Mind Capsules – Scarlet Spiders #1 and Superman #36

Scarlet Spiders #1
Scarlet Spiders #1

Writer – Mike Costa
Artist – Paco Diaz
Colours – Israel Silva

Scarlet Spiders, the latest spinoff from the Spider-Verse crossover is all about the clones.  It stars three clones of Peter Parker, Kaine, who is the Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly and Jessica Drew of The Ultimates.  They also just happen to be on the hunt for some clones, specifically to find out where the clones of Morlun and his family are being produced and to see if they can put a stop to it.  It is going be a lot harder than they thought it would be.  This was a great first issue from Mike Costa who takes our heroes and throws them on an alternate Earth where things seem awfully familiar in some cases, yet completely outlandish in others.  Everyone’s favourite Parker stand-ins do their best trying to find the cloned bodies of the Inheritors, but discover that there are more clones of more people than they ever imagined.  Once again, it is quite interesting to see how different things are on yet another Earth, one of those things being Tony Stark who kowtows to his overlords and Johnny Storm who seems to be working for them as well.  Costa imbues our heroes with some humour which is a good thing, being clones of Peter and all, and it lightens the tension of the book a bit as they do their investigation.  It is quite funny to see the three of them play off of each other, yet when push comes to shove they work like a well-oiled machine.  Paco Diaz provides the book with some fantastic pencils, channeling his inner Mark Bagley and at times, you actually believe it is Bagley pencilling this book their styles are so similar.  This was definitely another fun chapter in the latest Spider-Man saga.

4 out of 5

Superman #36
Superman #36

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – John Romita Jr.
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Laura Martin

Ulysses has offered the people of Earth a safe haven on the world he came from, a place that is free from crime and sickness, a place where everyone can live in peace with wont for nothing.  Superman does not believe it but the masses do, and they want on that ship.  Geoff Johns continues to make Superman, both the book and the hero, more interesting now than he has been in ages.  Ulysses, who started off as somewhat of a Superman clone has now become even more intriguing, transforming into a modern-day Noah who wants to save humanity from itself.  Of course, Johns always has something up his sleeve and that cannot be all there is to the story and as the book moves forward, we see a battle between Superman and Ulysses over the fate of the very Earth itself.  Lois and Jimmy continue to investigate no matter the danger they might face and Perry is still looking for that next headline while all of this is going on.  John Romita Jr. has really made this book his own, his pencils looking better than they have in a long time and it is nice to see as they really do compliment the story. This might be only the first arc of Geoff Johns’ run on the book, but you cannot help but think of what might come next as finding threats for our hero to face is not as easy as it seems.  So far though, the book has been quite exciting and one you actually look forward to.

4 out of 5

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