Mind Capsules – The October Faction: The Deadly Season #1 and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #11

The October Faction: The Deadly Season #1

Writer – Steve Niles
Artist – Damien Wurm
Colours – Alyzia Zherno
Letters – Shawn Lee

As it stands, the Allan family have now become a family of monster hunters. No longer are Fred and Deloris retired, instead taking Geoff and Vivian (and Dante a.k.a. Robotface) under their wings so to speak and to teach them the family business. The one thing that Steve Niles and Damien Wurm have always focused on in this book is family and it sets the book apart from almost every other horror comic by doing so. At the moment, they seem like an average family where everyone gets along, but it took a long time to get here and for those who read the last series, they will know exactly what that entails. There is no mention of how much time has passed between this series and the last, but you have to think that some has as the kids are now allowed to go out and hunt or investigate on their own. You can bet that Fred is not too fond of them doing so as it can only lead to trouble, especially as it is proven in this very issue as Dante and Vivian are attacked in a graveyard. Things are a little different with Geoff as he has been giving blood for his vampire friend and the creatures that the Allan’s have been hunting are still looking to put a hurt on them. What is nice to see is that the first issue starts off with a bit of a bang as it features the lot of them in action against a demon. That makes this first issue quite a bit different from the previous series as there was not a lot of action to be found in the entirety of it. That is not to say that every book needs to feature the good guys up against the bad guys, but it does prevent things from getting stale and it was good to see the status quo shaken up a bit. Wurm’s artwork is phenomenal, as spooky and as sharp as it has ever been. This book would not be half as good without Wurm present and he compliments the story that Niles is telling exceptionally well. The colours by Alyzia Zherno are extremely vibrant and they balance out the darkness in the book and add a bit of light to the events played out within. Overall, the book has started out on a very strong note and it will be very interesting to see where Niles and Wurm take it from here.

3.5 out of 5

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #11

Writer – Kate Leth
Artist – Brittney L. Williams
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

Not surprisingly, Black Cat is up to no good and the target of her latest machinations is none other than Patsy Walker. At the moment, there is no rhyme or reason, but Felicia is sure to make it known sooner rather than later. Currently, Patsy is training her friend Bailey so that she might protect herself in case her magic bag ever fails her. A good idea and yet, when Patsy brings up the subject of Ian training, he storms off as if she had asked the impossible. While this is still Patsy’s story, Kate Leth puts the focus on the supporting characters for once, namely Bailey and Ian as well as some new characters that have just joined up with Black Cat to do her dirty work. It is nice to see Leth do as such as Patsy’s supporting cast have become just as important in the book as its star. The Black Cats, a name that is quite apt, are all about having fun and fun includes breaking into places, vandalism and petty theft – all of which are things that Black Cat also loves which is why she wanted to recruit them in the first place. But she does have a specific task in mind and that is causing trouble for our heroine – which she does. Of particular note is seeing Ian using his powers in this issue, which he is becoming quite adept at. Pretty soon, he will be able to join Patsy out in the field without her having to worry about him all the time and it should make for an even more interesting dynamic. Brittney L. Williams continues to provide the artwork for the series and while it seems quite hilarious at times and makes the book seem like it might be for a younger crowd, it is in fact for all ages and is half of what makes it all so magical. This particular issue also features a good cliff-hanger featuring Felicia being quite dastardly and you have to know that Patsy is going to be doing something about it, should she learn of it that is. Once again, another great issue of a book that more people should be reading each and every month.

4.5 out of 5

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