Mind Capsules – Secret Wars #3 and Justice Inc. – The Avenger #1

Secret Wars #3
Secret Wars #3

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Esad Ribic
Colours – Ive Svorcina

Secret Wars continues with a subtle bang, one amid many during this issue and Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic could not have done a better job at making this book more interesting than it is. Out of everyone in every territory, Doom and Strange are the only two that remember the time before. They remade the world out of every other broken universe, pulled them together like some patchwork quilt and saved what they could, creating order and doing what needed doing if anyone was able to survive. It is merely one moment among many that make this book so fascinating and so commanding. During the conversation that Doom and Strange have you find that their relationship is one more of friendship and not of master and servant. It is also during this conversation when Stephen reminds Doom that if he so chose, Doctor Strange could have chosen to be a god, to which Doom acknowledges. The rest of the book finds Strange on the hunt for the Cabal and when Strange becomes aware that they, along with the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man who was found on the Cabal’s life raft, remember the time before as well, there is an even bigger moment to come when Hickman reveals to the reader that there is another life raft yet to be opened. Hickman keeps unraveling the surprises in this book and you find yourself hooked on every single word, unable to stop reading until the very end. It is such a good read that while only being three issues in, it has put all the other big event books of the past decade to shame. Ribic’s artwork is a big part of that equation as well, for if it had been any other artist it might not have achieved that grandiose feeling that the book emits. Doom is a changed man as is Strange, and it is only by necessity that they have become so but there are seeds of their old selves still present and that might be a problem going forward. Out of any Marvel book, Secret Wars is truly fantastic and is a series that everyone needs to read.

5 out of 5

Justice Inc. - The Avenger #1
Justice Inc. – The Avenger #1

Writer – Mark Waid
Artist – Ronilson Freire
Colours – Marko Lesko

The first issue of The Avenger by Mark Waid and Ronilson Freire starts out with the end of one case and the beginning of another entitled The Invisible Death. The book has a definite pulp feel and you immediately find yourself transported back to 1940 when the book takes place. The Avenger is a quintessential pulp hero, one that is far different from the heroes of today. He stands for truth and justice and believes in absolutes like good and evil. He names his weapons and is not afraid to use them to deliver a permanent solution when the situation calls for it and it is refreshing to find a hero that has no qualms about doing what needs to be done. Waid’s script is good and he really nails down the dialogue and the feel of the time. There is a ton of action to be had and the choice of enemy, if that is what you could call that invisible man who makes an appearance, is a good one. Richard Henry Benson plays out exactly how you want him to, rushing into danger no matter the consequences and really stays true to his character. The biggest weakness of the book also happens to be one of the best things about it and it is that authenticity that Waid brings. For those that know the character and are perhaps a little older in age, they will most definitely appreciate this book but as far as newer or younger readers go it is a real toss-up and could go either way. Hopefully everyone gives it a chance so that this book gains some traction and runs for a long time to come. So far, Waid along with Freire’s solid artwork, are off to a really good start and it will be fun to see where it goes next.

4 out of 5

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