Mind Capsules – New Avengers #4 and Invisible Republic #8

New Avengers #4
New Avengers #4

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Gerardo Sandoval
Colours – Dono Sanchez Almara
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

After being seemingly kidnapped, Hulkling finds that he is the long-lost leader of the Knights of the Infinite, a group of half-breeds and outcasts who have dedicated themselves to uniting the Kree and Skrull races under a banner of peace and love. That is all well and good, but Hulkling would rather live on Earth with his friends and with Wiccan, though if Moridun has anything to say about it, Hulkling will do neither. The newest incarnation of the New Avengers continues to be its own version of the team, with an odd mix of members, an interesting leader and one that finds itself on very different missions than they are probably used to with new villains instead of the usual suspects. Altogether, Ewing takes all of these things and makes New Avengers an extremely fun book because you never know what is going to happen or how our characters are going to interact. Another bonus to the series thus far is that while only four issues in, the story-arcs are only two issues apiece. It makes the book easy to jump onto if looking to try out a new title and there is no filler present as Ewing has no need to pad his stories out for those who like to wait for a trade paperback, which also makes it even better for them as well because they are likely to get two or three stories instead of the usual one. So far, everything about this book works and it works really well, even Squirrel Girl who seemed like a really strange choice for a team member as her powers are not exactly the most useful, especially in space. The one thing she does lend though is levity and making the serious situations a little bit lighter is always a good thing. There is somewhat of a cliff-hanger as the book ties into Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers run, something that has been touched upon rarely until this very issue and it should make things very interesting going forward, at least for one of our heroes. While Marvel as of late seem to be focusing less on the mutant race, seeing them as less of a priority than other things in their universe, it is good to see that some writers, like Ewing, take time to acknowledge the going-ons in those X-books, and in this case, specifically with Sunspot. So far, New Avengers is turning out to be the best Avengers book on the stands.

4 out of 5

Invisible Republic #8
Invisible Republic #8

Writer – Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
Artist – Gabriel Hardman
Colours – Jordan Boyd

After finding themselves the guests of the present-day Maia Reveron, Croger Babb and Fran Woronov have just narrowly survived an attack made upon Maia and now they are worried that instead of being killed by outside forces that Maia will do it herself in order to reclaim her journal. In the past, Maia is getting fed up with Arthur’s way of doing things, from holding meetings to what his movement intends to do. With that in mind, she suggests the next target and when all is said and done, she realizes that she is now responsible for the death of a number of men. The dual narrative that takes place in this book continues courtesy of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko and it is as compelling as it ever has been, maybe a little more so now that we know current Maia has something planned and she is not the cold monster that her cousin Arthur turned out to be. We also learn how her journal came into being, though not the exact reason for it. The dual nature of the concurrently running plots finally comes into alignment for as we see Arthur starting to build his Malory Regime in the past, we see Maia starting to do something similar in the present. What exactly it is that she is working towards has not been completely spelled out as of yet, but you can almost guess where it might be heading. As much as the book is about Maia and Arthur, it is just as much about Croger and now Fran as well. What is happening was thought to be a boon for Croger, but now it might be just a little too much while Fran sees it as one of the biggest stories there could ever possibly be. The two reporters might see things just a little differently at the moment and depending on how everything pans out, it could either make them or break them. For now, Invisible Republic remains a book still full of secrets and it continues to be as captivating as ever.

4 out of 5

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