Mind Capsules – Guardians 3000 #6 and Jem and the Holograms #1

Guardians 3000 #6
Guardians 3000 #6

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Nico Leon
Colours – Edgar Delgado

Geena Drake finally gets to meet the Old Hunger, Galactus where she asks for his help in saving the universe.  Surprise, surprise, Galactus does not care one little bit as he will just ride it out into the next one and pick up where he left off.  As such, he does know about time breaking down and where it all started so after a little conversation, he does decide to help her and the Guardians out just a little bit and sends them back in time where they meet up with the current day Guardians of the Galaxy.  With Secret War thrust upon the Marvel Universe and all of their titles within, this book takes it and weaves it flawlessly into the story courtesy of Dan Abnett.  So not only are the Avengers dealing with the incursions, but now the future Guardians of the Galaxy are in the mix, along with the current Guardians.  This issue featured a lot of fun moments between characters, starting out with Geena and Galactus.  Additionally, when the two teams meet for the first time it is pretty comical and to find that Drax is the one who is the most sensible out of all of them is even better.  What is fantastic to see, and which is even mentioned by one of the characters in the book, is how they did not fall into the cliché of fighting first and asking questions later.  But there is a problem taking place, aside from time being destroyed and all, and that is A-Sentience who has decided that it falls upon itself to safeguard time.  It is then that our teams do find something to battle and it only gets better when the rest of the future Guardians show up at the end.  Nico Leon comes on board as penciller and his work looks great, keeping up the energy that Gerardo Sandoval had infused in the title during his run and it looks like it is going to be needed as next issue looks like it will be action-packed.  This is by far the best ‘Guardians’ book being put out right now, bar none.

4.5 out of 5

Jem and the Holograms #1
Jem and the Holograms #1

Writer – Kelly Thompson
Artist – Sophie Campbell
Colours – M. Victoria Robado

From the very first page of the book, not only does it call back memories from the animated series, but the artwork by Sophie Campbell is stunning.  It is clean, expressive and completely unique and gorgeous to say the least.  The story finds our heroine Jerrica with a case of stage fright and she needs to get over it if they are to send in their video for the ‘Misfits vs.’ competition.  But Jerrica finds it hard to do so even though she is playing with her sisters like she has done many times before.  Running home to find solace, she instead finds an A.I. named Synergy active, one her dad left behind before he died.  She also receives a gift, a pair of earrings that serve as holographic projectors which will aid her in getting over that stage fright by becoming somebody else.  Kelly Thompson does it right in this origin issue, introducing us to our cast and setting the series up with a clean slate.  We meet Kimber, Aja and Shana and one big difference between this and that aforementioned animated series is the fact that they are not all supermodels.  Instead, Campbell makes them look more real-world with figures that represent all manner of women and not just your classic super-heroine.  Sadly, there are no Misfits present in this issue, but all good things come to those who wait and when they do appear, you know that there will be some sparks.  All in all, this is a great start to a new all-ages title that is sure to delight fans new and old.

4 out of 5

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