Mind Capsules – Descender #4 and Inferno #2

Descender #4
Descender #4

Writer – Jeff Lemire
Artist – Dustin Nguyen

Telsa and Doctor Quan have finally gotten Tim-21 on the ship and he has a lot of questions for them and they of him. Tim-21 still believes that he had a dream and he wants to know what it all meant and to get to the bottom of it, but he also wants his family back and while everyone else knows that it is not possible, Telsa still promises him to do what she can. While Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have introduced a number of interesting characters in this book and they all have their own singular appeal, none are as fun as Driller the mining robot. He is big and crude and has none of the subtlety that Tim-21 has but he has his own kind of charm and is quite humourous in the way he acts and moves about. There is a bit of action in the book as the team runs into some scavengers who are looking to capture Tim-21 for their own nefarious purposes and while it ends the book on a cliff-hanger, it is the characters and the relationships between them that really make this book as special as it is. Doctor Quon, once the most revered of men and the leader in the field of robotics is just a shell of the man he used to be and to see him with Tim-21 is like seeing shades of the man’s former self start to bubble back to the surface. Nguyen’s artwork is as spectacular as ever and he really brings everything alive beautifully, especially that innocence needed to portray Tim-21 so accurately. As the book races towards the final chapter of the first story arc, it does so with a creative team that is on the top of their game and a story that never fails to captivate completely.

4 out of 5

Inferno #2
Inferno #2

Writer – Dennis Hopeless
Artist – Javier Garron
Colours – Chris Sotomayor

The failed incursion into the Inferno by Colossus continues but it does so with a twist as The Goblin Queen has now taken an interest in the situation. Being the former ruler of the Inferno, The Goblin Queen – Madelyne Pryor, continues to look for ways to regain that stature and she now sees it in Colossus. So if the two were to team up there is a good chance that they could succeed against Illyana which means that if Colossus were to have Illyana’s Soulsword, which he does courtesy of Ms. Pryor, they have a better than good chance. Inferno has always been one of the X-Men’s greatest stories and now it returns courtesy of Secret Wars, but with a twist of course. Things are not exactly the same, much like all of the familiar titles spinning out of this gigantic event, but it still features all the best things about the original, such as Illyana, the Goblin Queen and the hordes of demons. Dennis Hopeless fills the book with intrigue amongst all the action that takes place especially as it involves The Goblin Queen who has her plans of her own but so does Colossus and it is not like things are completely unknown to the Darkchild for she does currently sit upon the throne. As far as this series goes, it was a good choice to focus upon Colossus and the relationship with his sister. Those family ties have always provided good fodder for stories and this one is no exception, alternate reality or not. With a lot of action, a lot of suspense and some great artwork from Javier Garron, Inferno is worth your time.

3.5 out of 5

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