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Mind Capsules – Marvel Zombies #4 and Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Marvel Zombies #4
Marvel Zombies #4

Writer – Simon Spurrier
Artist – Kev Walker
Colours – Guru-eFX

Everything this title has been building towards finally reaches its climax here as Elsa faces her father and we finally learn just who the small girl is that has been Elsa’s travelling companion of late. Of course, there are a whole bunch of zombies as well since it would not be a zombie book without them. The issue is rife with tension, especially during those moments when Elsa is talking with her father not to mention a good dose of suspense and horror as well. She has never had an easy relationship with the man and while this particular man is not the same one, simply another version from somewhere in the Secret Wars universe, the fact that he is standing in front of her is hard. She loves the man and hates the man for a variety of reasons, and all of it due to those events that happened during her childhood, the one she lost thanks to the man who called himself her father. That is when Spurrier reveals who the little girl is, the very same lost childhood that Elsa would occasionally yearn for and that is when the book reaches its breaking point and Elsa takes care of business. What is most intriguing about this story is that it sets up a whole new status quo for the character, yet there is nothing to say if she will make it out of Secret Wars, this version or any other as of yet and it is a bit of a shame for while this story was highly enjoyable, in the big scheme of things it may not have any lasting impact. On that note, you just have to take it for what it is then, which is quite easy to do thanks to the great storytelling involved by Simon Spurrier and Kev Walker. They filled the book with a fair amount of horror, some great action sequences and a lot of introspection by our leading lady and if you were never an Elsa Bloodstone fan before this, you will be now.

4 out of 5

Superman Lois and Clark #1
Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Writer – Dan Jurgens
Artist – Lee Weeks
Inker – Scott Hanna
Colours – Brad Anderson

When you boil it right down, this title only exists to cater to a specific fanbase, the one that wishes to see Lois and Clark still together as a couple though in reality, every comic book caters to a specific fanbase. Looking outside of that, the creative team of Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks, Scott Hanna and Brad Anderson create a book that chronicles a tale that is filled with action and drama and with only one issue, has become one of the best Superman books on the stands today. The premise sees Superman in retirement, sort of, as on this alternate Earth the people are just not that fond of ol’ Big Blue. So he and Lois do their thing on the sly, saving the world in their way without anyone knowing that it is actually them. They also happen to have a child who at the moment seems perfectly normal – no Kryptonian powers present. The addition of a child adds a new and exciting aspect to the book because it makes Lois and Clark’s jobs all that much harder as they now have to balance a personal life along with their secret identities. Some might be quick to dismiss this book for a number of reasons, one being that it is yet another alternate reality tale, the second being that Superman has not had the best track record with creators during the last couple of decades but all of that should be forgotten as a good book is a good book and this one is a lot more interesting because of its differences. This is no ordinary Superman story and that fact alone makes it much more appealing. The creative team has a solid and proven track record so that alone should give you a little faith that the book will be good. Lois and Clark has a lot going for it and once read, will make you want to come back for more.

4 out of 5

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