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Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #16 and Squadron Supreme #10

Amazing Spider-Man #16
Amazing Spider-Man #16

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

Jay Jameson is not doing too well, specifically his heart and if he does not get some kind of miracle cure and soon, he may not have very much time left upon the Earth. Of course, with everyone gathered around his bedside, cure the ‘miracle’ which comes in the form of a very experimental procedure involving cloned organs. Peter is willing to give it a go but J. Jonah is not and like it or not, JJJ is the man with the power in this situation, other than Aunt May that is. The thing that Peter and the rest of his family do not know is that this miracle cure comes from the Jackal and what the Jackal is offering them comes at a price which he means to claim. For the first time in a long time, the book is essentially all drama, especially when a Parker Industries plant blows up and injures one of the workers there. There is a bit of action to keep things moving as Spidey rushes in to save him with his new Spider-Cycle, but for the most part, this entire book is a fairly somber affair. While Slott is best known for his humour, the man can also write seriously when he needs to and he puts it on full display with this story. There are some surprises thrown in, such as the Jackal working to restore Electro’s powers and the return of Electro’s dead wife. All of this you have to know is leading into the Dead No More storyline, not to mention the previously announced Clone Conspiracy. With the use of cloned organs and the return of people thought to be dead, one would never think that Marvel would start messing with clones in the Spider-books once again and yet, with Slott heading up the whole thing, you have to know that he has a plan and that it will most likely turn out to be a pretty amazing story. The one question that keeps running through your mind as you read this though, is just what is it that the Jackal wants and how far is he willing to take it? You have to guess it is the death of Spider-Man, but until he makes his move, the Jackal’s motives will remain under wraps. Hopefully things will lighten up just a little with the next issue, but on the whole, the sixteenth issue of the series was a good one.

3.5 out of 5

Squadron Supreme #10
Squadron Supreme #10

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Leonard Kirk
Inker – Paul Neary
Colours – Chris Sotomayor
Letters – Travis Lanham

The Squadron Supreme are on a mission to stop a Hadron Collider, one built to harness black holes from starting up before there is no going back. They run into a problem though and his name is Adam Brashear, otherwise known as the Blue Marvel. Tying into the events of Civil War II in a very thin way, James Robinson brings in one of the Marvel U’s biggest guns to give the team a run for their money. What makes this quite funny and more than a little annoying for the Squadron is that he seems awfully prepared, more so than he had any right to be. That of course, is thanks to Ulysses, the Inhuman who is at the center of the Civil War II controversy as he can see/predict the future and thus, Brashear’s whole reason for being here. If this were a normal story, it would be really interesting to see if the Blue Marvel would be able to take the team on without any of his fail-safe measures at hand. As it is, the story is still a lot of fun and seeing the team essentially stopped in their tracks so thoroughly is not a spectacle having been seen in this book until now. Leonard Kirk lays the action down perfectly and it reads like an action movie in the best possible way. There is a bit of drama after the team heads back to lick their wounds, of who the leader is and why they follow Nitehawk and that is soon put on hold as Zarda makes an appearance – the Power Princess that Warrior Woman met in-between the worlds and from whom she stole her powers. Zarda tells the team everything she knows including the how Warrior Woman has learned that to rule everything there is, she will need to have Namor by her side. If there is one thing that the Squadron does not want in the slightest, it is the resurrection of Namor. One thing that is for sure, is that should Robinson manage to bring Namor back, it will make things much more interesting for our heroes. Many think of them as villains, and perhaps that is partly right, but they do fight for the betterment of mankind and no matter their means, they do what they think is correct. This was a truly exciting story from Robinson and company that looks as if it is leading into bigger and better things.

4 out of 5

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  1. Amazing Spider-Man #16 was really good, setting everything up for the new arc, and the mystery of what that Jackal is up to is nicely establisherd. Great art in this issue as well. I’ve never read Squadtron Supreem, but it certainly sounds interesting!

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