Mind Capsules – Edge of Spider-Verse #2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion

Edge of Spider-Verse #2
Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Writer – Jason Latour
Artist – Robbi Rodriguez
Colours – Rico Renzi

Gwen Stacy has not had it easy as Spider-Woman, especially after the man she loved, Peter Parker, died.  The whole world blames her for his death and Peter has become somewhat of a focal point, being used by the police, J. Jonah Jameson and the public to bring her to justice.  To make matters worse, her dad is in charge of the manhunt, being the lead police officer and her personal life is quite hectic trying to spend time with her friends and with The Mary Janes, the band of which she is a member.  Things eventually come to a head as she must defeat the villain of the week and face down her father while living to tell the tale.  Jason Latour gives the reader quite the fun story with Gwen taking the place of Peter in this timeline, with all the same toils and troubles, albeit tweaked for her particular situation.  In this universe, her Uncle Ben never died, it was Peter and it moved her to be a better Spider-Woman.  What is really great to see though, is that Gwen has the humour and carefree attitude that 616 Spider-Man has to balance out her personal life which is usually full of stress and the usual complications of trying to juggle a normal civilian identity and that of a superhero.  There is no appearance from Morlun though, which is all right as they are sure to meet up in the main series once it eventually starts up.  Robbi Rodriguez provides some great art for the book and Spider-Woman’s costume is fantastically designed with a hoodie, not to mention the colour scheme which is predominantly white.  Another solid issue on the road to Spider-Verse.

4 out of 5

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Contagion
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion

Writer – Caleb Monroe
Artist – Tom Derenick
Colours – Michael Garland

There is a disease breaking out among the human population.  It is fatal almost all of the time.  Many see it as the end of the world.  For Ellie, she is naturally immune to the sickness, but the same cannot be said for her daughter who soon passes away.  Life is intolerable after that, so Ellie heads back to work which just so happens to be the CDC.  There, they work upon finding a cure for the disease which is getting worse and worse every day and making the people who camp outside their doors more and more desperate.  Things eventually reach a breaking point with the facility being overrun and when all is said and done, Ellie and Betty, the chimp, are the only two left standing.  This was a nice little tale set just before the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when the disease first appeared.  None of the key players from the film are in it or even mentioned in any way.  In fact, except for Betty, the lab chimp, there are no apes in this book whatsoever.  That being the only downside, the book does expand that particular time a little more and it was interesting to see.  It would be nice if Boom!, who have wrapped up all of their Apes titles now, could start one back up again as they were all particularly fantastic.  Amongst the them all, this book was good but not the best.

3.5 out of 5

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