Mind Capsules – Detective Comics #934 and New Avengers #12

Detective Comics #934
Detective Comics #934

Writer – James Tynion IV
Artist – Eddy Barrows
Inker – Eber Ferreira
Colours – Adriano Lucas
Letters – Marilyn Patrizio

Things are going to have to change in Gotham, not necessarily because Batman wants them to, but because they have to. Instead of the villains though, it is its heroes that must adapt and get better because Batman has noticed that he and all his companions have been under surveillance. Who it is that is doing the watching is unknown, but the tech that is being used is far beyond what Bruce has ever seen and it worries him. So it is that Batman decides he needs to get everyone together and train them up to be as good as they can possibly be and enlisting Batwoman’s help to do so. While this is a post-52 universe, it is still very much the same with little, if anything, having changed in this book whatsoever aside from the numbering and the creative team. Be that as it may, James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows deliver a strong opening chapter entitled Rise of the Batmen. What is most interesting about what Bruce is doing, is his choice of recruits. Robin of course is immediately brought on board, but so is Spoiler, Orphan and the biggest surprise of all – Clayface. You immediately have to wonder just how well this ‘team’ is going to work out and get along with each other as there are many different personalities in play, but it should be highly enjoyable no matter what the outcome might be. Tynion also paints a great dynamic between Bruce and Kate, both of them fiercely independent though able to work with others if need be. Kate does not fully trust Batman, even after he reveals what he does to her, but she does eventually agree to work with him as long as he understands that it is a partnership and not a dictatorship. Adding to the great story is the fantastic artwork of Barrows which is embellished by Eber Ferreira and beautifully coloured by Adriano Lucas. The book looks as if it had come straight from the big screen, the pencils are that stunning. What stings just a little after you read this is just how much you miss Batwoman having an ongoing title, especially after she is portrayed so well here. The end of the book leaves off with the mystery villain still a mystery and it ensures you want to come back for more, aside from the rest of the tale which was executed perfectly. This may not be very much of a reboot or a re-start, but it is a fresh and exciting return to great Bat-stories, which is all you really want at the end of the day.

4.5 out of 5

New Avengers #12
New Avengers #12

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Paco Medina
Inker – Juan Vlasco
Colours – Jesus Aburtov
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

For the moment, things are going all right for the New Avengers, being as they are only three members at this point in time. As it is, Squirrel Girl, Wiccan and Hulkling are facing off against that giant Celestial that appeared in New York City, more recently seen in Civil War II #1. While things turn out for the better, they could possibly get a lot worse as Wiccan gets a call from Roberto da Costa who wants to borrow them for a mission, even though he essentially dumped them off in the desert after their opinion differed with his. Al Ewing continues to pack the book full of action and humour of course, but he also stirs up a bit of a mystery as well. When the book begins, Maria Hill is a wee bit angry at pretty much everything and that includes A.I.M. now headed up by Bobby and his rogue team. She authorizes Agent Garrett to do what he can to get some results in taking them down, but what he does do is unexpected and could mean bad things for any number of people including the New New-Ex-New Avengers. Additionally, and for what seems like no reason whatsoever except for an update on what he is doing, Ewing checks in on The Maker who is keeping tabs on A.I.M. and all of its individual members. What is also quite funny is that his team of New Revengers is just standing in the wings, doing essentially nothing and waiting for orders. It is not often that Ewing throws in a throwaway scene, yet he does just that and despite it not meaning very much, it is quite humourous and adds to the book instead of taking away. While it might have seemed like Civil War II would impact the story, it surprisingly did not and Ewing melded it in seamlessly while furthering his own tale. What will be interesting to see is just when all of these forces that are stacked against the team are going to make their move. With Garret, The Maker, Maria Hill and whatever else it is that Ewing has up his sleeve, the team is going to have to be on their toes and knowing Roberto, he more than likely is prepared for every eventuality.

4 out of 5

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  1. I thought Detective Comics #934 was great, really excited by the new creative team on this book, and how Batman and Batwoman form a team to battle the new threat to Gotham. Such a great cast of characters, especially pleased that Clayface is in this as well, he’s my fave Batman villain, so really intrigued with how he will work in the team. Stunning artwork in this issue as well. I’m not a regular reader of The New Avengers, so haven’t read this issue, but it certainly sounds interesting. Awesome reviews 🙂

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