Mind Capsules – Birthright #13 and Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Birthright #13
Birthright #13

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Andrei Bressan
Colours – Adriano Lucas
Letters – Pat Brosseau

While Mikey and Brennan have been on the hunt for the mages of Terrenos hidden on Earth, they run into Sameal, the wizard who is probably the most dangerous of the bunch. The one thing the brothers did not count on, Mikey more so than Brennan, is that Sameal would take the fight to them and he is unlike any foe they have faced thus far. Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan continue to show events in the book from Mikey’s past and present and where they seemed to line up at first, they are now starting to conflict as the young Mikey is still an innocent while the older one looks to be a minion of Lore with a very hidden agenda. Brennan has had his doubts and the wizards that they encounter all proclaim Mikey to be evil. There is the twist in the book that was introduced a little while back about the true champion and while nothing has been revealed to make that concrete as of yet, this issue provides at least a little more evidence to make it more of a truth than it had been previously. Things are starting to get more interesting for Mikey’s father Aaron as he is starting to come around to the idea of making a deal with the Feds and unknowingly, one of the mages while Mikey’s mother finds herself in a tricky predicament as well. One of the better things that Williamson portrays in the book is Brennan’s loyalty to Mikey, that of one brother to another and proving that the bonds of family are the strongest and that is ultimately what this book is about more than anything else. Even so, Brennan has had a moment of doubt, disbelieving Mikey’s story and if the seed is there, it will only start to grow. It only remains as to when we as readers will see the results of that and what happens when and if Brennan finally turns on his brother. There was definitely a lot of excitement to be had in this issue and you only know that as things progress, there is going to be a whole lot more.

3.5 out of 5

Guardians of the Galaxy #4
Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Valerio Schiti
Colours – Richard Isanove
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

Hala, supposedly the last of the Kree’s Accusers, has devastated Spartax and nearly killed Gamora. She is angry – angrier than perhaps any of the Guardians has ever been and she will have her vengeance upon them and Peter Quill and nothing will stop her. The Guardians meanwhile have been off rescuing Peter, leaving Gamora with Hala and Peter once rescues, wishes to go back no matter the cost as Gamora is one of them. With a plan born of desperation, it looks as if the Guardians might pull out a win that is until Yotat the Destroyer of Destroyers shows up. This latest book by Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti features everything that makes the Guardians as good as they are – lots of action, humour and reckless plans and yet, while it is a lot of fun, you just wish it could be a little more serious at times. Having the funny turned on all the time works for certain characters in certain books, this is not one of them. A perfect example would be the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning run, a series that knew how to balance serious science-fiction drama with a little bit of humour now and then. That is how the Guardians should be – a serious team that can give you a chuckle every now and then and not a running gag. Still, there are some pretty good moments in the book, namely those with Hala and Gamora, not to mention the ending which promised a continuation of the beat-down the Guardians were receiving from the aforementioned Hala, only this time from Yotat. One little revelation that Bendis did manage to make had to do with an advancement in Peters character. Where he has always been the freewheeling space rogue, we see him transform into a man who cares for his subjects and has finally embraced the role of being a king, or at the very least he has for the moment as you can guess that he will at some point rejoin the team and their spacefaring ways. Another solid issue.

3.5 out of 5

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