Mind Capsules – Starve #7 and Uncanny Inhumans #6

Starve #7
Starve #7

Writer – Brian Wood
Artist – Danijel Zezelj
Colours- Dave Stewart
Letters – Steve Wands

Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj continue Starve with Gavin still essentially retired from the game and his daughter Angie the new heir to the throne. That does not mean that Gavin is done with cooking though as he has now purchased a fast food restaurant in the hopes of turning it around and simply doing what he loves to do – cook. Surprisingly, he is keeping the menu as it is, but he is going to start using all-fresh ingredients from the neighbourhood if he can get them and try to keep the prices the same so that the local clientele will still want to come out and eat there on a regular basis. To that effect, the book plays out like a Gordon Ramsay cooking show where he goes out on a tour of the local suppliers and such, trying to find the best product and trying to keep it local. Unsurprisingly, it works just as it has from the very first issue and Wood’s idea of creating a combative cooking show on paper has been a unilateral success. As Gavin does his thing, we also see his daughter taking over his position at Starve and moving up the ladder without missing a beat. In fact, Angie has done so well that she is now being offered a deal that one could only dream of and she would be a fool not to take it – one that would put her on the same level that her father used to be on. The fact of the matter is that they are two different people though and there is the chance that she might just turn it down. If she does accept it, there is every possibility that she will turn out just like her father and there could not be a worse situation than that. The artwork, despite the story being a fairly solid drama, is moody and slightly provocative with its dark colouring and use of solid blacks. Zezelj paints this perfect portrait of a society that is a reflection of our own, and you cannot help but admire just how well it suits this tale of redemption. Always a solid read, Starve should be on your pull list if it is not already.

4 out of 5

Uncanny Inhumans #6
Uncanny Inhumans #6

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

The Quiet Room, Black Bolt’s new club was supposed to be a safe haven for anyone who needed it. It is a place for those who might just want a drink in peace, whether hero or villain or perhaps a place for those that might want to conduct a little business without any interference. Ever since the arrival of Medusa, Iso and Ahura though, things have steadily spiralled out of control and now it is Black Bolt who will have to try and put things right. Charles Soule and the amazingly talented Brandon Peterson bring us yet another chapter of the Inhumans that focuses a little more on their king as well as reintroduce a returning threat from the previous ongoing title. For those that have been reading the book, it will come as a surprise because there seemed to be a finality about said villains final appearance, yet return the villain does and it cannot mean anything good for any of the Inhumans or even humanity in general. There is a lot of fun to be had in the book, particularly seeing Black Bolt stop a couple of brawlers or Iso trying to stop The Leader and Mr. Hyde from blowing the place up in nuclear fire and though it may never reach the level of comedy where you might laugh out loud, Soule at least knows how to put a smile on your face. The book is packed with action as there are so many things going on at once that it jumps from scene to scene with a rapidness the book rarely exhibits. Whosoever said that the Inhumans could not be exciting has obviously not read this or its companion title. Frank McGee makes a return to the book which was great to see and a couple more characters are introduced though whether they stick around is another matter altogether. With a great cliff-hanger to leave the book on, Soule and Peterson guarantee you will return for yet another adventure.

3.5 out of 5

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