Mind Capsules – Inhumans: Attilan Rising #4 and Starve #3

Inhumans Attilan Rising #4
Inhumans: Attilan Rising #4

Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – John Timms
Inker – Roberto Poggi
Colours – Frank D’Armata

Things start ramping up for our heroes as Black Bolt is being tortured for the information he knows and the rest of the resistance find themselves in Dystopia, a land ruled by the Maestro. It is here that we finally learn what Black Bolt and his team have been up to as he freely admits to Medusa just what it is his goals are and why they have been doing what they have been doing. After the revelation is made, Black Bolt asks Medusa a question, to which she has no answer. It is this non-answer that speaks volumes and it is that non-answer that may turn the tide in Black Bolt’s favour. The fourth issue of Attilan Rising is packed full of intrigue courtesy of Charles Soule and John Timms and a game that used to be one of cat and mouse has now been turned on its head as enemies become allies, at least that is the impression that is given. The rest of the resistance, who are trying to make their way back to Black Bolt find themselves in a lot of danger, not only from the resident perils of the land around them, but from the man who rules it. Another thing that Soule does to keep the tension up is to start weaving in some doubt about God Emperor Doom and what it is he does to keep his rule as absolute as it is. Black Bolt knows that Doom is not quite as infallible as he seems and that is why he is trying to bring the whole system crashing down, but he also knows that he cannot do it alone. One of the most interesting moments was a small reveal that finds Black Bolt was never exposed to the Terrigen Mists like most Inhumans, at least in this alternate world. That could explain why he has not used his infamous power up until this point and why he is able to talk with a normal voice. With action, intrigue and suspense to spare, Soule and Timms give us one of the most enjoyable Secret Wars tie-in books to date.

4 out of 5

Starve #3
Starve #3

Writer – Brian Wood
Artist – Danijel Zezelj
Colours – Dave Stewart

The current issue of Starve, more than anything, is about a father’s relationship with his daughter. Though Gavin might have been gone for many years and despite all of his faults, Angie still wants to have a relationship with the man. Gavin, agreeing to come back and participate in Starve once again, to become a part of his company once more is only doing so for the love of his daughter and maybe, a small part of it has to do with screwing over his ex-wife and business partner. One of the most unexpected books to hit the racks in years, simply because it has to do with culinary cook-off shows, continues to be a delightful surprise thanks to the creative team of Dave Stewart, Danijel Zezelj and Brian Wood. Who would have ever thought that a book like this about a fictional celebrity chef would be as good as it is and yet the proof is on the printed page that is Starve. Wood takes the premise and puts it in a futuristic setting where the world is not quite as it used to be, with certain ingredients and animals hard to come by and an atmosphere a little darker than what it is right now. The contests between the chefs are fun and it is just like watching a cooking show on the Food Network or where have you, but what really makes the book good are the relationships between the various characters, whether it is Gavin and his rivals or anyone else really. In the end though, seeing Gavin doing it all for his daughter speaks towards the character of the man, which is not the best to be found, and it gives him some redemptive qualities that were not present beforehand. A very intriguing book that is as hard to resist as the fictional food they cook within it.

4 out of 5

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