Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #12 and Batman Eternal #40

Amazing Spider-Man #12
Amazing Spider-Man #12

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Guiseppe Camuncoli
Inker – Cam Smith
Colours – Justin Ponsor

Things are still going bad for our heroes as they face Solus, the father of all Inheritors and who now bursts with the energy from Cosmic Spider-Man.  The problem is that no matter where they jump or what they do or even what they say, it is all known to the Inheritors for they have mastered the means to which they can conquer the totems throughout the years.  Dan Slott continues to weave his web and to say that it gets more exciting with every passing issue is putting it lightly.  Seeing the various Spider-People going from battle to battle, is fun in itself, but it is seeing them fail is more so only for the fact that it means they try harder and get more creative.  Bringing in a Japanese Spider-Man with a giant Voltron-Zord-like robot named Leopardon was brilliant, as were some of the newer creations like Cowboy Spider-Man and the little black and white Spidey who looks like he was from a newspaper, shows the depth of creativity being put into this book.  Guiseppe Camuncoli comes on board with this issue, lending his artistic prowess to the tale and makes the book look fantastic.  There is a cliff-hanger which has caused a bit of a stir, though for what reason is strange to say the least.  When dealing with alternate Earths and universes and whatnot, people have to remember that there are probably copies of everyone in every single plane of existence.  Whether it is Spidey or Black Cat or whoever, it is not just limited to the heroes.  So why this last page is making a few people a little antsy is really, unwarranted.  Is it cool?  Sure.  Does it open up a couple of possible storylines?  Yes indeed.  Will it last?  Who knows but probably not.  It was unexpected though, so it will make things interesting come the next chapter of this story.  All in all, still one of the best crossovers coming from Marvel in the past couple of years.

4.5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #40
Batman Eternal #40

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artist – Davide Furno, Paolo Armitano
Colours – John Kalisz

Gotham continues to plunge further into darkness as the escaped villains, now armed with all of Batman’s tech have decided to head out on a rampage, but only after killing Catwoman.  Jim Corrigan has finally crawled out of the wreckage, so to speak, of Arkham Asylum, Vicki Vale is dealing with the aftereffects of the shooting at the Gotham Gazette and Batman is still trying to haul Riddler’s sorry carcass back to jail.  There are a couple of interesting developments happening with this issue, the first dealing with the rogues.  Coming into all of that tech and doing nothing with it except what they always do could be quite bad for the city, though they have now made an enemy of Selina, what with trying to kill her when they could have teamed up instead.  Selina thinks she is on to something though and is now on the hunt for Spoiler, who has not been seen in this book for some time.  The most exciting part of the book featured no action and no villains, and instead was the realization by Vicki Vale that everything in Gotham is happening for a reason and that all of it is connected.  Sure, it had to take the shooting of her boss to really convince her, but now she sees it wherever she looks and the more she thinks about it, the more she believes it.  Going forward, it looks like Vicki might become a power-player in the book, at least she should be, for if the Dark Knight cannot figure out what is going on, she may very well do so.  Other than watching Batman tussle with Riddler a little more and Corrigan poking his head out again, Batman Eternal was quite good this week.

4 out of 5

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