Mind Capsules – All New, All Different Avengers #10 and Nailbiter #22

All New, All Different Avengers #10
All New, All Different Avengers #10

Writer – Mark Waid
Artist – Mahmud Asrar
Colours – Dave McCaig
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

For those that have been reading Nova’s ongoing title or the end of the last issue will have learned that Nova’s father who had returned of late was indeed just a clone and thus the real man, still somewhere lost in space. Nova of course, is beside himself and was ready to head off in search of his dad all by his lonesome. Luckily he is an Avenger now and has a team that is more than willing to back him up – which they do. Mark Waid crafts a fun tale with this latest issue and it finds our heroes headed into space in one of the worst ships ever crafted which is simply due to the fact that Tony recently lost everything, or nearly everything and cannot afford anything more. Also adding to the humour of the situation is the fact that Thor has to power the ship with her hammer or it would not be able to lift itself off the ground. As it is, Waid leads us into a mystery that finds a planet made up of many different races, home to none and a danger that they discover they must defend against without knowing the consequences of what happens if they fail. Though the book starts off a little bit on the slow side, Waid picks it right up and delivers a fair amount of action with Mahmud Asrar handling the artistic side of things. What is really good to see is a Nova-centric story, one that focuses upon one of the lesser characters on the team that many might not be familiar with and gives him a platform in this book which has a much bigger audience than his solo title does. Though the main storyline is quite good, the secondary plot focusing on the new Wasp who is on a trip with Jarvis to meet Janet Van Dyne, who is also the Wasp, is a lot of fun as well. You have to think it will be a lot harder to create a fan-base for this new Wasp as Janet is so beloved to long-time Avengers fans, but it has been done with many characters of late, the current Nova, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel just to name three. At the end of the day, Waid has been creating a fun, classic type of Avengers title, one that is great for new readers and one that will charm older ones.

3.5 out of 5

Nailbiter #22
Nailbiter #22

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski
Letters – John J. Hill

When last we left off, Alice was being held prisoner as a sacrifice to the serial killer gods or some such nonsense by Kyle and his friends. It would be not soon after that her life would be in serious danger as Kyle and said friends would all be murdered with Buckaroo’s latest killer about to kill her. At the same time, Edward is riding home with Finch to Buckaroo where he discusses the reason for his leaving town all those many years ago to where Finch accidentally slips out that Alice is Edward’s daughter, not knowing that Edward has no idea about her in the slightest. Ratcheting up the tension of the series tenfold is Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson, the men who have captured our imaginations for twenty-two issues now and are sure to do so for another twenty-two or even more if they so choose. When it begins, it looks as if Alice is going to join the ranks of the dead in Buckaroo and yet surprisingly, she is able to avoid the knife and able to defend herself quite well. It is a series of scenes that go by extremely quick like most good slasher films and it really sets a good pace for the issue and the suspense and mystery that follow. Aside from all the attempted killing going on, Crane has a talk with The Blond, but not before Edward almost kills Finch and himself and it leaves the book off on another promise of a meeting that is either going to go extremely well or very, very bad. If there is one thing that Williamson and Henderson have been doing that other books fail to do, that is raising the stakes with every storyline and continually building upon what has come before so that you as a reader are left guessing all the time as to just where it is that they could go next. Combining it all with a little drama and a little humour to brighten things up occasionally, Nailbiter is the only comic about serial killers you should be reading and one of the best books that Image continues to produce. A truly incredible read each and every time.

4.5 out of 5

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