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Scarlet Spiders (Spider-Verse Tie-In) #2 Review

The Scarlet Spiders Spider-Verse Mini-Event continues in issue #2! Here’s my recap and review!

The comic picks up with the evil Johnny Storm realizing something is wrong with this scenario only to get knocked out while he’s Flamed-On. Ben has to abandon the Iron Man suit because Kaine points out that the suit probably has fail-safes on it and Jennix would be able to pull him in and peel him out of it like a sardine. Their cover is blown, which Jessica doesn’t like since her plan ultimately hinged on her being the decoy rather than them, so they have to wing it.

Ben and Kaine get into where they keep the clones. It turns out Jennix has about a thousand clones divided into levels for him and his siblings. When one dies their consciousness is transferred into the body and then released. Kaine votes on destroying the entire building, but Ben doesn’t want to since it means everyone else would go with it, so that means they’ll have to try a little harder than that.

Meanwhile, Jennix isn’t paying much attention to the fight since he has other things to handle. He tells Dr. Warren to simply keep monitoring the situation and if they make it to the special projects then he’ll run interference. It shows he’s both cocky and delegates his workload like a proper mad scientist should.

The spiders split up with Jessica playing the spymaster until she can get somewhere to interfere with the counter-measures, Kaine goes to deal with the main power cells, and Ben stays behind to try to do something in the clone room. Kaine… he wrecks the hell out of the security detail, with the caption mentioning that while he doesn’t have much of a life outside of violence, he’s making the most out of it. Then he finds something so shocking he has to go get Ben and the technician.

It turns out that special project is that Jennix has been cloning Spiders and these are the failures. Given what Kaine has gone through, it triggers a rage moment and that alerts Jennix that they are there. So Jennix makes good on his promise and goes to deal with them personally after showing them some footage of his experiments and how the clones don’t contain any of the essence that they have. As the comic ends Jennix makes it clear he’s going to turn them into an experiment once he’s done kicking them around.

Okay, review time….

I loved it for a tie-in. It got straight to the point and we have everyone in the roles they’re meant to play. 5 out of 5.


Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #8 Review

Here’s my review of Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #8! Read on as we dive into the past of Jefferson and his secret history with SHIELD!

The story picks up with Jefferson in what I can only assume to be the seventies rather than the eighties with those hairstyles. Aaron came to collect money with his brother in tow, Jefferson clearly not comfortable with the situation. It proves to be the right thing when Jefferson ends up getting into a fight because they try to gang up on him. He does surprisingly well against them, but when the police came he ended up going to jail.

Nick Fury turns up to bail him out and then lets him loose. He explains that because he did a damn good job of kicking ass, Turk’s men were going to come recruit him for a job as a professional hood rat. If he doesn’t take it then they’d kill him, but Fury wants him inside as a recruit.

It goes down like Fury said, but Fury tells him from then on the long-plan. They don’t care about Turk, he’s small time after all. He wants Jefferson to make him big-time enough to gain Wilson Fisk’s attention and buy him out so that he works for him. With a mole in place he wants him to act like a gangster until he gets something to nail the Kingpin so that SHIELD can get his ass. The comic ends after that with Miles and Jefferson about to go into the second part, of when his mother came into play.

Okay, review time….

Well, I’ll start right out and say that I didn’t like the flashback art. I get why they did it, but it hurts the eyes just to look at it. Still, it could be worse.

Now, on the subject of the past, we see that Aaron was thug even back then. Only he dragged his brother into it and nearly led to him getting his ass beaten. Where Jefferson learned to scrap like that I have no clue, but at least we see now why he’s ashamed of what he’s done to this point.

I give it a 4 out of 5.