Mind Capsules – Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #9 and Chrononauts #4

Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #9
Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #9

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Luke Ross
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg

The final issue of the latest incarnation of the Mighty Avengers falls under the Last Days banner as it heads into Secret Wars. Essentially showing the last moments of each member of the team, it tugs a little at the heartstrings as Al Ewing delivers a strong and poignant last issue. Spectrum is given the task of destroying the Ultimate Universe Earth but at the last moment, even though it comes at the cost of our own planet, she finds she cannot do it as it comes at the cost of her own soul. The other members of the team including She-Hulk, Captain America, Iron Fist, White Tiger, and Power Man are all fighting to the end. Kaluu enjoys a drink with Wong, Blue Marvel and his son work on an experiment and Luke Cage spends his last moments with the people who matter most to him, his wife and his daughter. The best moment of the book though comes most unexpectedly from Sooraya and a phone operator named Dave. The Mighty Avengers are open to helping everyone and always have been and to that end they employ people to work the phones so that the general public might reach out to them. As it is, Sooraya and Dave remain on the phones as people call in scared and lonely as the end of the world comes. Their act is selfless and it injects a final dose of humanity into this book about larger than life heroes. Luke Ross does a great job on this final book and together with Ewing; they deliver one of the best issues of the entire series. It might have been light on the trademark humour, only delivering a smile here and there, but by the last page, despite the end of the Marvel Universe proper, it made you feel good.

4 out of 5

Chrononauts #4
Chrononauts #4

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

With every passing issue, Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy have given us action and drama in the extreme with the pace of each book gaining in momentum and insanity. This book finds Danny and Corbin in a lot of trouble as back in 1504; Corbin’s warlord is now taking things into his own hands, meaning all the men, the riches and the secrets to our heroes’ time travel. What follows is Danny’s eventual torture and death and Corbin escaping his own as he travels the globe to find the missing time device from the previous issues so that he might save his friend and then set off to make everything right. Chrononauts is perhaps one of the shortest series that Mark Millar has ever done, but it is one of the most enjoyable. There is a lot action that rarely lets up in this series and with Murphy on board to delineate it all with his incredibly dynamic pencils, the book ends up as pure excitement. It was a lot of fun to see Danny and Corbin start out as scientific adventurers, who then decided to corrupt the timeline and make it their own personal playground. It seemed like Millar was going to make them into amusing and loveable villains yet by the end of this issue when everything is put to order, because what other end to the series could there be, it was nice to see them redeem themselves and Millar give us that happy ending. If there were ever a movie to follow Kingsman to the big screen, it would have to be Chrononauts. It has all the ingredients to make a successful film and if done right, could be his biggest hit yet.

4 out of 5

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