Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Olivier Coipel
Inker – Wade Von Grawbadger, Olivier Coipel, Victor Olazaba, John Livesay, Mark Morales
Colours – Justin Ponsor
Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for has happened – Spider-Man versus the Superior Spider-Man, Peter versus Otto. Out of everything that happened in this book, this was the moment that should have been the most thrilling part of the whole issue but when all was said and done, it was a little bit of a letdown. After so much buildup, it was expected to be somewhat epic and instead, it was fairly quick and then was over before you knew it. There was some great banter of course as both Spidey and Doc Ock are really good at it and that more than made up for the lack of battle between the two. Further on in the issue, Dan Slott shows us the true power of The Inheritors with the arrival of Solus, father of Morlun and his family, and it is then that the action really picks up. Even though Otto and Peter may not have really duked it out, as of this point, this has probably been the most exciting issue of the Spider-Verse crossover. We finally see the two Spider-teams get together, Peter becoming the leader he should be, a revelation about Solus and his kin and the mystery of the Scion being revealed which no one probably thought of, but one that makes complete sense. Coipel’s art has been fantastic on the series and it is a lot of fun seeing all of the different versions of Peter, trying to pick them out and thinking of names for the ones that you might not know. If things keep heading in this direction, this could very well be the best crossover event of the year.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Scot Eaton
Inker – Scott Hanna
Colours – Hi-Fi
In this issue, Terry McGinnis and Plastique spend a little quality time together, Mister Terrific is up to something with Brother Eye and The Authority returns back to Earth only to be confronted by S.H.A.D.E. After a fairly disappointing book last week, this one is marginally better though barely anything of note really happens. Dr. Yamakaze is still a terrible villain and he manages to get himself a terrible suit of armour and we also see some page filler with Grifter who used to be such a great character and is now delegated to being a seat-warmer for the heavy-hitters in this comic when they are away. Firestorm is still hanging about and trying to figure out how to separate which is becoming tiresome already and really, except for the ending of the book which had our team of space-faring heroes the whole issue was a yawn-fest. Now that the Authority are back on Earth, perhaps the writers will get things moving again with this title instead of just endlessly spinning the wheels on it with highlights being few and far between.
3 out of 5