Mind Capsules – Hulk #13 and Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #7

Hulk #13
Hulk #13

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Drew Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

Doc Green, the Hulk, has been having a bad day, or days really.  His A.I. has run off and is causing him all sorts of problems, he has been unable to find Lyra even with his colleagues help and to make matters worse he is slowly losing his intelligence which is scaring him more than anything.  He even gets a little visit from Steve Rogers who gives him a little friendly little warning and tells him to stop with the gamma crusade and specifically that Jennifer Walters is off limits.  This issue also happens to feature everyone’s favourite Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool who also just so happens to be working for the esteemed Doc Green by trying to find General Ross.  The Hulk may have been told to give up on his little mission, but Ross is still on his radar and he is going to take him out if at all possible.  Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley continue to bring the fun to this latest incarnation of the Hulk who has been somewhat scary after coming back from being a mindless vegetable.  He is smarter than Banner has ever been and he is driven with a purpose that makes you wonder what would be next on his agenda should he complete this task.  The seeds of the Maestro are planted here and if this does come to pass, then all of the Marvel Universe had better look out.  One person that might have been forgotten in all of this was the Leader, yet even as Doc Green thinks he has gotten the best of his old foe, the Leader is still just a bit smarter.  Come the end of the issue, many of the Hulk’s problems that were mentioned previously are still present, though with the advent of the failed assault upon the Leader and now going to face Thunderbolt Ross on his home turf, things are not looking any better for good ol’ Doc Green and it is doubtful to do so anytime soon.

3.5 out of 5

Outcast #7
Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #7

Writer – Robert Kirkman
Artist – Paul Azaceta
Colours – Elizabeth Breitweiser

The latest issue of Outcast finds itself split between Kyle and his sister as she heads out to visit his ex-girlfriend and he looks in on the child he recently helped just to make sure that everything was all right and that the exorcism actually worked.  Allison, Kyle’s ex, is doing all right, is single and has a child now, which one can only infer is Kyle’s.  The Reverend is having problems as his recent possession has called his faith into question which is the least of it as he is now worried that the past exorcisms that he did by himself may not have been successful.  At least it is a possibility and when dealing with demons, one can never be too careful.  Robert Kirkman and his compatriot Paul Azaceta continue this tale with a pace just as slow as every other book in the series has been thus far.  That is probably the only downside to be found, for while it would make a great television series, the limited nature of a single issue makes it a little monotonous and you wish that there would be just a little bit of action to shake things up.  This pace does not ruin the book, far from it actually, but it is not the first book you would pick up to read on a Wednesday as the subject matter is a little heavier than your average hero-battling-villains type of fare.  What is quite interesting about this title so far is that while Kyle has some sort of power to exorcize demons, detecting them is a whole other matter as he is surrounded by them and has absolutely no clue.  It makes many of the scenes present quite tense and really ups the suspense as well as you wonder just when it is they are going to do something to him.  Still, as long as this series keeps chugging along, you know you will keep coming back for more.

3.5 out of 5

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