Mind Capsules – Birthright #8 and Silk #5

Birthright #8
Birthright #8

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

Brennan has been wounded pretty badly and there is nothing that Mikey can really do for him. They cannot go to a hospital as law enforcement is on the hunt for them, what with Mikey being a grown man and all, with swords and violence at his fingertips and being one of the leading suspects in his own kidnapping as well as Brennan’s. So while they search for help with a girl named Becca, they must go through some magical adversaries and Mikey makes a mistake by finally revealing his true nature. Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas deliver another exciting chapter, one that makes some inroads into revealing who Mikey is now, which is definitely more than what he pretends to be. It is one of the biggest plotlines of the book that Williamson and company have kept running in the foreground and with this issue they have brought it front and center which is really quite exciting. Even more interesting is the fact that now Brennan knows what Mikey really is, or at least he has an inkling and going forward, things between the two can never be the same again. Another factor that should start shaking things up is the arrival of Rya, pregnant with Mikey’s child, assumedly before he was corrupted and whether she is here to hurt or help still remains to be seen. The character building of Mikey’s mom continues as she is finally starting to believe that the man who calls himself her son is telling the truth and as she makes her way through his journals, it becomes more concrete with every turn of the page. The story is strong and Williamson has a definite way with words as has been proven over and over again and the artwork by Bressan coupled with the lush colouring provided by Lucas truly make this book a joy to behold.

4 out of 5

Silk #5
Silk #5

Writer – Robbie Thompson
Artist – Stacey Lee
Colours – Ian Herring

Cindy is still trying to find her footing but it looks like she is finally starting to get the hang of it. Her job is going all right, especially now that she has J. Jonah Jameson on her side and her confidence as a costumed hero is growing to which end when she faces the Black Cat again, albeit with Spidey’s help, she does so with an aim to win. Issue after issue, Robbie Thompson has been building our hero up, one great character moment at a time and if there was a right way to develop a hero, Thompson does it here with Silk. Stacey Lee, our erstwhile artist, continues to provide some of the most distinct artwork to be seen on a Marvel title and it looks quite fantastic, a little less detailed and a little more animated than the average Marvel artist yet still containing the same amount of energy as any book. The rematch with Black Cat is slightly humourous and goes essentially as expected, pointing towards Silk’s lack of experience but she does have gumption if nothing else. Out of everything though, the best moment of the book was that moment when Jonah empathized with Cindy and took an interest in the case of her missing parents and even offering to help. It was surprising to say the least, but it was good to see that even J. Jonah Jameson of all people has a side that can be called human. Also great to see was the cliff-hanger the book was left on as it goes to the root of the mystery that Thompson has been teasing us with all series and it should be a lot of fun discovering what happens and possibly where it goes.

4 out of 5

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