Mind Capsules – Red Wolf #2 and Uncanny Avengers #4

Red Wolf #2
Red Wolf #2

Writer – Nathan Edmondson
Pencils – Dalibor Talajic
Inker – Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colours – Miroslav Mrva
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

Stranger in a strange land would be an accurate way to describe Red Wolf at this point in his life for he has no idea where he is after the events of the last issue.  Unbeknownst to him he has been flung over a hundred years forward in time and everything around him is not as he remembers it.  Kids riding bikes, planes, cars and all manner of strange things now exist, things that had not even been conceived from his era of origin and it all throws him for a loop, for one minute he was chasing a murderer and the next he was not and now he knows not what to do.  While this issue does little more than show our hero confounded by his current situation, we are introduced to what might be the new supporting cast in Deputy Ortiz and Sheriff Knight.  Though this is only their first appearance, they are quite personable and you find yourself immediately wanting to know more about them as the whole situation gives you a vibe kind of like Showtime’s Banshee.  While the mysterious perpetrator fails to make a comeback in this issue, it looks like Edmondson is setting up another villain for the story a little further down the road and long-term planning on a book is always a good thing, you simply have to wait and see if the book is successful enough for all of those plans to come to fruition.  As for the future of our hero, you can already kind of guess where the book is leading, and it should be pretty interesting if the impressions Edmondson gives are true.  There is also the question of returning Red Wolf home, which at this point seems unlikely, but considering he is a part of the current Marvel Universe, travelling through time should be no problem whatsoever.  The pencils by Dalibor Talajic are fresh with some nice clean lines courtesy of Jose Marzan, Jr. whose inks really make them stand out and coupled with the colouring by Miroslav Mrva and the aforementioned story, the book is off to a slow, but good start.

3.5 out of 5

Uncanny Avengers #4
Uncanny Avengers #4

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Ryan Stegman
Colours – Richard Isanove
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

The first arc of the new Unity squad’s adventures comes to a close as Synapse finally meets up with her grandfather, The Shredded Man.  Though she essentially saves the day with a guilt trip in conjunction with a little mutant terrorism/future planning by Cable, she remains a character that we know very little about and thus, do not really care for.  She has a decent power and seems to be a useful member of the team so far, but Gerry Duggan needs to explore her a bit more before she truly catches on.  The rest of the team is in fine shape and provides a very interesting group dynamic, especially as Rogue puts it, ‘they need more heavy-hitters,’ but they get the job done and Steve has his reasons for assembling this particular cast.  The star of the book, more than any other which you might find strange due to his late entry, is Cable.  Despite having a good group of characters on the team like the aforementioned Rogue, Synapse and Steve Rogers, there is also Deadpool, Quicksilver and Doctor Voodoo.  All of them are useful and intriguing in their ways, and both Rogue and Steve have been leaders of various teams before, but Cable has that mysterious factor about him, the hidden agenda and the commanding presence that immediately draw you in and Gerry Duggan seems to understand that perfectly.  Intrinsically, Cable is the man with the plan, you just have no idea what it might be until he actually reveals it and more often than not, you can count on him to come and save the day.  This book also finds Ryan Stegman hitting his stride with his new style, still retaining that bold look from the first issue, yet evolved a little so that it borders the old with the new and looks pretty fantastic.  The book ends with a win for the team and while there is no clue as to what happens in the next issue, Steve and the team do have a goal in mind, a big enough one that it makes Cable want to stick around.

3.5 out of 5

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