Mind Capsules – The Ultimates #10 and Batman #5

The Ultimates #10
The Ultimates #10

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

Civil War II, for the most part, has been about whether it is right to stop a crime before it happens, usually without any evidence except for the word of a precognitive Inhuman named Ulysses. So far, Carol and those who fall on her side have used that information and done so successfully, though they have suffered a couple of losses along the way. The Ultimates, a gathering of heroes with no set leader have decided to follow her lead on this one as everything, as previously stated, has worked out. Now they are detaining a young woman who for all intents and purposes is completely innocent and when they fail to turn anything up in support of Ulysses’ vision, what was already fraying starts to tear apart. There is no funny in this latest tale by Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort and guest penciller Djibail Morissette. Everything is business as our heroes ponder the morality of what they are doing with Adam Brashear being the most vocal opponent and America Chavez being the most physical. Monica is with Carol and T’Challa is still deciding what side he falls on, still figuring out all the variables of just what is the better play. While our heroes argue, deep in the Triskelion, Thanos plays a deadly game, one that he began when he first came to Earth with his goal being Connor Sims – the Anti-Man. What Thanos has in mind is a mystery of course, but when he convinces Sims to break out, you know that it cannot be any good whatsoever. There have been very few good tie-ins to Civil War II and thankfully, Ewing has managed to craft a fine one. It works with the overall story he is trying to tell about the team and their mission to solve problems and when they do eventually come out the other side of it, they should be a stronger one – assuming they survive that is. Usually, Brashear is the most interesting character on the team as he makes for a very striking and intriguing man, but this issue belongs to America and when she goes off on Carol, you know something has been churning in her mind and hopefully this leads to more of a focus on her, at least for an issue or two. With the infighting on the team beginning, Connor Sims on the loose, Thanos breaking free, the mysterious organization still monitoring them and a Civil War waging around them, The Ultimates have a lot of problems on their plate that need solving.

4.5 out of 5

Batman #5
Batman #5

Writer – Tom King
Artist – David Finch
Inker – David Finch, Sandra Hope, Matt Banning, Scott Hanna
Colours – Jordie Bellaire
Letters – John Workman

The Psycho Pirate has infected Gotham with an anger that will not go away and as such, the city is going to pay for it. Batman aims to stop him no matter the cost, but Gotham is just too powerful and despite dropping a plane on him, Gotham still gets up. So it is that Tom King brings the Justice League in for a cameo and with David Finch on pencils, they look truly incredible. So you would naturally think at this point that the show is over, Gotham is just going to stay down and yet, it is the complete opposite. It is here that we finally learn the source behind Gotham and Gotham Girl’s powers. Not exactly where they came from, but how they work and why they can take down the Justice League as if they were paper dolls if they needed too. Batman of course, is the last man standing as he so often is and with nothing left to do except try and convince Gotham that what he is doing is not going to accomplish anything except the deaths of innocent people; he does so trying to shift the blame to himself. Out of all of King’s issues on this title so far, this one was by far the best one. There was a lot of action, quite a bit of excitement and some good drama to balance it all out. While you could guess what was going to happen come the end of the book, the narration that accompanied it was not what you expected. By the sounds of it, King is already setting up the next arc and it does not look to be like a very good one for our hero. The great thing about all of this is that Gotham Girl is going to stick around, at least for a little while as the Psycho Pirate infected her with fear instead of anger and thus there being no reason for her to be put in harm’s way. Once again, the main casualty out of everything that happened was the city of Gotham, taking extensive damage thanks to the fight between Batman and his protégé. But what of Hugo Strange, the Pirate, the bombings and the Monster Men? All good things it seems.

3.5 out of 5

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  1. Ultmates is not a comic I’ve ever read, good review tho, not sure this is a title I would normally read tbh. Maybe I’ll check out an issue. Civil War II has been Ok, but I feel its taking a long time to get anywhere, it seems very drawn out. Anyway. Batman #5 was an improvement. I’ve kinda wavered a bit with this storyline, but I did find the conclusion quite good, and it set up a lot of potential for future issues. Great pair of reviews 🙂

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      • They probably need to issue more compilation graphic novels with a collection of essential issues, though I imagine it’d be a substantial number of people who would buy them.

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