Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 and The Shadow #1

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #3
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Adam Kubert
Inker – John Dell, Andrew Hennessey, Mark Morales
Colours – Justin Ponsor

With this issue, Dan Slott shows us what a Peter Parker looks like when he is done playing around. Thanks to Regent, all of the heroes have been defeated except a few that have gone into hiding with Peter and his family being among them. Peter being Peter though, cannot let things lie and has come out of hiding to better protect his family as well as those others that could also use it. Slott, along with Adam Kubert have been giving us a version of Peter Parker that many have been longing to see again after quite a long time, namely the man who is still married to Mary Jane. Of course this takes place just a wee bit into the future as the two of them have a child and it is for her sake that Peter is now doing all that he can to make them as safe as possible. It is a hard task though as Regent is determined to gain his powers and with the Sinister Six on his tail, Peter has his hands more than full. It is an interesting dynamic, seeing Peter as the loving father, something we have only seen in alternate futures and histories, much like this very tale. It is a bit of a shame that this particular future is not going to stick around, but as proven in comics, not everything is made to last. Kubert’s pencils are as slick and as exciting as ever and it is good to see the man on a monthly book, even if it is just for a big event. Hopefully when Secret Wars is all over, Marvel deigns to give him a regular gig because not having him on a book is very nearly a crime. The one thing that this title has going for it at the moment that most do not is that while it is a Secret Wars tie-in, there is really very little to tie it into the big event. For now, Renew Your Vows is its own entity and it works perfectly being that way. A great job done by all and with an action-packed cliff-hanger, you are going to want to come back for more.

3.5 out of 5

The Shadow #1
The Shadow #1

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Giovanni Timpano
Colours – Marco Lesko

The Society of United Magicians, a cabal formed for the gathering of knowledge of the arcane, is on the hunt for the secret of the Last Illusion. The Shadow is on the hunt for the Society for daring to harm Bess, the wife of his friend Harry Houdini, and the carrier of the previously mentioned secret. They will stop at nothing though to gain it and The Shadow will not stop until he has them. It is a dangerous game of cat and mouse, but in the end, just who will end up being the cat and who the mouse is the question that begs to be answered. Cullen Bunn steps up to chronicle the adventures of The Shadow in this latest ongoing series and he starts the book off with a bang. It is a tale packed with action and intrigue and mystery galore and it could not be any better. The invention of the Society is fantastic and it adds to The Shadow’s rogues gallery which has been sorely lacking throughout the last series to have been published. The Society is obviously a formidable group and they should prove to be quite the nuisance for The Shadow unless he is able to bring them down, one and all. Giovanni Timpano’s pencils are excellent and a perfect fit for this book of magic and malice. Together, he and Bunn have created a very solid first issue that hooks you in and makes you want to see just where it is that it is heading to next. As far as downsides go, there is none to really be found except having to wait until the next issue which cannot come fast enough. This is definitely a book for those who love crime, magicians or good storytelling.

4.5 out of 5

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