Thursday, July 16, 2015

Spider-Verse #2 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I don't have a ton to say about this issue, though that's not necessarily a bad thing.  Costa takes us pretty clearly through the paces to get to the conclusion, leaving enough mystery along the way to keep us interested.

The biggest mystery is Norman Osborn himself.  His comments to Gwen have an almost fatherly bent to them, an impression seemingly confirmed when he orders his troops not to open fire on her while she's escaping and refers to her as a "poor girl."  Of course, the only problem with the argument that he's just a misunderstood good guy is that he's already killed a Gwen Stacy on this world and that he was keeping Peter Porker hooked to some sort of machine.  How nice can he be?

But, Gwen escapes with Peter, and they're quickly intercepted by Pavitr, Anya, and Spider-UK.  They barely have time to introduce themselves when Pavitr's tracking device discovers the whereabouts of Spider-Man Noir.  We learn that he had escaped detection by breaking into Pavitr's apartment and stealing tools to block the tracking device.  Clever!  He was at the waterfront to try to get some information on Carnage and Tombstone, but the Webbies ruined his plan and now they've got to face the Sinister Six.

Once again, this tie-in series continues to be the one most connected to the overall "Secret Wars" plot, since all the Spider-People here are aware that they don't belong on Battleworld.  The Sinister Six will serve as a distraction, but, at some point, I wonder if the team is going to play a major role in revealing the truth in the main series.

*** (three of five stars)

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