Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4 and Batman Beyond #4

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #4
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Adam Kubert, Scott Hanna
Colours – Justin Ponsor

Continuing right from the last issue, all seems lost until Mary Jane and Annie are rescued by Hawkeye and the resistance, a group made up of both heroes and former villains. While they get to safety, Spidey thinks he is doing all right and holding his own at least until Regent shows up and then he knows that all is lost. When it comes to Spider-Man and his amazing friends though, you can never say never to counting him, or them, out. Dan Slott keeps the action fast and furious with his partners in crime, Adam Kubert, Scott Hanna and Justin Ponsor and the book ratchets things up exponentially from the last few issues. Spider-Man is as good as dead now that Regent has him and this issue provides a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in Regent’s place of power, how he gains his abilities at the expense of others and what he has to do to retain them. It is during this scene that we learn of Regent’s plans, of what he ultimately hopes to do, which coincidentally mirrors what the Maestro has been planning over in the Future Imperfect title, namely to challenge God Emperor Doom. It seems that not everyone is a fan of Doom’s rule and will do whatever it takes to end it in favour of themselves. It also presents an interesting conundrum which is, if Doom is all-knowing now, why has he not stopped Regent before this? Though there are a lot of unanswered questions, there is some great characterization going on in the book, not only with Regent, but also with Annie as we get to see a little more of her personality and it calls forth shades of Franklin and Valeria pre-Secret Wars which is a good thing. While it is a little sad to think that this version of Spider-Man will not be around post-event, it is great to see it now and think of what could have been. The book leaves off on a cliff-hanger of course and it promises a ton of action to be had and it leaves the fates of everyone in the balance which is a good thing as it will definitely bring you back for more.

4 out of 5

Batman Beyond #4
Batman Beyond #4

Writer – Dan Jurgens
Artist – Bernard Chang
Colours – Marcelo Maiolo

Brother Eye has invaded Gotham and though he had no idea, it is all Tim’s fault and all the death and destruction that follows will all fall onto his shoulders. From cover to cover, Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang deliver a ton of action as Batman and those who can fight back like Micro, The Atom’s successor, must do so or risk the last stronghold of humanity falling. That does raise one question in the back of the reader’s mind and that is whether or not Gotham really is the last stronghold of humanity on Earth. Though we are only four issue is, there could be more and as the series progresses, there is nothing to say that more will not be discovered. As this current story unfolds, Tim cannot believe what he is seeing, especially when it comes to the Jokerz who are welcoming such carnage with open arms and dying for it at the same time. He also feels horror at what he has done and means to do something about it, but with his suit almost beyond repair, his resistance equals almost nothing. This is a side of Tim that we have not really seen before, though it was hinted at during the Futures End weekly series. It adds dimensions to his character which is a good thing and it is nice to see that at the end of the day, Tim is still a hero and still willing to do whatever it takes to beat the bad guy. The ending of this book is quite intriguing as it looks to play with what is going on currently in Snyder’s Batman book and while it is quite a lot of fun to see Jurgens do so, but hopefully this is not a permanent change. All in all, another solid issue from the Batman Beyond creative team trying to do something a little different from what has come before.

3.5 out of 5

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