Mind Capsules – Amazing Spider-Man #18 and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #10

Amazing Spider-Man #18

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – R.B. Silva
Inker – Adriano Di Benedetto
Colours – Marte Gracia
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

Before Dead No More continues courtesy of Dan Slott and R.B. Silva, but it veers off the main storyline to bring us a tale of a man long out of the spotlight, the one and only Otto Octavius – Doctor Octopus. Ever since the Spider-Verse crossover, Otto has essentially been dead in the classic sense, but being the self-proclaimed genius that he was, he made a back-up of his memory which eventually came to rest within The Living Brain – Anna Maria’s robot companion. Ever since, we have seen said robot and Anna Maria together almost all of the time and this probably explains why. The tone of the story is somewhat serious at least as much as Slott is able to make it as it deals with Spidey’s long-time foe. You cannot help but have a bit of a smirk on your face every now and then as it brings back memories of the Superior Spider-Man, even though there is no outright humour present. The explanation as to how Otto survived is a little farfetched of course, but in this particular comic, it fits right in and you can see Otto doing something exactly like this. The man is just as scheming as ever and his hatred of Peter runs extremely deep. Being stuck in the Living Brain is not helping matters either as he feels helpless, especially when it comes to the love of his life – Anna Maria. Working side-by-side with her is a torture now that he can no longer touch her or be with her or even tell her who he truly is and that he is not, in fact dead. Anna Maria dating other men only puts the icing on the cake and as such, Otto has never felt worse. So it is that he means to do something about it, to reclaim his life no matter the cost. Slott gives Peter very little to do in this book, the story focusing upon Otto primarily. R.B. Silva graces the book with his pencils and he does so expertly, making the story that Slott is telling flow exceptionally smooth with the latter half being quite action-packed and exciting. You can only assume at this point, with all the build-up that Slott is creating, that Otto is going to get a body back and be a thorn in Peter’s side once again. Yet another great issue on the road to The Clone Conspiracy.

4 out of 5

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #10

Writer – Kate Leth
Artist – Brittney L. Williams
Colours – Megan Wilson
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

If there is one thing that is consistent in this book, it is the simple fact that Patsy cannot keep herself out of trouble. Perhaps a better way of putting it would be the trouble follows Patsy and she finds it extremely hard to get out of the way. For ten glorious issues, Kate Leth has been writing one of the funniest and wittiest books being published today and this issue is no different. At the moment, Patsy finds herself in Hell, or at least one certain hell, courtesy of her ex-husband Daimon Hellstrom a.k.a. the Son of Satan. it seems as if someone was whispering in the ears of Patsy’s former lovers and they believed her to be coming after them. Of course, that was a fib and now the only person who can save Patsy, is Patsy. There are a lot of funny moments in the book, from Jubilee taking the exes to task, to Patsy and Belial and their battle of wits. Leth not only knows comedy, but she understands every facet of Patsy’s life and constantly weaves in as much as she can for new readers and old. The supporting cast Leth has assembled is one of the best to be found in any comic as she has not only introduced new characters, but has brought them back from her previous titles. Jubilee who is the newest addition has been an inspired choice and surprisingly, a good one. If nobody else is using her, the X-titles loss is Patsy’s gain. As this latest arc has proven, Leth can bring in any characters and make the story just as much fun as any that came before. It also proves that Hellstrom and Mad-Dog should remain in the book as they are not only hilarious, but will provide a lot of fodder for future tales, but annoy Patsy as well. With some spectacular artwork from Brittney L. Williams, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat, continues to be an unusually spectacular book among Marvel’s usual fare.

4.5 out of 5

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  1. Great review. Really enjoyed this issue of ASM, been wondering when Otto’s mind would take over the robot and make his move against Peter. It was a really well thought out story and very exciting, nice open ended way to leave this plot thread hanging as well. Looking forward to The Clone Conspiracy. I’m not a reader of Hellcat, so can’t really comment on this issue, sounds quite good tho 🙂

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