Mind Capsules – Detective Comics #937 and All-New, All-Different Avengers #12

Detective Comics #937
Detective Comics #937

Writer – James Tynion IV
Artist – Alvaro Martinez
Inker – Raul Fernandez
Colours – Brad Anderson
Letters – Marilyn Patrizio

This is the issue where James Tynion IV finally reveals just what the Colony is, why they exist and what their mission statement is. All of it of course is centered around Batman and his war on crime, something that was completely unexpected. They have not only taken their cues from the man, but from everything that he does and everything that he is. His movements, his tech, even his look – all of it has been lifted not as an homage, though in a way it is, but as a tool to use in the so-called best interests of the United States. Though he should feel flattered in a way, Batman is both curious and furious, not only that he was careless enough to be taken prisoner, but that everything about him has been appropriated and is being used in his name – whether he likes it or not. There are two stories in this book though and Tynion IV not only chronicles the exploits of Batman, but of the team he was just beginning to put together which included Clayface, Red Robin, Spoiler and Orphan under Batwoman’s tutelage. Once again, we get to see some new digs for the team and eventually, the two stories end up merging by the end as Batwoman confronts her father who was revealed last issue to be behind the Colony and all that they are. What is most interesting about this entire scenario is that while Jake and his troops seem to have good intentions, it almost looks as if all the power he now holds is not only getting away from him, but simultaneously going straight to his head. Unlike the villains Batman usually faces, the Colony could be the one that finally beats him. Also referenced in this story is the League of Shadows, something Batman calls nonsense, but something that the Colonel has discovered to be real – according to him that is. If this turns out to be true, it will not only lead into bigger trials and tribulations down the line, but add yet another large group of mysterious villains to Batman’s rogues gallery, already full with the League of Assassins, the Court of Owls and now the Colony. Providing the book with some very solid artwork is Alvaro Martinez who directs this story to completion and does so with aid from Raul Fernandez and Brad Anderson and they end up giving it a real epic look which is needed for a story as big as this. Top to bottom, Detective has come back with a bang and is the best Batman book currently on the stands.

4 out of 5

All-New, All-Different Avengers #12
All-New, All-Different Avengers #12

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

Twelve issues in and Mark Waid along with Mahmud Asrar and Dave McCaig have arguably delivered the best book of the run so far. It has by far the most action seen up until this point, it is dramatic at the same time and even features a few moments to make you smile in the midst of it all. Overall the run has been all right, with some issues being better than others, but compared to the other Avengers books being published currently, this is the least of the bunch. That being said, the story finds our heroes finally out of the Negative Zone with the exception of Spider-Man who was left behind. What follows is some of the best teamwork as evidenced by this new group of Avengers and it is quite thrilling to say the least. The way they work it all out is as if they were seasoned pros instead of the rookies they essentially are. Seeing them swap in and out of the Negative Zone with each other to not only save Spider-Man, but to stop Annihilus from invading our universe is quite novel and is something that has never been seen in an Avengers book previously, making this story both unique and memorable. Despite all that goes on, the mission to find Nova’s father has come to a grinding halt with the man nowhere to be found, or at least nowhere that they have looked. Sam is pretty disappointed of course, but he knows that his dad is somewhere out there in the universe, he simply has no idea where. Asrar provides some really stunning pencils for the story and the man has really come into his own on the book. If there is one thing you can say about this particular run, it is that it has given Asrar a bigger stage in which to shine and make a name for himself. There is a bit of story involving the Wasps – both Jan and Nadia that finds the Russians knocking on their proverbial door and it should cause a little consternation next issue for our heroes. All in all, a great story that will hopefully lead to bigger and better ones as the title moves forward.

4 out of 5

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  1. I’m not a regular reader of all new all different Avengers, sounds like a good issue tho, and I like that Spider-Man cover! Detective Comics #937 was great. This is quickly becoming my favourite bat book, I like the team, and how they went to help Batman. Stunning art in this issue as well. Awesome reviews. Happy New Comic book day 🙂

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