Mind Capsules – Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1 and Hellbreak #9

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1

Writer – Kate Leth
Artist – Brittney L. Williams
Colours – Megan Wilson
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles

As readers of Marvel Comics may or may not know, they once published romance titles and a lot of them, many years ago. They were numerous and they were popular with some of the most famous characters to come from them being Millie the Model, Hedy Wolfe and the star of this very comic, Patsy Walker. Patsy has had a very strange history throughout the years, being the subject of said romance comics, joining the Defenders, hooking up with the Son of Satan and more and not all of it has been easy. Now she finds herself unemployed, recently being fired by She-Hulk, yet still remaining friends, and she discovers that her old friend Hedy is still publishing romance comics about her, which now that Patsy is a little hard up for cash, she is going to try and claim her fair share of the profits. One of the most intriguing concepts to spin out of any Marvel comic of late is what Kate Leth does here – taking the actual fact that Patsy was a romance comic book star and applying it to her fictional life as if it was part of her history all along. It works exceptionally well and it adds a unique dynamic to Patsy that was never seen previously. Most people in this day and age think of Patsy Walker as Hellcat, the superhero who goes around fighting crime with the Avengers or whoever in a cat suit. Now, Patsy has an entirely different side of her which is ripe for exploration and already it has turned out to be a lot of fun, especially as characters from those early books are starting to make appearances. Another bonus to this book is the fact that it is an all-ages title. It joins the likes of many Marvel books as of late like Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and Squirrel Girl in not only being perfect for those young in age, but also those who are simply fans of the characters or want a little lighthearted reading. Everyone can pick this book up and enjoy it easily and after reading said comic, you will wonder where this title had been all your life and how it is possible that it is as good as it is. For a title that nobody was asking for whatsoever, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat is an excellent surprise and a book you will not want to live without ever again.

5 out of 5

Hellbreak #9
Hellbreak #9

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Brian Churilla
Colours – Gonzalo Duarte
Letters – Crank!

Recently, the team has found themselves trapped in Bedlam, a realm of Hell that is not exactly the nicest of places to be, though really, the same could be said for any of them. This particular issue focuses on Joseph, his past and just how it is that he is going to escape, hopefully with the remainder of his team and the soul they came to extract. Bedlam seems to be filled not only with your standard demons, but demon psychiatrists who supposedly only want to help Joseph. The man knows better though and knows that they only want to find a way to Earth so that they can cause whatever kind of mischief it is that they want to sow. For the most part, this was a pretty interesting book as it gave us a look at another member of the team who has not really had the spotlight as of yet. It failed to really advance the plot very much, or at least until the last couple of pages, but sometimes the plot comes secondary to tell your overall story. Figuring out who your characters are and letting the reader know who they are is just as important. If you cannot care about the characters than there is no reason to get emotionally invested in the book and if that does not happen, then why bother reading it? Bunn understands that and thus the reason for this little origin tale. Now that it is over though, it will be nice to get back to the action and find out just where it goes from here, what is going on with Kerberos and the church and what will happen to everyone in this book.

3 out of 5

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