Mind Capsules – Weirdworld #4 and Jirni #2

Weirdworld #4
Weirdworld #4

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

Polemachus seems like it is a million miles away and with every step and every situation that Arkon takes or finds himself in, it only gets farther and harder to reach. At the moment, Arkon is battling Skull the Slayer, a brute of a man sent by Morgan Le Fey to kill him. It is nothing he has not faced before a thousand times before, but then he has never faced anything quite like the terrain of Weirdworld before and it as much as Skull, could be his downfall. Arkon’s adventures continue with an incredible story by Jason Aaron and some really powerful pictures courtesy of Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso. The book is the best looking title to come from Marvel at the moment and every page is a visual masterpiece of fantasy and horror. There are two things of note that happen in this issue, one being the introduction of the Man-Things and the second being the fact that they are under the control of Jennifer Kale, who is a welcome addition to the book and a perfect fit as well with all of the other characters who have been introduced so far. What is a little interesting about this latest plot development is that Kale seems to have a little more power under her belt in this alternate dimension and it sees her as being the leader of a type of resistance against Le Fey. The star of the show though, is Arkon, who cannot seemingly catch a break. All he wants to do is go home and it is a task that he fears he will never be able to complete. As we watch him do this, you can see him breaking down ever so slowly as Weirdworld takes its toll upon him. One can only absorb so much insanity before they themselves start to go mad as well and by the end of the issue, it looks to be as if Arkon has reached his breaking point. Hopefully this is not the end of our hero as he has been a lot of fun to read about and travel with.

4.5 out of 5

Jirni #2
Jirni #2

Writer – J.T. Krul
Artist – V. Ken Marion
Inker – Mark Roslan
Colours – Juan Fernandez

As a reader, when you look at Jirni on the stands, you might think to yourself it is just another good girl/bad girl title and really, that would be doing it a huge disservice. The first series to bear the name was more of a hero’s journey as Ara was on a quest to discover herself and her purpose. In this current series, instead of rewriting the book so to speak, J.T. Krul simply delivers some really great sword and sorcery tales. This particular one sees Ara still on board Captain Bora’s ship as they sail towards parts unknown and battle demon-mermaids along the way. Krul also manages to provide a little snippet of Ara’s past and the origin of Bora too as the man tries his very best to woo Ara, unsuccessfully of course. The story is a lot of fun, whether it is the action that takes place in the present or the reminiscing of the past and it makes for a very enjoyable book overall. Ara is fascinating and the only downside to her character in this current series is that you really do not know too much about her unless you have read the previous title. That being said, in this series, she is presented as an almost Conan or Red Sonja analogue where you really do not need to know anything about her, you simply take Ara at face value and in the end, a little mystery is a good thing. It is an intriguing conundrum that is presented to new readers, but it does not make the book any less readable nor does it make it hard to understand either. The artwork is fantastic and V. Ken Marion kills it on every page. Jirni is a really nice change from the usual stock that Aspen puts out and hopefully an ongoing title is in the works once this mini winds up.

4 out of 5

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