Mind Capsules – The Ultimates #1 and Hellbreak #8

The Ultimates #1
The Ultimates #1

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Kenneth Rocafort
Colours – Dan Brown

There have been a few different iterations of this team over the last decade or more and now that the Ultimate Universe is no more, Al Ewing brings us another one, a team made up from the ashes of his Mighty Avengers run with a couple of new additions to make things interesting. So with a group now consisting of the Blue Marvel, Black Panther, Spectrum, Captain Marvel and Ms. America, they set out to do what very few teams or singular heroes have thought to do which is to solve a problem before it becomes one. Now if you happened to look at the cover to the book, you may have guessed that Galactus has something to do with the story and he very much does, in fact being the first problem that our group is going to try to get a handle on. It is not going to be an easy feat, for solving the hunger of the Ravager of Worlds will be a monumental task, but if they can do so, the universe will owe these Ultimates a debt of gratitude. Unlike the Mighty Avengers, Ewing lessens the humour in this book, giving it a more serious tone. It is still there and it does provide a smile and a chuckle at times, but the book’s focus has changed and thus, so too has Ewing’s writing style. It is great to see some new heroes on the team, most notably Black Panther who now runs a Wakandan company from the heart of New York in a building called The Triskelion. What is most intriguing about this little revelation is that the building has an Alpha Flight wing. Just what that could refer to, whether it is the Canadian super-team or something else altogether, more than piques your curiosity. Ewing grabs your attention with that bit of info and after that; you continue to pay mind to the rest of the book just in case he slips something else in. Also nice to see is Ms. America making her presence known in the post-Secret Wars landscape as well as Carol Danvers being a part of a team again. This may not be The Ultimates in the classic sense of the book, but it does feature quite a few heavy-hitters and should the time come for a little action, they will be more than ready. With a great story, some really pretty pencils from Kenneth Rocafort and a gripping story, The Ultimates is off to a great start.

4.5 out of 5

Hellbreak #8
Hellbreak #8

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Brian Churilla
Colours – Gonzalo Duarte

Father Lloyd is man who tries to do good all in the name of his god, but sometimes it is very trying and sometimes he slips up. One of those slips happened recently when a soul that was recently returned from Hell was sent back with his help. It is true that the man was evil through and through and was a drug lord on top of that, but it was not up to Father Lloyd to stand as judge, jury and essentially, executioner. As such, when confronted by his widow, he is shaken because he realizes that he was in the wrong and when it comes time to perform an exorcism, his faith is not as solid as it should be. After seven issues of looking at the Kerberos team and its members, the spotlight falls upon Father Lloyd, the man responsible for ridding the victims of their demons in time for their soul’s return. Cullen Bunn and Brian Churilla continue to reveal that not all in Project Kerberos is up to snuff, that there are flaws appearing all along its base and if they cannot be shored up, it will soon collapse in upon itself. The good Father has been present from the beginning of the title and we previously saw how he had Alexa’s husband killed. Part of it was out of righteousness, part of it lust and that made his sin doubly bad in the eyes of his lord. If he cannot find forgiveness and get back on track, it is quite possible that Jenner and his team will fell the consequences, especially as they are in Hell at the moment trying to retrieve a soul. So far, all we have been shown as readers are the successes that have been made, what about the failures? Hellbreak is a book that makes you ponder over its ongoing mystery and thusly, keeps you coming back for more.

4 out of 5

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