Mind Capsules – Weirdworld #3 and Jem and the Holograms #6

Weirdworld #3
Weirdworld #3

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Mike Del Mundo
Colours – Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso

The most wonderful thing to see is when a book that is completely unexpected, surprises the reader and then keeps getting better with each and every issue. This issue begins with Arkon and Warbow fighting the Magma Men until finally they are free, though only with the help of more than a little luck. Jason Aaron is really developing Arkon into a fully-fledged, three-dimensional character and the more you see of him and hear from him, the more you love him. There are times in the book where Arkon has almost decided to accept that he will never be able to go back home and that he will never be able to figure out just how the landscape of Weirdworld works. Warbow says it is ever-changing and that does not fill Arkon with confidence whatsoever. One of the funniest moments in the book is that same scene when our two heroes make good their escape and Warbow shouts their names in exultation for all to hear. It is probably the last thing in the world that he should be doing when they are surrounded by enemies and the reaction from Arkon is priceless. Aaron also brings another guest to the table with Skull the Slayer making an appearance. He looks different than how he is normally portrayed; bigger, stronger and with a demeanor that can only be called ‘matter of fact.’ Of course, as Skull works for Morgan Le Fay, the next person he intends to slay is Arkon. The writing by Aaron on this book is some of his strongest work and maybe it is because on this particular title he can do literally anything he wants as these properties are rarely in use or perhaps he is just having a fun time with it but whatever the case, it also makes it a good time for the reader. Even better is the artwork by Mike Del Mundo who can do no wrong on this book. Each page is a work of art and he makes Warbow and the magma men look better than ever, provides a more current and primal design for Skull and leaves the book off on an extraordinary splash page that fills you both with fear and excitement. Weirdworld is a must for those that enjoy great storytelling as it features some of the best out of Marvel today.

5 out of 5

Jem and the Holograms #6
Jem and the Holograms #6

Writer – Kelly Thompson
Artist – Sophie Campbell
Colours – M. Victoria Robado

Jerrica and the Holograms have taken a few lumps along the way to the battle of the bands but enough is enough and they cannot wait to fight it out on stage, especially after they learn that The Misfits were behind the accident that almost killed them. Yet after a devastating food fight, the Holograms are disqualified from the contest, much to their dismay. Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell keep delivering a great book with the sixth issue of Jem and the Holograms making it both fun and even injecting a wee bit of suspense this issue as we find out just what the band is going to do. Though Pizzazz even argued for Jem and the band to stay in the competition, contracts are made for a reason and as such, she is fine with the decision in the end and goes to play The Misfits’ latest gig without a care in the world. That soon changes though when right across the street, Jem and the Holograms are putting on a show that just so happens to steal the audience right from under The Misfits’ nose. Leaving the book off on that note, you know that Pizzazz is going to have to get her revenge on the Holograms and whatever it might be; it is going to be ferocious. One of the best things about this book are the relationships in it, whether it is between the sisters, the band members, Kimber and Stormer or Jerrica and Rio, it is almost like an animated daytime soap opera and it helps to keep the book moving along when the bands are not scheming against each other. With a fun story that never quits and some really great artwork, this is a book that all ages can enjoy, never mind the fans of the original cartoon.

4 out of 5

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