Mind Capsules – Secret Wars #4 and Nailbiter #14

Secret Wars #4
Secret Wars #4

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Esad Ribic
Colours – Ive Svorcina

After the revelations of the last few issues, this book takes a turn of pace as it features a ton of action, so much so that God Emperor Doom himself must get involved in the battle. Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic continue to craft a stunning tale; one that finds the heroes from the lifeboat battling against the Cabal with a group of Thors caught in the middle. Before the heroes enter the fray, Dr. Strange explains what happened at the end of all things and how Doom saved everything that was left after killing the Beyonders. Reed and the rest of the group are a little astounded to say the least, but they take it all in as they do with every crisis and when they finally come into contact with Doom himself, they find him to be the same sort of tyrant they always knew him to be. Hickman follows this up with a little more exposition and some more action and there are two surprising moments, one which leaves the book on a pretty big cliff-hanger as well. That cliff-hanger leaves the series with some big questions, some which involve Doom and even more involving our heroes. The best moment in the entire book involves Doom as he faces Reed, his Reed and not one of the alternate versions that populate his patchwork planet. You can see the enmity between the two thanks to Ribic’s pencils, of how Reed knows that this is not how things should be and how Doom will not let his power go as he believes he has done the right thing. To hammer home just how important the scene is, Dr. Strange tells Doom how it is and of what his future might be to which Doom is not very pleased at all. Valeria proves her worth to Doom in a fun scene and while the Cabal only have a minor appearance, they are an essential piece to the solving of the puzzle that everything has become. Great writing, truly exceptional art and a story that is more than engaging, continues to make this book a must-read with every new issue.

4.5 out of 5

Nailbiter #14
Nailbiter #14

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski

The search for the truth continues and Joshua Williamson along with Mike Henderson finally reveal a large chunk of it, though not all for there still needs to be a little mystery to keep the book going. Buckaroo has been the home to some of the most prolific serial killers the world has known, and it is a town that has birthed more than any other. What Crane and Finch discover with the help of Warren is that not all of it originated here. Some of the first killers migrated to Buckaroo and that actually opens up an even greater mystery, one that only Eliot Carroll knows and he is not talking as he is still laid up in the hospital. In fact, even though Williamson has shown readers a bit of the mystery behind it all, he actually creates bigger mysteries and more questions than ever before and as a reader, while it might be a little frustrating on one hand, it is marvelous on the other as it is really quite exciting. You know you have done a good job writing a book when you can turn people’s consternation into eagerness and as a reader, you have to give the man kudos for doing so. Henderson’s pencils are just as good as they have ever been and he really creates some palpable suspense with his pencils, not to mention horror when the moment is called for. At the end of the day, this book delivers exceptionally well and it is a book you cannot help but read the second you get it into your hands.

4.5 out of 5

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