Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #1 and The Shadow #3

Uncanny Avengers #1
Uncanny Avengers #1

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Ryan Stegman
Colours – Richard Isanove

The third volume of Uncanny Avengers begins with this issue, with new writer Gerry Duggan coming on board as well as Ryan Stegman with a new art-style to start the book off in style. The new team is made up of Steve Rogers, Johnny Storm, Rogue, Quicksilver, Synapse, Doctor Voodoo and Deadpool. Spider-Man is a member for about five seconds until he leaves citing his being unable to work with Deadpool. There is some light humour sprinkled throughout the book including the aforementioned moment and Duggan continues the course set out by Rick Remender with this team being the public face of the Avengers, a unity squad to show the world that humans, mutants and Inhumans can co-exist peacefully together. There is a slight problem with this mission though and not only does Rogue give it away at a press conference, but so have a hundred different articles across the internet stating how the Terrigen cloud is poisonous for mutants. Even worse is how this book seems to nearly confirm further rumours which will hopefully never come to pass. There is a new Inhuman villain revealed named The Shredded Man, and he looks to be a credible threat for our heroes, though it will have to wait until the next issue arrives. With this new team, Duggan presents us with some interesting choices for team members, the most intriguing one of course being Deadpool. Other than cashing in on his Wolverine-like status and the upcoming film, the reason for him being here has yet to be seen in these pages. Synapse is a very mysterious character, an Inhuman whose powers involve mind control and it will be a lot of fun to see more of her origin revealed as Duggan’s story goes on. So far the book is off to a good start, though it is not as exciting as you might have expected for a first issue and with it being an Avengers title and all, but it looks like that is all going to fall into place sooner rather than later.

3.5 out of 5

The Shadow #3
The Shadow #3

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Giovanni Timpano
Colours – Marco Lesko

The Shadow’s latest case continues to keep him busy as he faces a couple of killer monkeys, animals to which he has no control over. After defeating them with a finality that only his weapons can deliver, he meets the Sandman, the ringer the Society of United Magicians brought in to help them gain the secret of The Last Illusion. With the introduction of this man, The Shadow may have just met his match. Cullen Bunn and Giovanni Timpano continue to weave their web of mystery as the Shadow follows a lead to London to discover the meaning of a word from a dying man’s lips and to see if it can lead to a possible way for all of the madness taking place to end. What the man discovers instead is that there is another faction of magicians who are at odds with the Society, a group that will do anything to prevent the mystery of The Last Illusion coming to light. It is not only the last thing that The Shadow wishes to hear, it also makes things a lot more complicated. What is most compelling about this story is also the most intriguing thing about The Shadow himself. The man sees everything in black and white, as scales needing to be balanced. If a crime is committed, The Shadow sees it as his duty to seek out that bitter fruit and put an end to it. He applies that logic to the Society and what they are doing as well and the funny thing is, should they have just left Houdini’s wife alone, none of this would have come to pass. So far the book has been truly wonderful with its dark and moody atmosphere and when you add in a touch of noir, action and drama, the story is not only entertaining but captivating as well.

4 out of 5

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