Mind Capsules – Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #2 and Birthright #10

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #2
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #2

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Alan Davis
Inker – Mark Farmer
Colours – Wil Quintana

After the murder of Baron Yinsen, Yinsen city has just been annexed into Mondo City and all of its citizens have been placed under arrest. It is a good thing then that Mondo has woefully underestimated the citizens of Yinsen City, specifically its team of heroes, the Defenders. Yinsen also happens to have a secret weapon in their possession, namely Captain Britain aka Dr. Faiza Hussain. As it is, the citizens of Mondo have no idea what they are in for. Al Ewing and Alan Davis put the spotlight on the heroes of the former Mighty Avengers, now redubbed the Defenders for the latest big event, namely Secret Wars with a couple of our heroes a little changed but for the most part, intact as we all know and love them. Mondo is a city that is too big for its own good, a city with mile-high towers and too many people, almost like a Judge Dredd situation in many respects. There is conflict of course, between the two cities and between the Defenders and the soldiers of the Mondo police force, but in the end, and quite surprisingly, things sort of get resolved in a peaceable manner. If there is one thing that was unexpected out of this title, it was that it would wrap everything up in a nice, neat little bow by the end of the second issue. It was not a bad thing nor was it detrimental to the story; it was simply strange to see Ewing wrap it all up so soon. By doing so, this was actually one of the stronger points of the entire series, being so succinct so that it was not spread out unnecessarily amongst five or six issues. If more writers were able to tell their stories in the same manner instead of dragging things out to pad a trade paperback, then it might possibly create more interest and more jumping on points in books. As it is though, Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders did a good job in showing us another bit of the Battleworld that Doom has built with some great writing from Ewing and some solid artwork by the ever-dependable Davis and Mark Farmer.

3.5 out of 5

Birthright #10
Birthright #10

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Andrei Bressan
Colours – Adriano Lucas

The latest issue starts out with a bit of awkwardness as Mikey’s mom meets Rya who also happens to be pregnant with his child. It is a lot to take in, but by reading Mikey’s journals and seeing all that she has, Wendy is starting to become a believer and it is hard not to with evidence of all he has said sitting right in front of her. At the same time, Mikey is fighting with his demons, literally, as he faces down the Diviner who is there to possibly cure him or kill him if necessary. Things come to a head as Mikey has to make a decision this issue on whether to purge the evil within him or to continue on, for whatever reason that might be, with it. Of course Andrei Bressan and Joshua Williamson continue to tease us with the answer to that question and the desire to find out why he has a part of Lore within him burns more brightly with every passing issue. One thing that this book has promoted throughout its run is the importance of family and Mikey and Brennan are the strongest of brothers, faithful to each other and protecting each other no matter what. What is quite shocking then, is the way that Williamson and Bressan end the book. When you talk about something coming out of nowhere, the last page of the book does exactly that. It now seems like Mikey and Lore have had an ultimate goal in mind and defeating all of these wizards which reside on Earth are just a drop in the bucket. What it will mean for the two going forward is not very good, but if Rya can somehow get to Mikey and work some sort of magic, then maybe things will work out. Surprising and action-packed is the best way to describe this issue and it leaves you wanting more in the best possible way.

4 out of 5

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