Mind Capsules – Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #6 and Batman Eternal #50

Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #6

Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #6

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Luke Ross
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg

It looks like our heroes have their hands full and it might have something to do with the Beyonder and the upcoming Secret Wars.  Continuing straight from last issue, our team is split into three with one group investigating the death of Gideon Mace and finding nothing but trouble as they are being transformed into monsters one by one.  The second team is out to rescue the first and not faring any better.  The third offshoot of the team is hanging out in the Blue Marvel’s base which ends up with their host rescuing Luke and Jessica from a death in space and then receiving the information about the Beyond Corporation which makes Monica a little more than angry.  What is nice to see in this book is our heroes tackling a little something that is a bit bigger than themselves as this team is made up of quite a few powerhouse players.  There is our resident Superman analogue in the Blue Marvel as well as a Hulk, of course referring to She-Hulk and other characters that when assembled, could really do anything they set their minds to.  And while the comedy aspect of this book has been absolutely golden, they need some serious threats to go up against which is the only negative that this book has probably had thus far.  Comedy is all well and good, and in this case Al Ewing crafts some absolutely hilarious scripts, but it would be nice to see the little brother of Avengers teams kick some butt.  Now they have had a few really good tussles in the past, but they need somebody to really challenge them, especially with the level of power that they pack collectively.  Luke Ross provides some dependably fantastic pencils and the book looks incredible.  With another great little cliff-hanger, it looks like Ewing and Ross are going to be sending some trouble towards the Beyond Corporation in the form of the Mighty Avengers.

4 out of 5

Batman Eternal #50
Batman Eternal #50

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artist – Alvaro Martinez
Inker – Raul Fernandez
Colours – June Chung

Enough is enough and Batman is kicking ass and taking names as only he can.  Blackgate is in the midst of a riot, through which luckily Jim Gordon has remained okay, though the Penguin has managed to escape.  Batman meanwhile is taking out the rogues or at least those his team are unable to deal with and soon, despite everything that they are doing, the city starts to burn out of control.  It is with this issue that we also find out who the mastermind behind everything was and to say that it is a shock is probably a little bit underwhelming.  The reveal is what we have been waiting for all of this time and it moves this villain to the top of the heap with the rest of Batman’s rogues.  In fact, he could be the deadliest one yet with the sheer amount of planning and resolve which went into the destruction of Batman and everything that he loves.  The man even goes on to say that the clues were there right from the beginning and damned if he was not right as Snyder and company basically tell you who it is right off the hop in one of the first issues.  That is what makes this book so good, is that though things might seem obvious at first, nothing is ever as it seems like.  Aside from that big moment, the book is filled with some great scenes involving Batman and his methodical takedowns and the prison scene with Gordon and Bard is pretty interesting.  How Bard gets away with everything that he has done up until this point remains to be seen, but simply getting Gordon out of jail does not wipe the slate clean.  Last but not least, Alvaro Martinez gives the book the last push it needs to be one of the best books of the week with his beautiful pencils.  This was a really great issue that leaves you hanging on that last page with a little disbelief, but in a good way to bring you back for more.

4.5 out of 5

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