Mind Capsules – All-Star Batman #1 and All-New, All-Different Avengers #13

All-Star Batman #1
All-Star Batman #1

Writer – Scott Snyder
Artist – John Romita Jr., Declan Shalvey
Inker – Danny Miki, Declan Shalvey
Colours – Dean White, Jordie Bellaire
Letters – Steve Wands

Scott Snyder’s follow-up to his acclaimed Batman run finally hits with the first issue of All-Star Batman, a story so big that it needed its own title. Starting off in the present, Batman faces off against Killer Moth and Firefly who are looking for a particular person – one whom Bats refuses to give up. Snyder then takes the reader on a trip to the recent past one chunk at a time to give us some perspective and the backstory on how Batman arrived at that point in the present. The references continue and you get an idea of who it is in one scene, until finally he makes the full villain reveal and while it is not the biggest of surprises, that full page splash by John Romita Jr. is perfection. Fans are quite divided about Romita Jr.’s artwork and have been so ever since his work evolved from the early 1980s. The fact of the matter is, he looks to be rejuvenated on this book, his lines sharp and crisp – even looking Kirbyesque at times in certain panels. When you add in the colours by Dean White, the book really looks quite fantastic and for those doubting that it would be any good, really need to pick it up and give it a shot. The story by Snyder is as captivating as always and is packed full of action and mystery to keep the reader hooked. The villain of the story is made out to be bigger and badder than he has ever been and while it seems a little strange, it is not as far-fetched as one might seem. Surprisingly, the book also features a second story that is illustrated by Declan Shalvey and it sees Batman and Duke investigating some bodies with multiple cuts all over them. Using the same plot device as the first, Snyder then takes us back in time where we see Batman trying to describe Duke’s next bit of training and how everyone who has ever worked for him has gone through it themselves. The second story is good, though not quite as compelling as the first. Knowing Snyder, he probably has something in store though and there is no way you would not read it as there is most likely a payoff down the road. With everything previously mentioned, a great Fugitive-type story and a little bit of betrayal, All-Star Batman is off to a rollicking start – a perfect example of how first issues should be.

4.5 out of 5

All-New, All-Different Avengers #13
All-New, All-Different Avengers #13

Writer – Mark Waid
Artist – Adam Kubert
Colours – Sonia Oback
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

There have been many great stories featuring the Vision of late, most of them by Tom King, but Mark Waid has been doing a bang-up job as well and this latest issue of the All-New, All-Different Avengers features another such one. This tale finds the Vision mulling over a conundrum, about himself and about Kang – a man who has had too much influence over his life and is a problem that has gone unsolved for far too long. So it is that Vision decides to take things into his own hands like he has done with most things of late and time paradoxes be damned. Waid also ties this issue into Civil War II, more than likely mandated by the company and thus there is a cameo appearance by Ulysses whom the Vision has a little chat with. Of course, there is nothing that Ulysses can tell him of his problem and so the Vision knows that he only has himself to rely upon for if the Avengers knew of his intentions, they would stop him. Though it seems a little strange for Vision to be the focus of so many stories of late over the last couple of years after being out of the spotlight for so long, it is fantastic to see as he is such an incredibly complicated character and Waid paints that within the first few pages. Readers have seen this from Vision before, him taking things into his own hands without informing anyone else of just what he is up to. While he has had some successes, he has also had failures and by the end of the story, you have no idea of just which way things ended up for the repercussions have yet to fall. Adam Kubert is back on art for this issue, Mahmud Asrar taking a breather to catch up one would guess and it looks as spectacular as always. While this might not have been a great jumping-on point for new readers, it was a great done-in-one story

4 out of 5

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  1. All Star Batman #1 was awesome, enjoyed it so much. This already shaping up to be one of the best Two Face stories ever. Great to have Synder back on a Batman title again, great art by John Romita Jr as well. Good backup story too with Duke Thomas. All New All Different Avengers sounds good, not read these, but seems like an interesting series. Great reviews. Happy new comic book day 🙂

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