Mind Capsules – Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #4 and Spider-Man 2099 #4

HackSlash Son of Samhain #4
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #4

Writer – Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley
Artist – Emilio Laiso
Colours – K. Michael Russell

Morinto is raising his new subjects, the followers of Attan-Soolu, into an army to take back the world that used to be theirs.  There is only one thing left standing in their way – Cassie Hack and her friends.  Seeley and Moreci deliver another pulse-pounding action-filled epic with the latest issue of Son of Samhain.  Morinto continues to be a fantastic villain who keeps outdoing himself with each and every issue as he gets more and more vile.  The best scene of the book has to go to the gigantic battle between Cassie and Morinto’s forces as Cassie looks completely at home as she takes out demon after demon and so do Del and Ocky.  Emilio Laiso does a bang-up job on the art as his style is very fresh and exciting and really compliments the story that our writing team is trying to tell.  One of the better things about the title is that they do not limit themselves to one type of monster such as vampires, werewolves or what have you.  There are all kinds, shapes and sizes from the cloned brothers of Ocky to a giant dragon-like creature; our creative team knows that variety is the spice of life.  Even amongst all the action and horror in the book, there is still time for a small dramatic moment of happiness as Cassie thinks about Vlad, even though it is not to last.  When reading this title, there is still a thought that comes to mind that somehow the writers will bring Vlad back, though it is highly doubtful. This has definitely been one hell of a fun book so far and hopefully it just keeps on truckin’.

4.5 out of 5

Spider-Man 2099 #4
Spider-Man 2099 #4

Writer – Peter David
Artist – Will Sliney
Colours – Antonio Fabella

Spidey is right in the thick of it as soon as the book starts, battling the newly revamped Scorpion and a bunch of Spider-Slayers.  Things are a bit hectic, but eventually Miguel manages to extricate himself, as does Tiberius and when all is said and done, things turn out for the best.  Peter David wraps up the conclusion to his little two-part tale with a nice little bow and some character development for Tiberius.  This might not be the event that turns him onto a righteous path, but it is a start.  There is a lot of action which keeps the pace up and the book breezes by because of it which is a nice thing to have once in awhile.  The only slight problem with the book, which is not a really a bad thing, is how cookie-cutter this two-part story has been.  It literally could have been any Spider-Man story that we were reading, which again, is not terrible, but we can get that in the regular Spidey title.  Here, it was hoped that we would get something a little different from the norm, much like the first two issues provided.  Next issue crosses over with the Edge of Spider-Verse event and it should be fairly interesting, especially if Morlun shows up to confront our hero.

3.5 out of 5

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