Welcome back to another weekly roundup of Ice’s comic reviews!
Comics for this week: Amazing Spider-Man #16 and All-Star Batman #1!
Amazing Spider-Man #16 (Marvel)
Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Amazing Spider-Man begins its actual trek towards the “Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy” event happening later this year. I say actual because while teases for this event have been dropping since the first issue of the volume, the real story begins now. The new arc – that begins with this issue – leads into the event, serving as a prologue. Right away, artist Dan Slott teases us with something we don’t even realize is a teaser until the tiny plot twist near the end of the issue. Slott is setting up for major moments that will play off later for Peter Parker/Spider-Man and everyone around him that could mean huge atmospheric changes for the title. The cliffhanger at the end could mean a wrench in either the villain’s or Spider-Man’s plans (in a future issue) and it could go either way. Only way to find out is to keep reading.
All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics)
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: John Romita Jr. & Declan Shalvey
All-Star Batman looks to be the Two-Face story Scott Snyder has been trying to tell and finally gets to. The beginning of the story jumps around a bit in time frames that seemed like it was one jump too much, but overall it wasn’t bad. What is a tiny bit of a turn off is how Batman speaks, which might be similar to how he spoke in the last All-Star Batman series, though not as tough or harsh. It makes him seem like a different kind of Batman or if someone else was under the cowl and not Bruce. You definitely see the difference in how he talks in comparison to the regular Batman series. Reading all this at the start made me quickly think whether I already wanted to discontinue the series past the first issue. I enjoy Batman to be written a certain way, which is something I’m allowed to like. Just like how he’s written here someone else would/does like, maybe even better, and that’s just fine too. But when I got to the part of the issue that explains everything, it all changed. Any feeling of doubt or how I felt about the way Batman spoke was out the window because when you get to what the premise of the series is… BOOM! Amazing. Awesome. Whatever other synonym you want to use. This series is Bruce Willis’ 16 Blocks meets Batman and holy $#!% is that the best combo or what? Yup. I’m hooked! Snyder is also including a backup story running throughout the series that will further explore the new relationship between Batman and his new partner, Duke Thomas. He’s not the new Robin, he’s just “something new” Batman is trying. What does that mean? We didn’t get that answered in Snyder’s Batman run, but maybe we’ll finally get the answer here.