Mind Capsules – Spider-Man 2099 #8 and Earth 2 World’s End #17

Spider-Man 2099 #8
Spider-Man 2099 #8

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

Spidey and Lady Spider arrive back at the sanctuary and find the remnants of the big battle that was fought there, as well as the remains of Leopardon, the giant robot.  What better weapon to use than a giant robot?  But as it is broken, they need a laboratory to repair it and there just happens to be one on Lady Spider’s home world.  Also on that particular Earth are the Six Men of Sinestry.  Providing another fun chapter in the ongoing Spider-Verse saga are Peter David and Will Sliney who take our hero away from the action in the hopes of getting him back into it.  Part of that plan is the reassembling of the damaged robot, but if it has already been destroyed once, what good will it really do the second time around?  Teaming Miguel up with Lady Spider has been a good idea in the long run as they have some good chemistry between them and though it would be nice to see her remain with Miguel, the chances are pretty good that she will return to her own planet.  At the moment, the worst thing about this book is the fact that it is part of the Spider-Verse crossover.  Though the stories are good and have been fun overall, the title had barely begun before it was thrown into this big event.  As such, the supporting cast and Miguel’s life in general have not really been explored as well as they could have been and the book seems to have lost any momentum that it had built up.  Another plus to this tale is the fact that we have not seen the last of Leopardon and any book with giant robots is a good book.  With Peter David’s trademark humour and a fair amount of action and this story really makes you want to read the next chapter of the event sooner rather than later.

3 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #17
Earth 2 World’s End #17

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Eduardo Pansica, Paul Neary, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Jorge Jiminez, R.B. Silva, Walden Wong
Colours – Blond

At least one of our heroes whom we were thought to have lost is saved yet the Deathspawn of Apokolips is born which is not the kind of news that is good for anyone.  Also not good is Barda taking the fight to the humans with Desaad’s new super-parademons and saving the people of Earth might be a little harder than everyone thought.  There is a little less action this issue as everyone is trying to get their bearings, but when there is, it is desperate as hero and regular person alike feel as if they have nothing left to lose.  In fact, the entire book feels desperate as the clock is winding down and there is literally nothing else our heroes can do to save the planet.  All that is left is to save the populace, that which remains, and to get off-world, go anywhere so that they might survive.  Desaad is a great villain, maniacally evil and Darkseid even better, but as the book leaves us on a cliff-hanger, just how will this new villain that is introduced stack up against the other two?  And did the book really need more obstacles for our heroes to overcome, or does Darkseid merely wish to make a point by grinding everything and everyone into dust?  The most interesting person in this issue and every other book of the series so far has been Batman.  Whether he does a lot or just a little, watching him deal with his addiction to Miraclo and then with Venom, has been intriguing and it will be fun to see what happens next as the series races towards its conclusion.  Though there were no fatalities this issue, you can almost be sure that there will be some forthcoming.

3 out of 5

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