Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #11 and The Totally Awesome Hulk #5

Amazing Spider-Man #11
Amazing Spider-Man #11

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker – Cam Smith
Colours – Marte Gracia
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

Scorpio Rising comes to an end as Scorpio’s plan finally comes to fruition and he opens the doorway to what he believes are his dreams come true. Suffice it to say, Spidey closes that door on him – literally – and as such, provides one of the more interesting finales to any conflict that our hero has ever found himself in. The book begins with Spider-Man’s team unable to do anything about Scorpio thanks to all the satellites being down, but with a little ingenuity and a little help from Nick Fury, Jr. – the heroes rush in to save the day and put a stop to the man before he can use just what it is that he discovers. Slott has created a very interesting villain in the latest iteration of Scorpio, a man made dangerous by ambition and that makes him different from the usual foes that Spidey usually faces, those that are simply out to make a quick buck or whatnot. Despite all the action that takes place and the humour present throughout, of which there is quite a bit, Slott also continues to pepper the book with his ongoing plotline involving Otto Octavius. Though his consciousness might be stuck in a robot at the moment, the man is still planning and scheming and waiting to make his return. How he is set to do that remains to be seen as he no longer has a physical body to come back to and that in itself is going to present a challenge. There is a revealing moment when Anna Maria is in danger and Otto almost gives himself away and who is to say that she has not had an inkling of the truth thus far? Though the Scorpio storyline was good, it has come to the point where you want to see more of Otto and his comeback. The teases and allusions have been great, but Slott needs to make this happen as the stuff he wrote before, during and after his Superior run was pure genius. Once again, the brilliant Giuseppe Camuncoli provides some stellar pencils and everyone from Spider-Man to Mockingbird are in fine form. While there has been a wee bit of complaining about Spidey’s new glowing bits – his eyes and the emblem on his chest, it really is just a minor thing and takes nothing away from what makes his costume so great. Eleven issues in and Slott keeps the title fresh and moving along at a great pace without making it too complicated for new readers.

4 out of 5

The Totally Awesome Hulk #5
The Totally Awesome Hulk #5

Writer – Greg Pak
Artist – Mike Choi
Colours – Frank Martin
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

No matter how many transformations the Hulk has gone through over the years, there has always been a rage inside of him. Maddy can sense it while Amadeus can sort of feel it, but even worse, the Enchantress can see it and she has big plans for the Hulk which is not a good thing. Continuing on this very new, yet somewhat familiar path for the Hulk is Greg Pak and new artist Mike Choi. What plans the Enchantress has for the Hulk are unknown at this point, but after a confrontation between the two, it leaves you wondering just who is in control – the goddess, the man or the monster? One thing that is very evident is that it is not Amadeus because he is having blackouts and during said moments of lost time, he has been committing wanton acts of destruction. For the moment, it has not affected or harmed any one person, but it can only be a matter of time before something happens. Amadeus does believe that he has it all in hand, but Maddy knows better, especially concerning the Hulk’s history. What is most interesting about this particular story is that Pak is revisiting threads from the Hulk’s past where Bruce Banner thought he was firmly in control of his alter-ego. While history has proven otherwise, Amadeus trusts in his smarts, genius that they are, but he has never dealt with the Hulk like this before – not when it was an actual part of him. You can see where Pak is taking us and familiar though it may be, it is also quite exciting to see it all start over again. Factoring in the threat of the Enchantress and whatever other dangers might come his way, reading the Hulk has not been this intriguing or exciting in quite some time.

4 out of 5

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  1. The Amazing Spider-Man #11 was another really strong issue. The Scorpio storyline reached an exciting finale, I really liked the way it was resolved. I agree with you, as much as I’ve enjoyed this story, I think its run its course now. Really excited about the Otto Octavius subplot and how its been developing. Not read The Totally Awesome Hulk. Been ages since I’ve read a Hulk comic tbh, I used to enjoy the character so much, but kinda went off the Hulk comics a while back. Great reviews of these two issues 🙂

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