Mind Capsules – Marvel Zombies #1 and Starfire #1

Marvel Zombies #1
Marvel Zombies #1

Writer – Simon Spurrier
Artist – Kev Walker
Colours – Frank D’Armata

Elsa Bloodstone, one of Marvel’s greatest characters without a title of her own, returns in the first issue of Marvel Zombies doing what else, but killing zombies. She seems to enjoy her work and she is a monster hunter so it comes with the territory, but the book soon takes her on a trip through her past as an unfortunate event gives her some time to think about such things. As far as the tie-in books to Secret Wars go, none have added as much character depth to whoever leads up their book more than Simon Spurrier has done here with Elsa. Jason Aaron with Arkon come a close second maybe. However, this could be due to the fact that unlike many of the books that are headed up by the characters everyone knows and loves, or at least familiar versions of them, Elsa is still a somewhat unknown quantity. Sure, she has been in a series here and there like Nextwave and Fearless Defenders and gone the guest star route as well as headlining her own miniseries over a decade ago, but she has never had a proper solo title of her own, technically not even now. Suffice it to say, it is good to see her starring in this title, her name in the title or not and it is great that Spurrier explores her origin and upbringing for those that might not be all that knowledgeable about her. What is quite interesting about this series is that it takes place behind the Shield, the vaunted wall that protects the various lands of Battleworld from all the nastiness that lies beyond it. The stretch where Elsa now finds herself stranded just so happens to be filled with zombies, many of them dead heroes and villains like The Juggernaut. Luckily, or not, she also happens to find herself with a companion who may or may not be of help, but at least she has someone to talk to should she deign to. The book is not as exciting as some, but it does provide a peek into an unexplored area of Battleworld as well as exploring one of Marvel’s lesser known characters.

3.5 out of 5

Starfire #1
Starfire #1

Writer – Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist – Emanuela Lupacchino
Inker – Ray McCarthy
Colours – Hi-Fi

The first issue of Starfire by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Emanuela Lupacchino is literally a breath of fresh air in a sea of new books. It is not to say that everything else is not as good or any other sort of negative connotation, but this book is such a light, fun read that it just makes all your cares and concerns melt away for a good ten minutes or so. It begins with Starfire deciding that she wants to fit in and needs to live a somewhat normal life here on Earth, yet it might be easier said than done. As such, she enlists Sheriff Gomez in helping her to do so and what follows is a hilarious romp about town as we see the two try and get some money, go shopping, drinking and getting an apartment. This version of Starfire is the still new-to-Earth, as innocent as they come iteration like when she was first introduced in the Teen Titans many years ago though perhaps a little more naive now and it makes for a very funny story. The book manages to do a lot of things like introducing the supporting cast, possible love interest, and more and it is one of the best first issues to be seen from DC in a long time. The artwork by Lupacchino is absolutely spectacular, clean and dynamic and it really pops off the page. Couple that artwork with Conner and Palmiotti’s easy writing style and trademark humour and the book is highly entertaining to put it lightly. A wonderful start by all involved.

4.5 out of 5

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