What's up everyone? The month of August is finally over. Man, it felt like it was never going to end. Hopefully we are getting closer to cooler weather. Not to mention football! But football talk is for another time. Today we are talking comics! August ended on a relatively slow week. DC basically rolled out Annuals. Not one Rebirth issue. I would bet that September will be quite busy. Marvel was full of Civil War II tie-ins. Though, I didn't touch any of those. Matter of fact, I only have two comics this week. Abnormally low that's for sure. Not one DC either. I will say the two I read, I really enjoyed. And of course I got them at none of than 901 Comics! Go see them! Heads up, they will be around the Cooper Young Fest on September 17th. Oh and so will I! If you see me say hi. Ok, into the comics we go! Give me a shout on Twitter @WebHeadNick86 or @Nerd_901 if you ever want to talk comics. All the best.
The Amazing Spider-Man #17
This series continues to move forward to the Clone Conspiracy. This book doesn't miss a beat. It truly is a great issue. The funny thing about this issue. Spider-Man hardly stars in his own book. That isn't a problem though. In fact, it only helps create a shining light on the supporting characters. The idea of the Clone Conspiracy has to hang on supporting players. Now is the time to build them up. They need to matter in the big event. Dan Slott is doing a fantastic job of making us aware and care about those characters. That in mind, a Peter-less issue is fine by me.
I love the fact that this issue puts a lot of focus on Hobie Brown aka The Prowler. If you have been keeping up with the series, then you know Brown has played the role of Spider-Man every once in a while. Peter hired Brown to ensure that Peter Parker and Spider-Man can be in two places at once. It has worked so far, but Hobie has been lacking in most issues. It's nice to have him be the focus of an issue now. He is given a mission by Parker to check on a company called New U. They are in the business of creating new organs. A company that Peter may have to use for a family member. Hence why he wants Brown to check it out. What Brown discovers is pretty damn mischievous.
He discovers the Jackal and he is back up to his old cloning tricks again. Jackal again headlines another Slott story. While most were worried about that, I welcomed it. Slott has done a great job of how he handles the villain. That remains true in this issue. We get to see what he has been up to lately. He is able to recruit The Lizard to work for him. We are all aware of the struggle between good and evil The Lizard has faced over the years. Though there is one thing that will tip his hand. And the Jackal was able to provide that for him. Jackal has brought back to life The Lizard's wife and child. That is the main idea of his plan. Bring back to life loved ones of villains. Use their emotions against them. Here's the kicker about the Jackal. He firmly believes he is doing work as a good guy. He says it several times throughout the issue. As well as "catch, not kill". I'm sure his love for mad science and loathing of Peter Parker is still a big proponent of what he is up too. That being said, it's a new twist on the Jackal.
Each issue of the ASM series peaks my interest of what the Clone Conspiracy has in store. The continuing depth of Jackal as a villain and the building of supporting cast members helps prepare us for a fun Spider-Man event. It's only a matter of time before Peter Parker's life turns crazy again.
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #2
As I was about to leave 901 Comics with only one comic in hand, and full of sadness it was owner Shannon Merritt that made me stop in my tracks. He noticed something was off. And only like a great comic book shop owner could, he sensed I was not satisfied with my one comic. That is when he pointed me to this comic. "Dude it's freaking awesome" he proclaimed. Without any knowledge to the issue, the title itself could have sold me. How could an issue with Judge Dredd, Aliens, and the Predator not be awesome!? But, I had my reservations about it. Was it going to be too "campy"? Was it going to have a compelling story? Hell, with one issue already in was I too late? These are questions a comic book reader have to struggle with when it comes to venturing off into a new title. Though luckily, I had Shannon there to help. He caught me up to speed. It was an instant sell from that moment. Shout out to you Shannon! You rock dude!
A crossover like this could settle on being a goofy series with tons of bloodshed. It could put these characters together, let us sit back, and watch them tear each other limb from limb. That is not the case at all with this title. Writer John Layman has other plans. He has a incredibly thought out process for these three historic characters. He could have simply had the judges hunt down the Predator or Aliens and call it a day. That is not how he wanted to tell his story. Instead it's a slow burn of when these characters may met up.
Judge Dredd and his crew are forced to chase after a villain deep pass the Badlands. Into a jungle area that even the people who dwell in the Badlands won't go. Turns out the Predators are there. They are in search of a comrade that has been taking by an evil mad scientist. A scientist that experiments on people and animals. So what does this dude want with a Predator? But of course to experiment on the creature. There is one more trick up his sleeve. He has gotten a hold of an Alien. Now he wants to see what he can do with this new species. By the end of the issue Judge Dredd is in a dire situation. And that slow burn to when all these characters will be meeting up, is coming to a close quickly. It won't be too much longer before we see them all face to face. Or more like snarling teeth to mandibles Maybe it's time we start taking bets on who comes out alive on this one. Any takers!?