Mind Capsules – The Mighty Thor #5 and Amazing Spider-Man #9

The Mighty Thor #5
The Mighty Thor #5

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Russell Dauterman
Colours – Matthew Wilson
Letters – VC’s Matthew Wilson

The first story arc of Thor’s latest title comes to a close in grand fashion by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman as the battle between Thor and Odin heats up only to grind to a halt as a god falls. Thor gives no quarter as she knows that if she should, there is every chance that Odin will kill her. She also has no sense of obligation to the man as he has always had a disliking for her, whether now as Thor or as her human persona – Jane Foster, of which he still remains in the dark about. Back in Alfheim, the worst has come to pass as the Queen of the Light Elves has been married to Malekith and subsequently imprisoned with he and his partners celebrating the fruition of yet another part of their plan. Back in Asgardia, Cul and his forces are fighting the rest of the gods and while Freya has a plan of her own and most is going according to it, there is always something that will rear its head to buckle the most well-laid of them. Aaron and Dauterman set a rapid pace, the scenes flying by as they alternate between the various plots, cutting back and forth with frenzy as Thor and Odin hammer upon each other. There are machinations upon machinations taking place with many of the gods playing their own game, the others unaware of it. Aside from the action that goes on, it is the intrigue that Aaron peppers the book with that really makes it interesting. It is hard to know who to trust in the Nine Realms of late. With the tragedy that takes place in this issue, as well as the fact that Malekith still remains unchecked, there are a lot of questions that are still unanswered and pertain to the future of not only Asgardia, but of everywhere. All of it is illustrated beautifully by Dauterman whose pencils are not only intricate but electric and each page is simply wondrous to behold. The book leaves off on a big reveal and a cliff-hanger, one that hearkens back to Secret Wars and the Thors tie-in series which is good to see. Despite the ending and everything else that has happened, you have to wonder where Thor Odinson continues to be and if he will be the one to put everything right again.

4.5 out of 5

Amazing Spider-Man #9
Amazing Spider-Man #9

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker – Cam Smith
Colours – Marte Gracia
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

Scorpio Rising begins here and it starts with a bang as Spider-Man and Nick Fury, Jr. head into space to try and reclaim S.H.I.E.L.D.’s satellites. For the most part, this issue runs on humour as the banter between Fury and Spidey fill the bulk of the pages with them trying their best to gain manual control over what S.H.I.E.L.D. had thought they had permanently lost. The thing is, whenever Spidey wants to do something nice and easy, it rarely turns out that way and so it is that Scorpio retaliates against the two in order to stop them from completing their mission. Dan Slott then ratchets up the action and it sees our hero essentially dive from space and try to make re-entry all on his own – no ship, no nothing except his own suit, which never would have or could have happened before this series. It is a moment like this which makes Spider-Man slip further and further into Iron Man territory and yet despite that, it still remains extremely fun. Suffice it to say, our hero survives as a Spider-Man book without Spider-Man would not be the same. While seeing our hero team up with Fury was good and seeing him in action was even better, there is a scene in the book involving Anna Maria which really steals the show. It is nothing Earth-shattering nor are there any big reveals, but it does show her to have a new boyfriend and when Doctor Octopus walks in, now in the body of their robot servant as readers of the book will already know, he almost gives himself away. Ever since the series started, Slott has been teasing us with these small little shots of Doc Ock and you know that it is just building up to his eventual return. Whether it is as Doctor Octopus or as the Superior Spider-Man, it will be a good thing when Otto Octavius finally counts himself among the living once again. Another stunning issue from Slott with stunning pencils from Giuseppe Camuncoli aided by Cam Smith and coloured by Marte Gracia.

4 out of 5

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