Mind Capsules – Invisible Republic #4 and Hellbreak #4

Invisible Republic #4
Invisible Republic #4

Writer – Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
Artist – Gabriel Hardman
Colours – Jordan Boyd

Kroger Babb has been put through the ringer to keep what he considers the story of a lifetime and yet after everything, his body fails him long enough so that a fellow reporter is able to scoop up his bag holding the journal belonging to the cousin of former dictator Arthur McBride. So after everything that has gone down, Babb now finds himself with a partner and whether he knows it or not, it is probably the best thing for him. Meanwhile as the story flashes back to the past, we see Maia learn a trade as well as learning to trust again after being betrayed by her cousin. The newest political science-fiction epic to hit the stands continues by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko and it remains just as enjoyable and as entrancing as the first few issues. Kroger Babb may not be the most likeable protagonist, but he does start to grow on you as you realize that he is just fighting to get back what he lost. Maybe he does not have the best people skills, but you can see that he will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of the story, especially as it seems that there are those who want it to stay buried. Where Maia’s storyline was the most interesting one of the two to be had in the book, the plotline involving Babb has caught right up and now finds itself hand in hand, battling for your attention. There was a little less action in this issue as the tale found our heroes trying to get acclimated after their recent interactions but there was just as much intrigue and even a little suspense during Babb’s story. Invisible Republic is wonderfully drawn, wonderfully written and perfectly entertaining. If you are able to catch up on this series, then do so as you will not be disappointed.

4 out of 5

Hellbreak #4
Hellbreak #4

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Brian Churilla
Colours – Dave Stewart

The Kerberos extraction team sent to the Meramec level of Hell remain separated from each other and still in a great amount of danger. Their mission, for the moment, is a complete failure and whether they can salvage any of it is a good question. Jenner, commander of the team finds out that maybe not all is as it seems while back on Earth, Father Gabriel discovers a similar thing. Upping the mystery and intrigue this issue, Cullen Bunn and Brian Churilla start to introduce elements that put the whole Kerberos Initiative in doubt. What is it that Marik, the project coordinator is hiding and why is there a resistance unit in Hell determined to put them out of business? Will the rest of the team even survive and why is the soul of the man they came to rescue locked up behind bars with them? What is really good to see in this series is a balance between everything that goes on. Whether the drama, the action, the mysteries or the revelations, everything fits together and everything has its own place which makes for a very cohesive and captivating read. The book, while on the surface seems like a straight up horror title also features a great blend of genres that make it so much more. It is an action book, a mystery and every once in a while, even manages to inject a little humour as well. With some really great artwork from Brian Churilla, every issue of Hellbreak continues to get more and more fascinating and the future is looking bright, or dark, ahead.

4 out of 5

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