Mind Capsules – Uncanny Inhumans #3 and The Shadow #5

Uncanny Inhumans #3
Uncanny Inhumans #3

Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Steve McNiven
Inker – Jay Leisten
Colours – Sunny Gho, Java Tartaglia
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino

The son of Black Bolt and Medusa, one Ahura by name, is quite angry with them. To be fair, Black Bolt did abandon him to Kang and where they find themselves now in the future, all of it happened a very long time ago. During those years, Kang made him erase the Inhumans from the timestream and from history and though Ahura eventually figured out what he was doing, he still did so knowing full well what the consequences were. In this present, Ahura means to destroy the monarchs and he has been practicing how to do so for many years. Charles Soule brings this tale of family to tragic life with a little help from Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten and it is a tragedy because things should never have gotten this far out of hand. Because they did so, it is only right that Black Bolt tries to fix it no matter the cost. Uncanny Inhumans continues to prove why the Royal Family are just that – a family. They might argue and quarrel and even break-up with each other, but when it really matters, family is the tie that binds. We get to know Ahura a little better, more than we ever have before and the sad events of his life are played out for his mother and father. What is most exciting about this book is that Black Bolt gets to use his power not once, but a couple of times and no matter how many times you see it, it is still impressive. Though it is always great to see the Royal Family in action, and there is quite a bit of action to be had in this issue, the Nuhumans get a moment to shine, especially Reader as do Beast and the Human Torch. Steve McNiven provides the artwork for this book and his pencils are lacking a little of the electricity they usually deliver. Perhaps it is because he has an inker or maybe it is the chore of keeping a monthly grind, but whatever the case, while they are still quite excellent and not bad by any sense of the word, there is just something missing. All in all though, this book continues to deliver the goods, always making you want to return for more.

4 out of 5

The Shadow #5
The Shadow #5

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Giovanni Timpano
Colours – Marco Lesko
Letters – Simon Bowland

Cullen Bun and Giovanni Timpano wrap up the mystery of The Last Illusion, that dreaded secret that has brought nothing but murder and chaos to the lives of those associated with the magic world. It is a secret so great that Houdini returned from the dead to deliver it to his wife, one that could mean the return of real magic to the world and one that many would kill for. It is also a secret that The Shadow means to keep after learning of it and to protect his friend’s legacy from all those that would tarnish it. The first arc of this second volume starring The Shadow is a good one, something a little different from the norm and it is a story that has seen our hero tested to his limits as masters of illusion and trickery try to best the man. The story and the artwork have been appropriately moody, lending the book an air of horror and mystery that complemented its noir roots and made it a real joy to read. One question that rears its head is why did Houdini return to tell his wife at all? Why not just keep the secret where none could claim it? There is finality to the grave that few can traverse, if any, and instead, by telling it to the living, it simply put his wife in danger, which thankfully The Shadow was able to do something about. It is the only bit of faulty logic to be found in the book, but putting that aside, it made for a very entertaining story and you have to wonder where Bunn will lead our hero next.

3.5 out of 5

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