching its full potential.  Other than that, the story is as interesting as it always is and it is nice to see the pressure bringing the best out of our heroes as they fight to save all that there is.

4 out of 5

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