Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker – Cam Smith
Colours – Justin Ponsor
Everything has reached a boiling point in the book as Peter and friends confront the Ben Parker on the radiated Earth, Silk and Spider-Gwen head off to Loomworld to rescue Jessica Drew, Kaine is out for revenge and heads to Loomworld himself and Otto, the Superior Spider-Man realizes a few things before everyone heads off to the final battle. This issue had everything including the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure as everyone is trying to figure out what to do next and knowing that whatever it is, it is going to take place on Loomworld whether they like it or not. There were some good moments with Ben, with Silk and all of the other Spiders, but the one who shined the most was Otto Octavius and not for doing anything exceptional, simply by being himself. Hearing him talk and assess the situations, finding out what he had not realized before and then essentially putting it aside in favour of the greater good, at least for the moment, makes you really miss reading his adventures on a continuing basis. Sure, it is nice to have Peter back and all, but Otto had his own certain kind of charm, even if he was an evil villain for most of his career. The book refuses to slouch on the excitement with the story rocketing forward to its conclusion and even though there was a lot of discussion between the various Spiders, there is also a fair amount of action to keep everyone interested, though in reality, Slott could have them all playing checkers and it would still be a lot of fun. While Olivier Coipel is missed, Giuseppe Camuncoli provides some stunning artwork and the book looks fantastic in every way. If there is not a permanent anthology title featuring all of these various Spider-Men when this story wraps up it will be a crying shame.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley
Artist – Jed Dougherty, Goran Sudzuka, Roger Robinson
Colours – Lee Loughridge
In Black & Blue, the continuation of the story from last issue, Harper Row has donned a suit of her own to go in and save the day as Red Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood have all been corrupted by the Mad Hatter and are no longer in control of their actions, much like many of Gotham’s teenagers. So with Harper being as inexperienced as she is in the ways of crime-fighting and the Mad Hatter being as lame a villain as there ever was – it seems like it will be a fair fight. This issue was pretty much on par with the last one, being somewhat interesting though a little more fun as it was nice to finally see Harper have the spotlight. The only downfall with these last two issues was the storyline itself, being introduced so long ago and not really going anywhere to only be wrapped up now in a fairly average story. While the title as a whole has been quite excellent the last few months, this was an unusual blip that will hopefully be only that. Harper Row is interesting, the Mad Hatter is not and overall the issue was really only saved by the sequence featuring Spoiler that left the book on a small cliff-hanger. Decent, but it will be nice to get back on track or at least a better one.
3 out of 5