Mind Capsules – Squadron Sinister #1 and Joe Frankenstein #4

Squadron Sinister #1
Squadron Sinister #1

Writer – Marc Guggenheim
Artist – Carlos Pacheco
Inker – Mariano Taibo
Colours – Frank Martin

The Squadron Sinister is exactly that and they prove it by exerting their power over the lands they control. Hyperion is especially unforgiving as he has no qualms in his treatment of the enemy or in the way he handles his subjects. The rest of the team including Warrior Woman, Doctor Spectrum, Nighthawk and Whizzer are hardly any better and together they are more than formidable when facing any foe. In one of the most exciting titles to come out of Secret Wars, Squadron Sinister by Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco was somewhat unexpected but great to see as the finished product is an utter joy to read. There was a lot of ballyhoo about the happenings that went on in this book, like the decimation of the Supreme Power version of the team, not to mention other variations as well, and while it seems a little strange that the Squadron is murdering its duplicates, it only makes sense if you are trying to consolidate and hold onto what power you already have. Losing that power to others with the same skillset would not only be an embarrassment, but a good way to lose your life. There are cameos from Marc Hazzard, formerly of the New Universe as well as an appearance from Epic’s Shadowline characters and unless you are a long-time Marvel fan, there is a good chance you would never pick out these little nuggets, yet nuggets they are. As the original Justice League analogues, they bear more of a resemblance to Wildstorm’s Authority in attitude, who are also analogues of the JLA, than to their heroic counterparts. So far, this is one of the best books Marvel has spun out of their latest big event and for a book starring villains, a breath of fresh air.

4.5 out of 5

Joe Frankenstein #4
Joe Frankenstein #4

Writer – Graham Nolan, Chuck Dixon
Artist – Graham Nolan
Colours – Gregory Wright

With this final issue, Joe Frankenstein’s first adventure comes to an end, one filled with action and drama and a little bit of tragedy too. Graham Nolan with a little help from Chuck Dixon has created a fun take on the Frankenstein mythos that not only features the fabled monster, but vampires, ghouls, the Bride, a werewolf and more. Everything that Nolan has been working towards comes to a head and Joe will find out exactly what it means to be a Frankenstein. The story has been a lot of fun and seeing this story of generations come to fruition was exciting and done quite expertly, both in writing and art. Of course, the book is left wide open for a sequel and hopefully it happens because after the dangling plot threads that were left open for a reason, as well as the reveal of an even greater big bad that is behind everything, we need to see another series. There are a couple of moments that make you a little sad, such as what happens to one of the main characters as well as the Bride, but when all is said and done, Joe Frankenstein served up a satisfying conclusion. What this series did more than anything else though is not only bring back some old-school monster-madness, but it made you realize that Graham Nolan is not doing enough these days. Let’s hope that changes.

4.5 out of 5

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