Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reviews of the Week: Superior Spider-Man #14, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1, and Hunger #1

I had begun to lose interest in this book but it has picked back up. In this issue Ock-Spidey and his army of hired foot soldiers storms the Kingpin's stronghold Shadowland with the intent of killing him. When Jameson contacts him to tell him to knock it off he reminds him of the dirt he has and tells him to sign whatever paper work is needed to make this legit. Kingpin escapes using a body double and Hobgoblin escapes because the Green Goblin, who has hacked into Ock-Spidey's little patrol robots allows him to go unnoticed. Our issue ends with Green Goblin taking the surviving Hand ninjas from Shadowland into his gang.

I really like where things are going. Ock-Spidey has his own headquarters at the decommissioned Raft and an army of henchmen. I even like Ock-Spidey's new look. I'm sure I'm not the first to notice this but it's very reminiscent of Ben Reilly's Spider-man costume. This is a great series and is picking steam back up after a bit of a slump. This is also a great jumping on point so check it out.
Ock-Spidey is not on the best of terms with his fellow Avengers. They may not know exactly what's up but his new violent behavior has caused them to put him on probation. This issue finds Ock-Spidey attacking heroes such as Daredevil, the FF, Moon Knight and more for unknown reasons. The Avengers confront him for this. It seems the sentient Carrion virus is possessing these heroes. Ock-Spidey has a weapon he believes can destroy the virus once and for all. It's at this moment we find out the virus' current host is Hyperion. The Avengers keep Hyperion at bay while Spidey uses his weapon thus freeing Hyperion of the possession. We later see Carrion survived and is with Jackal. Also we get a bit more of a glimpse of what Ock-Spidey has in store for the Sinister Six members he's been gathering.

This was a solid issue and was a step up from the sorry state Avenging Spider-man was in by the end of it's run. Once Avenging stopped being about highlighting Spider-man's Avengers activity and became just a team up book it really lost direction and focus. This might just be a team up book too, but at least it knows and acknowledges it. I'm anxious to see what Ock-Spidey has in store for his former villainous teammates. This is definitely worth checking out.
After all the time travel shenanigans of Age of Ultron the fabric of the Marvel Universe tore a little. One of the effects of this was sending the Marvel Universe Galactus into the Ultimate Universe. In this issue we see Rick Jones of the Ultimate Universe, who is some sort of cosmic guardian intervening in a Kree-Chitauri battle. The battle is interrupted by Gah Lak Tus, which is sort of the Ultimate version of Galactus. Gah Lak Tus is a swarm of hive mind robot looking things that eat planets similar to Galactus. It's at this moment that Galactus appears through a rift in space and time and Gah Lak Tus swarm on him to consume him but end up merging with him creating a sort of Uber-Galactus. He then sends out a swarm of Gah Lak Tus robots as heralds.

This was a fun issue. I love multiverse stories so I'm bound to like this at least a little. But this issue did a good job of being new reader friendly. While I used to read Ultimate books religiously I fell out of it after Ultimatum, only coming in and out of them. But this issue did a decent enough job of getting me up to speed on Ultimate Rick Jones so I wasn't lost. Good read and I can't wait for issue two.

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