Comic Reviews: Superior Spider-Man and Justice League!
The final act of “No Escape” hits, and with it come some big changes for Otto Octavius’ new life as Spider-Man. Writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage have penned a satisfying conclusion to the latest Superior Spider-Man arc that also hints at some major (and unexpected) things to come. Alistair Smythe still has control of The Raft, the Marvel universe federal super prison. With the technologically enhanced Vulture, Scorpion, and Boomerang assisting, Smythe is looking to escape the prison, and the only person standing in his way is the Superior Spider-Man.
The script by Slott and Gage is really well done, and effectively concludes this latest battle with a pre-Superior Spidey foe. Vulture, Scorpion, and Boomerang are in kind of throw-away roles, but seeing The Lizard reappear was a lot of fun, and something that I hope we’ll see in the near future (maybe in the upcoming Spider-man Team-Up?).
While I would’ve liked some more moments with Scorpion and Lizard, the battle between Smythe and Otto is really well done, and plays out very unexpectedly. Just when you think the battle is over, there’s another twist towards the end of the issue that really puts an interesting spin on Otto’s method of crime-fighting, and parallels one of his final moments with the real Spider-Man in a very interesting way.
Giuseppe Camuncolli’s pencils are a little looser this time around, but there are a lot of great action scenes to be found here. There’s a great fluidity in his pencils when he depicts Otto moving through hallways and fighting. When it comes to the rotating stable of Superior artists, Camuncolli is easily one of my favorites.
Superior Spider-Man #13 ends on an interesting note, and I’ll refrain from spoiling it here. While I was surprised by Otto’s interaction with J. Jonah Jameson at issue’s end, I’m very intrigued by what’s to come, especially when other heroes in New York start to notice what “Spidey” is up to. If his Avengers teammates weren’t curious about his behavior before, they definitely will be now. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
After months and months of hype, the “Trinity War” is finally starting in the DC universe. The first crossover of the “New 52”, the story will pit the three Justice League teams (regular, America, and Dark) against one another. Now that we’ve finally gotten the first installment of the story, how does it stack up?
Pretty well, actually. Geoff Johns’ plot is very cool, and actually comes up with a fairly decent reason for these heroes to come to blows. Of course, with this being the first part of a six issue story, there’s a lot of set up here, and some of it may confuse readers who haven’t been reading all of the Justice League titles (or even the first issue of Pandora that was released last week).
Unfortunately I only read Justice League, so I am one of those readers who had a little trouble following some of the smaller side characters that pop up here, like Phantom Stranger and Madame Xanadu. Since I have no back story for what kind of role they’ve played in the lead up to this story, their scenes really disrupted the narrative of the issue. However, it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book, which goes to prove how strong Johns’ writing is.
Ivan Reis’ pencils are fantastic in this issue. When the Justice League and JLA start throwing the first punches it seems like a truly epic event. There are some fantastic splash and double splash pages that reveal some pretty incredible moments, which makes this probably Reis’ strongest issue of Justice League yet.
Despite some small confusing moments, the first installment of “Trinity War” is worthy of your time and four bucks. Even though one of the “shocking moments” of the issue is quickly done away with a few panels after it happens, there’s still enough of a mystery to keep you interested when the heroes of the DC universe take a break from punching each other.