Mind Capsules – Weirdworld #1 and All-New X-Men #2

Weirdworld #1
Weirdworld #1

Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Mike Del Mundo
Colours – Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

Becca has no idea where she is. She was on her way to dispose of her mother’s ashes when she suddenly found herself in the middle of a battle in who knows where and to say she is a little befuddled is putting it lightly. She soon finds herself talking to a strange little man in a mask who claims responsibility for bringing her to Weirdworld from Earth, a wizard named Ogeode who those in the know will remember as the man responsible for creating the Crystal Warriors including Crystar. Sadly, Goleta the Wizardslayer puts an end to him almost immediately and Becca finds herself squiring for Goleta as she has no idea what to actually do, now stranded on an alien planet. Or something of the sort. Where Jason Aaron left off, Sam Humphries picks up and we are taken back to Weirdworld with a new leading character in Becca and the ever-evolving mystery that is the land she now finds herself in. Joining Humphries is artist extraordinaire Mike Del Mundo whose painted work is some of the best in the business and he transforms what would otherwise seem like the not quite mundane into the extremely fascinating. This issue features a little of what we have seen before, namely Moltar, Arkon and Morgan Le Fay, and a little that we have not. What is most interesting is that Weirdworld survived Secret Wars and is now a permanent fixture in the Marvel Universe. How it did so is obviously not known, but the fact that it did opens up an entirely new realm of storytelling opportunities, not only for the Black Knight or Arkon or Crystar, but for all the characters in the Marvel U that might have fallen by the wayside and have nowhere to go as of yet. Becca is an intriguing character thus far; though there is really very little to go on at the moment, but it should be a lot of fun finding out as we discover not only more of her, but more of the land and the inhabitants that makeup Weirdworld. A truly fun read from start to finish.

4 out of 5

All-New X-Men #2
All-New X-Men #2

Writer – Dennis Hopeless
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Andrew Hennessy
Colours – Nolan Woodward
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

Cyclops is not a happy man. His entire life is in turmoil and he is having the hardest time coming to grips with it. At first, everything seemed fine – the Professor was alive, Jean was his girl and he knew up from down. Then Beast from the present decided that the future of the X-Men lay in the past, the past where happy Scott lived. After many events, including Secret Wars and the death of his older-self, Scott wants nothing more to do with anything else, but as long as the Ghosts of Cyclops exist in the world, so too will Scott. This new mutant group, arguably named after one of the X-Men’s greatest leaders is something the mutant community does not need at the moment and Scott sees that. His friends, the other X-Men who had come forward in time with him also want to stop the Ghosts, but as of yet, it is turning out to be harder than they anticipated. Dennis Hopeless continues to paint an interesting picture of what it is like to be a mutant in the Marvel Universe at the moment after the death of the elder Cyclops, something we have yet to see or find fully explained. The only problem with this title is a larger sense of purpose that seems to be missing at the moment. If it is merely to tell a story about the inner turmoil of the young Scott Summers and to show the effect of the older Scott’s death on mutantdom, than they are doing a great job of it but it is hard to see just where the book is headed at the moment. Still, it is a good read, maybe not as good as some, but enjoyable enough that you continue to want to see where it is going.

3.5 out of 5

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