Mind Capsules – Thor #7 and John Carter: Warlord of Mars #5

Thor #7
Thor #7

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Russell Dauterman
Colours – Mathew Wilson

The new Thor is going to have her hands full as Odin has empowered his brother Cul to send the Destroyer after her.  Why?  Because Odin is not a happy god as only a true Asgardian, and more specifically his son should wield the hammer and Thor’s refusing to kowtow to him has only made things worse.  Odin is starting to become quite vengeful and single-minded and sooner or later, it will come back to bite him.  As of this moment the new Thor has faced Frost Giants, Malekith and Dario Agger, but she has never faced anything like the Destroyer who is essentially an unbeatable foe.  Jason Aaron continues to put Thor through her paces and to say it is not entertaining would be a lie.  So Thor does her best and she actually fares better than many of the previous times in which the Odinson encountered the Destroyer, but it is still a battle that takes its toll on her and in the end, it is unknown whether she will prevail or not.  At one point the book cuts away and we are treated to a very fun scene involving Dario Agger and Malekith who take a trip to slaughter some light elves for a spell the latter is going to cast.  It is a little perverse to laugh at, but the artwork by Russell Dauterman is so gorgeous and so perfect for the scene that you cannot help but enjoy the ridiculousness of it all.  What this book also finally offers is a clue to the identity of Thor.  Even though it was pretty apparent who it was from the very first issue, Aaron gives us some more concrete evidence, either that or he is just playing everybody for a fool.  As it is, it more than likely is who everyone thought it was and it will be good to finally put that little mystery behind us.  When it comes right down to it, there might be more villains than you can shake a stick at but at least Thor has the blessing of Freya and the Odinson on her side.  Month in and month out, Thor is a truly great book that never fails to disappoint from Aaron and company.

4 out of 5

John Carter Warlord of Mars #5
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #5

Writer – Ron Marz
Artist – Abhishek Malsuni
Inker – Zsolt H. Garisa
Colours – Nanjan Jamberi

With John Carter arriving just in time to save Dejah Thoris from being executed, he now comes face to face with the man he refused to kill all those many years ago.  It is a battle that has been a long time coming and Captain Clark is eager to have it.  He has been waiting long enough to right the wrong that he feels was done to him when John Carter refused to kill him and he will have his vengeance.  It is quite exciting to see the two Earthmen face off against each other as Carter rarely ever faces anyone from his home planet anymore, instead forsaking it for Mars and everything that comes with it.  Ron Marz and Abhishek Malsuni make the tension between the two men fairly evident and the action that takes place is fast and brutal with each man refusing to give an inch between them.  Elsewhere in the issue Vush Tanzar plots against Dejah Thoris, determined to make her his in a very creepy and possessive way while still out in the desert is Tars Tarkas and his companions who are about to have a run-in with some angry looking Warhoons.  Being who they are, John Carter and Dejah Thoris are tired of Captain Clark having the upper hand and controlling the game as it was, so instead of waiting to see what happens next, they take the fight to him in a duel that they know Clark will not be able to resist. To say that it is a gamble is putting it lightly, but nothing ventured, nothing gained and in this case they are risking it all.  It cannot be said enough just how good a book Warlord of Mars has become.  If you enjoy good science-fiction pulp, then this book is one you need to be reading.

4 out of 5

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