Mind Capsules – Guardians of the Galaxy #25 and Joe Frankenstein #2

Guardians of the Galaxy #25
Guardians of the Galaxy #25

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Valerio Schiti
Colours – Jason Keith

The latest chapter of the Black Vortex sees our heroes beseeching the Supreme Intelligence to use it.  The Supreme Intelligence for his part knows that it will only lead to the downfall of everything and so refuses which is not the answer that the remaining Guardians and X-Men wish to hear.  So they take matters into their own hands, grab the mirror and start to battle their way out of there.  Things start to go sideways with the arrival of Mister Knife and the Slaughter Lords and an event that will have ramifications throughout the Marvel Universe for years to come.  The only thing that can possibly put this event aside is Secret Wars, which unless it reboots this matter from happening, it will be hard to think of the cosmic side of Marvel without these certain things within it.  There are many things going on at Marvel right now with Secret Wars steadily approaching so it is hard to say what will make it and what will not coming out on the other side, but hopefully this catastrophe will have never happened.  While all of this is going on, Magik and Rocket spend some quality time together as they go to find Gamora and Beast to ask them for their help and at the same time, Groot, Iceman and Cyclops are sitting in a jail cell, prisoners of Mister Knife.  There is some humourous banter taking place, which Brian Michael Bendis is always good at as well as some great action and you have to wonder would this issue have been as good if the crossover was not taking place and it was the next storyline that Bendis had lined up?  Bendis’ run as had highs and lows but on the whole, it has been fairly average and unexciting.  This crossover has given it a boost in the arm so hopefully, that will carry over into whatever it is that comes next.  Valerio Schiti adds some wonderful pencils as per usual and all together, the book was a lot of fun.

3.5 out of 5

Joe Frankenstein #2
Joe Frankenstein #2

Writer – Graham Nolan, Chuck Dixon
Artist – Graham Nolan
Colours – Gregory Wright

After the revelations that poor Joe was made aware of last issue, things have settled down, at least for a single minute.  It seems that Frank forgot that Joe has a family and the Bride’s forces are going to be out in full force to get them, that is unless they can get there first.  Which thankfully, they do.  Joe Frankenstein keeps on motoring and is just as fun as the first issue, if not more.  Graham Nolan and Chuck Dixon are doing a fantastic job putting a new spin on an old property and for this reader at least, it is working out quite well.  So now we know that the big bad of the book is going to be Frank’s ex-wife, the Bride (real name unknown, not that she ever had one) and the seemingly endless forces that she has under her control.  For every vampire that Frank and Joe kill, there always seem to be ten more and just to make things a little more interesting, she also has a servant who can download his mind into clones of himself should he perish.  After a couple of wins the past two issues, there is some tragedy of course, but being only two people, Frank and Joe cannot hope to be everywhere all at once.  Nolan’s artwork is very old-school, but looks great and is a perfect fit for the book with its clean, simplistic style.  That is not to say that it is bad, quite the opposite in fact, it is simply different from the very detailed work that usually appears in most books these days.  Last but not least, what is really great to see is a new spin on how Igor is portrayed, as this go round he is not even a man at all.  This is a great book with some interesting takes on all the familiar characters.

4 out of 5

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