Friday, December 19, 2014
Olivia's Pick of the Week: Amazing Spider-Man #11
written by Dan Slott
art by Olivier Coipel
This... was good. In fact, this was great. What more can I say? Well, all right. I'll say a bit more than that.
In this issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Verse is still happening of course. All of the the Spiders are gathered together, hiding from Morlun and his family of Inheritors. Doc Ock Spidey had ended the last issue by proclaiming himself as the one to be the true leader of the Spider gang, but he eventually backs off a bit to let the real Peter be the leader. It's funny because he doesn't realize the real Peter is his senior since he's unaware that Peter was able to take back his body from Doc Ock.
The Spiders think they are safe because they are with the Captain Universe Spider-Man who holds unbelievable cosmic powers. They get shown very quickly how wrong they are to feel safe as a bunch of Inheritors track them to their location and start to attack. Everyone wants a piece of Spider-Ham... because the best meat is in the rump.
A lot of Spiders are able to make it away but a bunch of them die, too, including the Captain Universe Spider-Man. So much for all of his power. My favorite scene in this entire issue is when some of the Spiders escape to the 60s cartoon Spider-Man's universe. Pete daydreams for a second, imagining himself dressed as a hippie. The really funny part about that is how the other Spiders are able to see the daydream, too. Then they find the Daily Bugle, the only distinguishable building and they start to point out the absurdity of a New York City building only being six windows wide across. They are a bunch of silly boys.
It's really not looking good for team Spider though because in the end, the Inheritors finally get their hands on little Benjamin Parker, the smallest Spider-Man. Whereas most of the other Spiders are just a little snack for the Inheritors, Ben is one of the few that seems to be of significant importance. They're not eating him. No, they have plans first.
I'm enjoying how each Spider is being drawn with slightly different styles, some more simplistic and cartoony. The distinctions are subtle at times especially if they already have a distinguishable costume. It all helps to be able to recognize the different characters though sometimes I still get them mixed up. It'll be interesting to see what happens next. Poor little Ben was hanging by his ankle. No neck support. All that blood rushing to his head. I'm sure no one has fed him in a while, too. He must be hungry.
I really enjoyed this issue from the art to the story. Just killing Spiders one after the other may have gotten redundant so it'll be interesting to see where the story goes from here.