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Mind Capsules – Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #7 and Chrononauts #2

Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #7
Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #7

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Iban Coello
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg

As the book opens, our team is still split up with Monica heading off to deal with Jason Quantrell or at least the creature supposed to be him, while Captain America is fending off his converted teammates who now look like demons.  Blue Marvel, his son Max and Spider-Man manage to open a portal to the Omniverse and Kevin Brashear, Blue Marvel’s other son, returns to take Quantrell back with him.  The one thing you can usually count on this particular Avengers book for is the humour peppered throughout by Al Ewing.  It is sad to say that while there was a little bit of it, it was nowhere near as good as some of the previous issues, instead deciding to be a little more on the serious side.  While it was not terrible, and it would take a lot for this book to become so, it was a bit of a shame as it just made this story seem overly long and frankly, a little boring.  In fact, this was probably the only issue that could even be called such and it really was not all that bad.  Perhaps it is because the other stories Ewing has provided us with have been a bit more exciting, the villains a bit more entertaining and of course, has given us far more laughter.  It simply lacked the ‘wow’ factor that Ewing usually provides.  Amid the hundreds of titles being released each and every month, it takes a lot to stand out among them and while this title usually does, it failed to do so this time.  There were some good moments to be had though, particularly with Spidey and his interactions with Blue Marvel, as well as seeing Luke Cage come in to save the day, but overall it could have been better.  Still, it is a title worth getting and things will most likely pick back up.

3.5 out of 5

Chrononauts #2
Chrononauts #2

Writer – Mark Millar
Artist – Sean Gordon Murphy
Colours – Matt Hollingsworth

The time-travelling ball of fun that is Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy’s latest title continues as Danny lands in 1504 to find his missing partner Corbin.  Time runs differently though when you are hopping throughout the timestream and while Danny has essentially gone after his friend mere minutes after his disappearance, it has been four years for Corbin.  In that time, Corbin has risen to prominence in many different eras and now wants Danny to join him.  After seeing all that time has to offer, it would be hard for any man to refuse and as fate will prove, Danny is not that man.  Chrononauts, even two issues in, has been pretty exciting and while it started out as one thing, Millar and Murphy have kind of turned it on its head and transformed it into something else.  It catches you a little bit off-guard, but when you take Danny and Corbin’s personalities into account, it is not that far of a stretch to see them abusing that which they swore they would not.  It is quite amusing for one, to see exactly what it was that Corbin has been up to and as you see it, you realize that Murphy and Millar have created situations that you yourself have only dreamed about and even some that you may not have.  If there is one thing that this book has not failed to do as of yet it is to entertain the reader and it does it does so in the best way possible melding science-fiction and adventure.  Murphy’s artwork which is intricate and detailed beyond measure is as much fun to look at as it is to read the book.  In all, Chrononauts is off to a great start and there is no doubt that it will continue to be so.

4 out of 5

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