Mind Capsules – Spider-Man 2099 #6 and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #7

Spider-Man 2099 #6
Spider-Man 2099 #6

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

Miguel, Six-Armed Spidey and Lady Spider head back to his home turf of 2099 in the hopes of putting a stop to Daemos, one of the Inheritors, or at least slowing him down.  There is a revelation about Lady Spider, Six-Armed Spidey does not last very long and Miguel digs in his heals for a fight, and possibly holds a surprise for Daemos if he is lucky.  Tying into the Spider-Verse crossover, the latest issue of Peter David’s Spider-Man 2099 finds our hero back on his old stomping grounds and while it is nice to see some familiar faces, the book centers on the action as it should which shows the three members of Team Spider doing their best against a threat that will literally devour them if they fail.  It is a quickly paced issue and is done before you know it, but is a good thing considering how slowly paced the last story-arc of the title was.  Will Sliney’s art is as good as ever and if this issue proved one thing, much like all the other tie-ins, the supporting spider-characters are a whole lot of fun, if not more so than the ones we all know and love.  Lady Spider deserves a miniseries when this is all said and done, or at least an ongoing anthology starring all of these new creations.  Great stuff from Peter David and company that makes you want to tune in next issue to find out what happened to Daemos.

3.5 out of 5


Clive Barker's Nightbreed #7
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #7

Writer – Marc Andreyko
Artist – Piotr Kowalski, Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Colours – Juan Manuel Tumburus

Boone and Lylesberg are still exploring the lives of the people of Midian when it finally comes time to explore Boone’s very own past.  Thus Lylesburg uses his power to go inside of Boone’s mind to find out just how it is he made his way to Midian, what makes him one of the Nightbreed.  Andreyko continues to delve into the history of Midian’s various denizens which has been quite fascinating up until this point though as of yet, the story fails to have a solid direction.  At this moment, it is the title’s only weakness to really be found in the book which is a bit of a shame.  Where is the killer that was introduced in the first few issues, the man that was killing those that were different, those that were Nightbreed?  The art from Piotr Kowalski and Emmanuel Xerx Javier is as good as ever and really gives the book its distinctive feel and every issue has been enjoyable as of yet.  It is interesting to learn about those that live in Midian, the characters we love from the book and the movie and it is fairly captivating.  But without the book going somewhere, it all feels a little pointless.  If every issue is going to be a character study or a biography, they could have just as easily have been a series of one-shots instead of an ongoing title.  An ongoing title suggests a running storyline and here, there is little running on except the conversations between Boone and those who live in Midian.  Again, it has been good so far, but it needs to find some footing.

3.5 out of 5

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