Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 and Harrow County #5

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

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

What remains of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are not doing so well against Regent who possesses more powers than the rest of them combined. With the addition of Spider-Man’s spider-sense, Regent has become pretty much unstoppable, so what chance do any of them have? Wrapping the series up with more than a little conflict is Dan Slott, Adam Kubert and Scott Hanna. As a whole, the series has been really well done with a feel for those classic Spider-Man stories that we have not seen in quite some time. Most of that is due to the addition of Mary Jane as his wife once again and Peter finding himself scrounging for every dollar. The book, this one included, is peppered with many of those iconic ‘against all odds’ scenes and what made them even better was seeing how big a part his family had to play in them. One of the biggest letdowns about this series is simply the fact that it will not continue on. It has been a long time since readers have seen Mary Jane and Peter together and with the addition of Annie, there is a good chemistry between them and every scene puts a smile on your face. Slott has been penning Spidey stories for quite a while now and all of them have been exciting, dramatic and funny, but this book puts a smile on your face without even trying. It is a rare thing and a good thing and while it was only a drop in the bucket, it was nice to see. Of course, there is a ton of action to be had with our heroes facing off against Regent and you had to know that in the end there was going to be a happy ending, or at least as much a one as any of them could have in this particular version of New York. Renew Your Vows has been a pleasantly surprising mini-series and one of the most entertaining ones to spin out of Secret Wars.

4 out of 5

Harrow County #5
Harrow County #5

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Tyler Crook

After the revelations of the last arc that saw Emmy as a witch reborn, sort of, she is feeling kind of lonely. Most of the townsfolk thought she would destroy them or some such nonsense but after proving that she is her own person and not some reincarnated evil, they backed off and now everything is peaceful again. Emmy is even called in to help out with certain problems whether it be mischievous haints up to no good or for a bit of healing. So all is good in her life, things are simply a little boring and just a little lonesome. Harrow County continues to delight with its enchanting tale and stupendous artwork and the book is utterly compelling. Whereas before the book had traces of horror earlier in the run, now everything just seems kind of cute if a little creepy still, though that may not be the right word for it. The scary looking minotaur remains a little disturbing as you never know if he is just going to go berserk or what, but all in all, the book is quite delightful. There is an interesting vibe from the locals towards Emmy in the book now. Most of it is respect though there are still traces of fear amongst a few. One of the more captivating scenes came when a man asked her to do harm against another, which was the first such request she had gotten after helping so many. Emmy was deservedly angry and there was a moment where you almost thought she would do something bad, but she kept herself in control but the seeds for her to go off the deep end are there, buried deep and there is a better than average chance that she will do so at some point. Altogether, the story is quite good and Bunn and Crook leave it on a cliff-hanger which should make for a very good tale indeed come the next issue.

4 out of 5

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