Writer – Dan Slott, Peter David, Robbie Thompson, Dennis Hopeless, Mike Costa, Christos Gage
Artist – Giuseppe Camuncoli, Will Sliney, Stacey Lee, Javier Rodriguez, David Baldeon, Paco Diaz
Inker – Cam Smith, Alvaro Lopez, Scott Hanna
Colours – Marte Gracia, Frank D’Armata, Ian Herring, Javier Rodriguez,Jason Keith, Israel Silva
Coming out of Secret Wars, Peter Parker’s life is quite different. For one, Parker Industries has gone worldwide and Peter finds himself in a unique position now to help more people than he ever has before. It is a role he relishes and one that makes him feel good about himself, whole and more complete now that he is able to do what he loves to do as he sees fit. That of course does not stop him from donning his costume and fighting crime where he’s needed, but now he has a lot of cool toys to play with as well like the Spider-Mobile and multipurpose web-shooters. The issue finds his first adversaries to be the Zodiac gang who want his tech for some reason and thankfully, he has all sorts of allies to help him out including Mockingbird and The Prowler. All of his supporting characters that were introduced in the last few years return including Sajani and Anna Maria and we meet some new ones like Lian Chang who is not a very big fan of Spider-Man, but is of Peter. Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli pack the book full of action, comedy and drama and end it all on a very surprising moment that could spell big things for Peter down the road. Also in the book are small, little stories featuring the other Spider-titles that will be debuting soon including Web Warriors, Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Man 2099. The two that really standout are the Spider-Woman tale that finds her pregnant and a bonus Spider-Man tale that spins out of the Secret Wars title Renew Your Vows. The latter story is a bit shocking actually; to see something make it out of that particular world and timeline, but it should be a lot of fun to see what Slott has in mind for Spidey down the road. The best thing about this book is that it too, like the other new titles that premiered this week, does not spoil any of the going-ons in Secret Wars and can be read and enjoyed on its own. You also have no need to go back and Renew Your Vows to understand the last little story in this book, but if you do, it will give you a little more understanding as to just what could happen in upcoming issues. This was a fantastic new start for Spidey and his friends in a book that literally has it all.
5 out of 5
Writer – Jeff Lemire
Artist – Emi Lenox
Colours – Jordie Bellaire
At the end of the first issue, the kids discovered the body of Plutona, the strongest hero they knew and if she could die, then that means there is someone stronger out there. Though they are scared and everyone has their own ideas of what to do with the body, like Ray who wants to take videos and selfies and possibly become rich, they decide to leave it where it is because if her enemies found out, who would stop them from destroying the city? At the end of it all though, after everyone has gone home, Teddy has another idea on what to do. With a definite Stand By Me-vibe going on, the second issue of Plutona is an absolute joy to read as everything about these kids rings true. Their feelings of fear and the guilt are easy to empathize with and as they stand over the body of their greatest hero and you can also understand their confusion. The story is highly compelling, both in story and artwork and by the end of the issue, you wonder not just about what Teddy is going to do, but what the rest of them will as well. There is also a backup tale in the book, written and drawn by Lemire that details Plutona’s last mission. Of course, we already know how it ends, and it is a moving tale simply for the fact that we also learn a little more of her background, that she has a child herself and it makes the upcoming tragedy all the more devastating. Plutona is a wonderful book that balances a coming of age story with that of a superhero title and one that should be on your radar if it is not already there.
4.5 out of 5