Mind Capsules – Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #3 and New Avengers #7

Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #3
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #3

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

Patsy has gone through a number of life changes lately, one of which includes moving in with her new friend Ian. That also brings a new problem into the equation as Ian’s landlord is a corrupt little man who enjoys kicking people out on the street and keeping their safety deposits. While Patsy does not like that one little bit, she does enjoy the fact that he has a hot son but as she means to do something about the former, it conflicts with the latter. Writer Kate Leth does not make it so easy on our heroine though, as one of those problems that usually afflicts the other tenants, does so to Patsy and Ian as well – namely bed bugs, and when Patsy finds out the truth of the matter, it ruins things doubly so. The fun continues in Patsy Walker’s third issue and this book is the perfect alternative to the main line of superhero titles that Marvel puts out. There is no shortage of smiles that cross your face as you read this book as Leth knows how to pour as much humour and comedy into the story as humanly possible; frustrating, annoying and making Patsy’s life as hard as she can. People generally laugh at the misery of others which does not speak highly of society as a whole, yet such is the case here and it is hard not to snicker as the trouble that Patsy manages to get into is often ridiculous more often than not. Brittney L. Williams is a wonderful artist who really brings this little corner of the Marvel Universe to life giving it a really lighthearted feel that mirrors and compliments the story that Leth is trying to tell. The supporting cast is turning out to be just as fun to read about as Patsy is, including the aforementioned Ian, her old friend Tom and her even older friend and returning nemesis Hedy Wolfe. The great thing about this book is that Patsy is not always in costume as Hellcat, a novel idea in a book full of them. This is more of a story about her and her personal life than it is when she is a superhero. If there is one thing that Marvel has been excelling in as of late, it is comedy books and this title may just be the best one yet.

4.5 out of 5

New Avengers #7
New Avengers #7

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – J. Cassara
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

The Maker, the Reed Richards from the Ultimate Universe, is up to no good, just like he always is. This time he has decided to directly confront the New Avengers or at least one of them, sort of, through another. It all comes down to White Tiger versus White Tiger and only one of them will walk away. It is not often that Ava Ayala gets a moment to shine and this particular issue is all about her and her predecessor Angela Del Toro, deceased agent of the Hand. Though she was locked up, The Maker has other ideas for Angela and just so happens to have the Tiger Amulet from his universe for her to claim. So it is that Al Ewing and artist J. Cassara deliver an exciting tale that will determine the fate of both women, for better or worse. As a villain, The Maker is truly wonderful in his dastardly ways. He was okay as a hero once upon a time, but he is much better now as a man who is completely unforgiving and cruel in ways that many villains can only dream of. It was inspired of Ewing to make him the big bad of this series instead of just going to the same old well that everyone pulls from for the Avengers, not that there is anything really wrong with that. As for the rest of the team, they are elsewhere except for Power Man and while he tries to help out his comrade, he fails spectacularly and the book is left on a bit of a cliff-hanger as we are privy to the next part of The Maker’s plan. There is little of Ewing’s brand of humour present, instead packing the book full of drama and action and it is a great done-in-one story that sets it up for whatever comes next. Cassara draws it all quite well and if Gerardo Sandoval were unable to return to the book, Cassara would be the person who would be ideally suited to do so. After Hickman, there were big shoes to fill and Ewing has done so admirably.

4 out of 5

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