Friday, October 30, 2015

Spider-Island #4 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This issue is solid, even though it's hard not to feel like Gage stalls for time at the end:  Peter stops the heroes from killing the Queen and thereby gives her enough time to evolve into a greater foe.  That said, Peter would oppose killing an opponent and he would have the cachet to make the rest of the team at least pause before they do so.  Moreover, if Gage had ended the story here, it would've felt rushed, since he wisely spent the early part of the issue setting up the team's attack on the Queen.  (Amazingly, Stegron uses his device not to rescue the infected minions of the Queen, but to animate the dinosaurs of the Museum of Natural History to create a distraction.  It certainly raises the question why we can resurrect the dinosaurs but not cure the mutates.)  Even though this series has had little to do with the main plot of "Secret Wars," it really does feel like the realization of a Doomsday scenario "Spider-Island."  (It's definitely stronger than other series in this category, like "Age of Apocalypse" or "Years of Future Past.")  I can't wait to see what Flash's final "Hail Mary" play is!

*** (three of five stars)

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