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Mind Capsules – The Ultimates #7 and Swamp Thing #5

The Ultimates #7
The Ultimates #7

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Kenneth Rocafort
Colours – Dan Brown
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino

Heavy is the head as they say and while Captain Marvel may not wear a crown, she is in charge of a good many people and is the face of the human race in her role as Ambassador of the Earth. More often than not, Carol Danvers has her hands full and on this particular day, she has a little bit too much on her plate, thus making her a little testy towards those who would think to push her buttons. One of those people is Commader M’Korr of the Shi’ar. The man enjoys meddling and bothering Captain Marvel to no extent, looking for a way to advance his career by any means necessary. To make her day even worse, she has to visit Project Pegasus where the rumour of them fooling around with Cosmic Cubes becomes fact and where she puts an immediate stop to it, especially after the debacle with Pleasant Hill. Though she might have her own title, it is still nice to see Carol get the spotlight every now and then as it really cements her as a power-player in the Marvel Universe. Al Ewing and the returning Kenneth Rocafort deliver a great story with the latest issue, not only focusing on Captain Marvel, but they also manage to bring back one of the biggest threats to the Marvel Universe and leave the book on a cliff-hanger at the same time. Whether the return of this character will signal a future mission for the team or if it heralds the seeds of Marvel’s next big event remains to be seen, but you can tell that this issue is going to be an important one. Additionally, there is a fantastic scene between T’Challa and Blue Marvel, one that shows the Black Panther in a way that we have rarely seen – that of him being a king. Everyone knows that the Panther is the king of Wakanda, yet as is usually the case, we only see him as the hero or the man – very rarely as the monarch. It takes the threat of Connor Sims or Anti-Man, the man Blue Marvel and the team recently rescued to bring this side of T’Challa to the forefront. T’Challa sees Sims as an ongoing threat, not only to humanity, but more importantly to Wakanda and he wants Sims executed before any more harm can be done. It is a powerful scene and it makes you wonder if the team, specifically Blue Marvel, can move past this to work with the hero again or if he will only see the king of a foreign country before him. This was a truly wonderful book by all involved and one that keeps getting bigger and better with every passing issue.

4.5 out of 5

Swamp Thing #5
Swamp Thing #5

Writer – Len Wein
Artist – Kelley Jones
Colours – Michelle Madsen
Letters – Rob Leigh

The latest issue of Swamp Thing has it all including a trip to Nanda Parbat, The Phantom Stranger, Deadman, The Spectre, life, death and more. Len Wein has been doing a great job on the latest iteration of muck monster’s title with some real old-school horror gracing its pages. Making it even better is Kelley Jones who is no stranger to those things that go bump in the night and his work is appropriately dark and creepy, giving this book the visuals needed to bring this story to life. As such, the current book finds our hero Alec Holland very much alive and in conversation with the Parliament of Trees who want him to take the mantle of Swamp Thing back. Alec of course, raises a very good question as to why the Parliament does not simply take the power away from Matt Cable and just give it back to him. It seems like whatever enchantment that Zatanna worked prevents them from doing so and thus, Alec must now seek out a way to redress the wrong that was done. Feeling quite terrible over the whole thing and realizing what a mistake it was as soon as the spell was over, Alec is now willing to do whatever it takes to stop Matt and if that means being the Swamp Thing once again, then that is exactly what he is going to do. Wein spins a good yarn with this latest chapter and while sometimes the dialogue seems a little iffy – in this case during the scene with the Parliament, it does not hamper the story overall and continues to be a lot of fun. Though you have to assume that Alec is going to be successful in his quest, you still find yourself wondering just a little bit if everything will return to the status quo or if Wein will shake things up a bit. So far, the book has been fairly exciting and it is hopeful the conclusion coming next issue keeps that up.

3.5 out of 5

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