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Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #3 and Doctor Strange #2

Amazing Spider-Man #3
Amazing Spider-Man #3

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker – Cam Smith
Colours – Marte Gracia

At some point in time, it eventually had to happen – Spider-Man versus the Human Torch – round 923897! That may be a way of simplifying the whole story, but essentially what Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli do is craft a bit of a love letter to the Fantastic Four and it is truly good to see. It seems Parker Industries has bought the Baxter Building, lock, stock and barrel as their newest office in New York and it makes Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, just a little mad. So instead of asking and talking it out like a civilized person, Johnny breaks in and decides to have it out with Spidey just like they have done many times before. We learn a few things as the battle goes on, one being that Spidey is a very forgiving guy and has now hired Harry Osborn to help run the company. Another is the fact that he did whatever it took to acquire the Baxter Building so it did not fall into the wrong hands and that when the FF return, not should they return, but when, their home will be there waiting for them. The Zodiac, the big bad introduced for the first arc of the series, puts in an appearance and manages to take down a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, which not everyone is able to do. What their ultimate goal is has not yet been revealed, but if they continue on the course they have set for themselves, it does not seem like things are going to be as easy as Peter thought it would be to take them out. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, which is to be expected, and it makes you quite excited to find out what it will mean for Spidey though you know it will not be any good. First with the revelation that Doc Ock has somehow survived and now with the reintroduction of another classic villain, to which a very visible hint is given in the book, it makes things very exciting at the moment to be a Spider-Man fan. With great artwork by Giuseppe Camuncoli, a great story and an appearance by the Fantastic Four, but not really, this new direction has been a lot of fun and extremely enjoyable to say the least.

4.5 out of 5

Doctor Strange #2
Doctor Strange #2

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Chris Bachalo
Inker – Tim Townsend
Colours – Chris Bachalo

Zelma seems to have a slight case of mind maggots in her head and the only person who can help is Doctor Strange. Eventually the good doctor is able to do so, but not without a couple of hiccups before he is successful. Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo have not only revived, but reinvigorated Doctor Strange for a new generation of fans and have done so without alienating the older ones who might be reading the book as well. Stephen Strange is still the man you have known and loved throughout the years, the only difference between this title and all of those that have come before is the injection of a little humour to lighten things up from the normally serious tone the book has always had. That is not to say that the magic and horror that have permeated it in the past is not here, it is, but with a little humour to balance it out, the book, the story and the character are a not only a little more accessible, but an easier read as well. And the book is funny, though it may not make you laugh out loud or anything, but it is great to see a Stephen Strange that is a little lighter in tone, one that can still be serious when he needs to be, but who is enjoying life and whatever it throws his way. Aside from Wong, Stephen has never had a very large supporting cast of characters, although Clea could probably be thrown in the mix too. With the addition of Zelma the librarian, Strange’s supporting cast has now been increased by one and hopefully it continues to grow just a wee bit more. Chris Bachalo does an outstanding job on the artistic side of the book, making all the creepy things creepy and the crawly things as strange as can be. If there was one artist who was made to draw this book, one unlike any that came before, it is Bachalo and the man really gives it his all on every page. Story-wise, Aaron continues to knock it out of the park and together, he and Bachalo make the perfect team. Ending things off, the mystery threat of the Empiriku continues to be just that and once it knocks on Stephen’s door, things should get pretty interesting.

4.5 out of 5

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