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Mind Capsules – The Uncanny Inhumans #2 and Starfire #6

The Uncanny Inhumans #2
The Uncanny Inhumans #2

Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Steve McNiven
Inker – Jay Leisten
Colours – Sunny Cho
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

Ahura is the son of Black Bolt and Medusa, the heir to the kingdom as it were and the reason why the two heads of state are no longer a happily married couple. For quite a while now, Ahura has been missing, secretly bartered to Kang in order to keep him safe and all of this unknown to Medusa. It is in this issue that she finds out and it is here that the fate of all Inhumans catches up to them. Some, not all, of the current batch of titles to come out post-Secret Wars picks right back up where they left off and this book happens to be one of them. Charles Soule and Steve McNiven continue the seeds sown in the previous volume and here we see Black Bolt head back to Attilan to gain some help in rescuing his son back from Kang after a failed mission. There is an immediate and interesting dynamic that takes place as Black Bolt meets his wife’s new lover, one Johnny Storm by name. There is evident hostility between the two and while Johnny can be somewhat of a hothead and has a fairly impressive ability, you do not want to be on the end of the silence that Black Bolt directs your way as one word from him could shatter a mountain. Because of the failed rescue attempt to get Ahura back, Kang has made it his goal to punish the Inhumans and Black Bolt in particular and he does so by slowly and methodically, wiping the Inhumans from history as if they never were. Thankfully with Johnny and Beast on the team now, they have a little help that may just get them through. While the story has been quite good, Steve McNiven’s usually dependable pencils do not look like those that we are so used to seeing from the man. Whether that is do to Jay Leisten’s inking or something else altogether, it is like looking at two styles mashed together and while it is not terrible, it is a little odd. As the Inhumans are erased and one by one until there are very few left, one of those who are no longer present is Gorgon, recently paralysed, which may just be a good thing. If the timeline can be restored, perhaps they can fix Gorgon up so he is once again the loveable war machine that everyone cares about. With a cliff-hanger that promises quite the confrontation, Uncanny Inhumans continues to entertain.

4 out of 5

Starfire #6
Starfire #6

Writer – Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist – Emmanuela Lupacchino
Inker – Ray McCarthy
Colours – Hi-Fi
Letters – Tom Napolitano

If it is not one thing then it is another as Starfire first battles Soren, a man responsible for a whole lot of murders and then as soon as she is able to catch a breath, she is in the middle of a fight with a bounty hunter sent from her home world. Koriand´r is a gentle soul and wants nothing more than to just live in peace with her newfound friends and learn about her newly adopted home, and so because of these continual threats, she finally loses her cool and the warrior inside of her comes out. With this issue, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti test Kori’s patience and suffice it to say, she shows us a side of her that we have not really seen up until this point. She has always been the funny and congenial alien, wanting to be friends with everyone, maybe a little too trusting at times, but perfectly able to take care of herself as was shown perfectly by her battles in this issue. While the writing has always been sharp, funny and on point in this series, it is the artwork by Emmanuela Lupacchino that is the real star and it was quite sad to hear that she was leaving the book for another project. Comics are a visual medium and Lupacchino is definitely one of the best, so whoever follows in her footsteps is going to have very large shoes to fill. A few questions remain come the end of the issue like what will happen to Soren and why was the bounty hunter sent to Earth after Kori, but knowing the writers of this book, you can be sure that they will be answered in due fashion. The book leaves off with a character we are all familiar with arriving in town and it should make things very interesting and a whole lot of fun going forward.

4 out of 5

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