Mind Capsules – Birthright #14 and Uncanny Inhumans #5

Birthright #14
Birthright #14

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

As of this point in the series, Mikey has seemed like a guy that can take anything on and come out the winner. Except the Diviner who revealed the truth of his nature and now Sameal, one of the mages who have been hiding on Earth for many years now. Still, any battle you can walk away from as they say. The next fight is one that may not end up with a happy ending though as Brennan finally confronts his brother about all the recent events and how Mikey should never have come back. It is a confrontation that all brothers tend to have in their life about one thing or another, but when all is said and done and they have somewhat patched things up, you get the idea that this is just the opening bout in a battle that is not going to be over anytime soon. It also seems preordained as Mikey has Lore’s presence within him and the Diviner in previous issues has alluded to Brennan being the champion. Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan also cut to both Aaron and his wife Wendy who are separately going about the task of finding their kids. Both only want the best for them, even for Mikey which they still find a little hard to believe that he is who he is, though it does make things a little easier for Wendy now that she has met Rya, a woman with literal wings who also claims to be pregnant with his child. Aaron is working with the FBI agent who has his own agenda and is one of the mages and who, at the first chance he gets, betrays Aaron to leave the book on an exciting cliff-hanger. Williamson continues to pack the book with deceit and suspense and it comes from all corners while Bressan draws it all, making it into one of the best fantasy books to debut in years. Many questions still arise, one such being why do the mages not team up to defeat Mikey and Lore? They might be powerful on their own, but together, there is no chance that Mikey could ever defeat them. First things first though as we have to see if Mikey will survive his next encounter.

4 out of 5

Uncanny Inhumans #5
Uncanny Inhumans #5

Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Brandon Peterson
Colours – Java Tartaglia
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

One of the more interesting aspects to happen during the Secret Wars series Attilan Rising was the introduction of the Quiet Room; the bar ran by Black Bolt. In this new iteration, Charles Soule continues to have Black Bolt manage the place and it is a bar that is open to anyone who wishes to visit, as long as they respect the rules – the main one being that of neutrality. Black Bolt is happy to entertain anyone whether hero or villain, but he will enforce the rules when he needs to. It is into this new club that Medusa, Ahura and Iso come, as a meeting with Black Bolt is needed about the Skyspears. Yet events within the bar have disrupted the meeting and while it might be seen as an annoyance by some, all Black Bolt can do is smile. While the meeting goes on, we are privy to a few events that are going on such as the poker game between the Leader and the Mad Thinker, a conference for Ennilux, the other Inhuman nation who are looking for a new direction and the introduction of Flagman who is quite the exciting character. While it is great to see Black Bolt and Medusa getting along together even though they are not a couple at the moment, the real star of this show was Brandon Peterson whose artwork is simply stunning. Peterson has always been a great artist, better than most, but for a while, he seemed to have faded away – only doing a few books here and there. As of this moment, there is no better artist suited to the task of drawing the Inhumans than he is. With Peterson at the helm and aided by Java Tartaglia on colours, Black Bolt and company have never seemed more alive and each page is a thing of beauty. Excellent work by everyone involved on the book, but by Peterson most of all.

4 out of 5

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