Mind Capsules – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5 and Birthright #6

Angela Asgard's Assassin #5
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5

Writer – Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett
Artist – Phil Jiminez, Stephanie Hans
Inker – Le Beau Underwood, Scott Hanna
Colours – Romulo Fajardo

Angela and the Guardians of the Galaxy finally make it to Heven with the Odinson and the Asgardians right on their tails.  Soon the Odinson engages with she whom he thinks has betrayed them all, Angela, but when he sees that she would risk all to save their newest sibling, the Odinson realizes that not all may be what it seems.  Angela surprisingly, though maybe not so much with the talent involved, has been a consistently great read.  While it has been a somewhat interesting mystery, the most unforeseen part of the story has been the introduction of a new sibling for Thor and Loki, especially so soon after revealing that Angela was their long-lost sister.  So now there is a second sister who is infused with the evil of Surtur and must now be cleansed of it somehow, some way.  It has been fun seeing Angela outrun her Asgardian brethren though it definitely went on for a bit too long, so it is great to see them finally catch up with her and do the obligatory battle that you knew was coming.  The Odinson/Thor is pretty mad and thinks his sister a traitor and he looks as if he is battling for keeps, which he is because he does not know the truth of the matter, though once he does, things settle down a little bit.  The Guardians add a little much-needed humour in this tale and it is nice to see Angela’s teammates chipping in and helping her out with very few questions asked.  Of course, for Angela to get to her goal they must go through the armies of Heven and that may not be the easiest of tasks.  Phil Jiminez and Stephanie Hans continue to provide some really stellar artwork and the book is always a treat to read because of it.  The book is left on a bit of a cliff-hanger of course and the only way to find out how everything ends is to tune in next issue.

3.5 out of 5

Birthright #6
Birthright #6

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Andrei Bressan
Colours – Adriano Lucas

This issue hooks you right away as Mikey is having a dream of what looks to be those he has betrayed and a ghastly image of the God King Lore while his father Aaron sits in jail.  The rest of the issue finds our heroes taking it easy and doing a little swordplay with the book ending on an image of those other wizards that Mikey has sworn to slay.  Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan may not have provided an issue as exciting as those previous, but it was an all right change of pace and finally revealed a little bit about Mikey and what has possibly happened to him.  Of course it is all guesswork and there is still much to learn and much to be revealed, but it is good to see the two start to plant the seeds of it.  As it is, the first few pages are a little disturbing and do not spell good things for Mikey and if he should be possessed by Lore and if he did betray those he might have called friends, when he finally comes to his senses that realization just might break him.  In the meantime, that moment seems far off and right now he is just trying to get to know his brother again which is fun to see.  On the other side of things, it looks like Aaron and his ex-wife are in for a bit of trouble as Mikey has now made his way up the ladder from local police to the NSA.  This should make things a lot more interesting especially if they start to encounter more supernatural and fantastical forces from Terrenos in their hunt for Mikey.  Not only would Mikey have to face one set of foes, but he would now be attacked on two fronts and it is going to make it a lot harder for him to accomplish his goal.  The book may not have had too much action, but it did make things a little more intriguing going forward.  Birthright is definitely on the right track to being something really spectacular.

3.5 out of 5

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