The Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 finally have it out in Superior Spider-Man #18. Now in our present, Miguel O’Hara has to prevent Otto Octavius (who’s in the body of Spid-you know what, if you haven’t caught onto this now, you haven’t been paying attention) from killing Tiberius Stone, the arrogant genius threatening to take over Horizon labs who also happens to be Miguel’s grandfather. At the same time, the “temporal event” that’s threatening to wipe out O’Hara’s present (the year 2099) is inching ever closer.
Writer Dan Slott is clearly having a blast writing this story. The opening pages deliver on what the cover promises, with a break neck and surprisingly brutal fight between Otto and O’Hara. The ramifications of Octavius removing Peter Parker’s psyche from his mind comes into major play here, as Otto has no idea who the Spider-Man of 2099 is, leading Spidey 2099 to realize that this is not the same hero he teamed up with in the past. Read the rest of this entry
The second week of DC’s “Villain’s Month” arrives, and it looks like we’ve already got a frontrunner for the best issue of the event. Plotted by Scott Snyder and Ray Fawkes, Riddler #1 is a modern day revenge tale that ably showcases the strengths of Batman’s smartest foe.
Unlike last week’s Joker #1, Riddler takes place in modern day Gotham and finds Edward Nigma making his way through the biggest puzzle in Gotham: Wayne Enterprises. Like a thinking man’s Die Hard, Nigma works through the security systems with ease, ably taking out the many security blocks designed to keep unwanted visitors from passing through the tower’s doors. As Nigma gets closer to the top, we learn the real reason why he’s so interested in the tower: years ago, an Arkham guard knocked him down and took away his playing cards. Now that guard is head of security at the Wayne Enterprises, and Riddler is looking to get his revenge.
At this point, I shouldn’t have to tell you that Scott Snyder has delivered a great Batman tale. However, I should mention that he came up with the plot for this issue with Ray Fawkes, who is credited with scripting this one shot. Normally I would cry foul over Snyder only plotting (again), but the man is writing so many excellent series that I’m not surprised that he couldn’t find room in his schedule to write another book. Read the rest of this entry