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Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #3 and Gotham Academy #12

Uncanny Avengers #3
Uncanny Avengers #3

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Ryan Stegman
Colours – Richard Isanove
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

The newest member of the Uncanny Avengers makes his debut in the form of Cable who has come back from the future to save both the mutant and human race from extinction. As for the Inhumans, according to Cable some of them at least seem to have survived. Up until this moment, the team has not done so well against The Shredded Man and his horde of plant-beings with Quicksilver even dying. Thankfully Doctor Voodoo is able to pull him back before his soul went any further beyond and that Cable knows how to deal with all of these creatures, not to mention bringing back a cure. Most of the team is used to dealing with Cable from past encounters, but other members like Voodoo and Synapse are not and though they do not like taking orders from somebody they just met, they do so knowing that he may be their only hope. With Cable making his way into the book, the team now finally seems a little more capable than they otherwise would have been thanks to Gerry Duggan. If there is one character that we need to see more of in the Marvel Universe, it is Cable who always brings a ton of action and an air of mystery wherever he goes. Synapse is still a mystery herself, someone we know very little of and why it is exactly that she is on the team in the first place. It makes sense to have an Inhuman representative on the team as they are now a much bigger part of the Marvel Universe and for all intents and purposes, are the new ‘mutants’ of today. The question is why Synapse and not a member of the Royal Family? While it will most likely be explained in time, part of who she is becomes known in the cliff-hanger to the book. What is slightly disappointing is that the way Duggan ends the book, while it is meant to have an impact, is lessened due to the fact that it does indeed have something to do with Synapse, a character that we do not yet have an emotional interest in. Was it a good ending, for sure and it is sure to lead somewhere exciting knowing Duggan, but if it had something to do with one of the bigger characters in the book, people would feel more invested in it than they do with her. Still, Uncanny Avengers is becoming better and better with every issue and it should be a lot of fun to see where the team ends up at the end of the story-arc.

3.5 out of 5

Gotham Academy #12
Gotham Academy #12

Writer – Becky Cloonan, Brenda Fletcher
Artist – Karl Kerschl, Msassyk
Colours – Serge LaPointe, Msassyk
Letters – Marilyn Patrizio

This issue of Gotham Academy not only wraps up everything that has been happening throughout the year, but it also serves as series artist Karl Kerschl’s last. Kerschl helped to make this book what it was and he and his pencils will truly be missed. As for the finale, it was a little bit of a letdown. By the time you hit the last page, you felt a little underwhelmed by it all, as if there should be more and the fact that there was not, was disappointing. For the most part, the mystery of Calamity, Olive’s mom, was solved and not in any grandiose manner either. It was unexpected as part of you wanted to believe that Calamity was alive, but such as it is, the book gives us the Pretty Little Liars ending – one that finishes off the arc, but not really. You would think there would be a little excitement with the end reveal, but it just sort of fell flat. Yes, Olive’s mom is dead, just like she was thought to be but the how of it is still a mystery which leaves it open for the book to revisit at some future point in time. The one thing we do know for sure is that Olive has Calamity’s power, which was already evident from issues past, but is solidified here. Of course, the character that steals the show time and time again is Maps, whose lust for life and adventure is incredibly contagious. Maps makes everything in the book just a little bit better as she is fearless in all things, no matter what it is that the kids might be up against. What the future holds for the kids is up in the air, though you can be sure that some of it will be schoolwork and part of it will have to do with one of the Robin’s thanks to the latest crossover in the next issue. Still, it will be nice to see what the students will get into next now that this adventure has concluded.

3.5 out of 5

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