Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #4 and Harrow County #8

Amazing Spider-Man #4
Amazing Spider-Man #4

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

The Zodiac are about to make their move and Spidey and S.H.I.E.L.D. are on the case, that is until Aunt May and the charity she works for are attacked in Africa by Goblins. So defying both S.H.I.E.L.D. and their liaison Mockingbird, Spider-Man races to her side to rescue the only family he has. Peter Parker has always been a person of great morals and strong character and all of that can be chalked up to his Aunt May and his Uncle Ben. As long as she lives, she will always come first before anything else in his life and that alone makes him a hero to many. There is quite a bit of action in this latest issue as such and Giuseppe Camuncoli illustrates it masterfully. While you immediately think that at least one of these Goblins is one of ‘the’ Goblins, they are not, simply mercenaries sent on the behalf of a dictator to cause trouble for those less fortunate than they and coincidentally, just where Aunt May happens to be. Now that our hero has gone global with his company and has started partnering with S.H.I.E.L.D., having Mockingbird become a member of the supporting cast was a stroke of genius on Dan Slott’s part because it not only gets her back in a published book, but also puts her back in the spotlight which is a good thing. While Spidey has always been great as a solo act, his banter usually works best when he has someone to play off of and if Mockingbird is going to be joining our hero on missions in a regular capacity, the book is only going to get better. Slott continues to play up all the little mysteries he has going, starting another with the Lizard and does so while keeping the Zodiac story running which continues to vex everyone as to just what it is they are up to. It has been interesting thus far and while they have always seemed more a joke than anything else, this incarnation of the Zodiac is turning out to be quite formidable. Great action, humour and drama from a continually great book.

4 out of 5

Harrow County #8
Harrow County #8

Writer – Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
Artist – Tyler Crook, Simon Roy
Letters – Tyler Crook

After coming to town under false pretenses, Kammi has finally revealed to Emmy just what it is she is here for and that is to rule. Whether Emi joins her or not really does not matter because Kammi will do so with or without her and none of the haints and creatures of the forest are going to help her. Or will they? The riveting spell that is Harrow County continues to enchant as Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook stir up a little trouble for our heroine. Not everything is as it seems between the two sisters with Kammi being quite evil and ruthless. Though it looks to be as if she has turned all of Emmy’s mystical friends against her, some of them are still loyal and will do anything to protect her and they will have to do so as Emmy is on the run. There is a surprising amount of rivalry between the two, most of it coming from Kammi and the only reason for there to be any whatsoever is jealousy, to which Emmy declares and Kammi denies. The book is absolutely striking thanks to Tyler Crook, and you cannot help but pour over every page looking at all the gorgeous details he has put into them. The haints, though spooky, look amazing and the scenes between the girls are filled with electricity, hatred and magic. Out of all the horror titles on the stands today, though this title may not out and out scare anyone, it sends a bit of a creepy and slightly malevolent current through you when reading it as you just never know when something dastardly is going to happen. Witchcraft by itself is frightening, combining that with various spirits and creatures and a young girl’s temper and you have a possible recipe for disaster.  Harrow County is a fantastic book from start to finish that never fails to entertain, one that can be enjoyed by anyone.

4.5 out of 5

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