Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #18 and Hulk #16

Amazing Spider-Man #18
Amazing Spider-Man #18

Writer – Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Artist – Humberto Ramos
Inker – Victor Olazaba
Colours – Edgar Delgado

Spidey definitely has his hands full this issue as he is trying not only to save his employees from harm, but also trying to maintain his secret identity and additionally trying to save his company from the Ghost. The book then leads straight into the third and final part of Black Cat’s story as she looks to reclaim her life by burning down the old one and starting over. Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Humberto Ramos have been doing a great job on the title ever since the end of Spider-Verse and while that might have been a trial in itself, Peter having to return to his normal life and trying to balance everything against themselves all over again as well as being responsible for an entire staff of people has not been the easiest thing that he has ever done. Like always, it is fun to see Peter fumbling things up and if it was not for Anna Maria, he would most likely have failed at more than one of these things. It is nice to see that Slott and Gage have been using Peter’s supporting cast to their fullest as it always makes for a much more enjoyable read when they do so. As far as villains go, The Ghost is a great one and is not used as often as one would like and it is good to see him here giving our hero the hardest of times. Spidey always excels under pressure and in this instance he continues to do just that and prove why he is so good at what he does, though he does get a helping hand this go round. Black Cat is becoming even more maniacal than ever and it is hard to figure out just where she is going after this issue, but suffice it to say that Spidey is going to regret anything he may have said or done to her in the past that may have angered her in the slightest. With everything up in the air come the end of this book, and with Secret Wars upon us, the future of Spider-Man is going to get interesting.

4 out of 5

Hulk #16
Hulk #16

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Drew Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

The last issue of Hulk turns out to be a fairly uneventful one which is a little bit of a shame, but it is a decent read once you make your way through it. The bulk of the book is essentially Doc Green having a chat with She-Hulk, about what he has done and about what is happening to him as he is slowly losing his intelligence. The A.I. that Doc created is still on the loose and that little plot thread is the only thing that is left hanging by the end of the issue. The most interesting part of everything is that after all is said and done Betty and Bruce, former husband and wife, long-time lovers and enemies seem to reconcile at the end and it is a good thing, for at least however long it lasts. Finally, there is a backup tale involving Lyra whom we find has not ended up in a hell dimension and is actually having a grand old time ruling it. While Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley’s run has been good on the whole, this last issue was not what was expected and though it was not bad, it was not great either. Something stronger would have been good to see as a final issue but as it is, whatever comes out the end of Secret Wars will hopefully be with a top-notch creative team.

3 out of 5

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