"The Black Vortex enters the world of Cyclops in the final issue of the series.."- Review of Cyclops by Brad Dee
Cyclops #12: "The Black Vortex" continues with part 10 of this incredibly boring and useless storyline. In the last 2 months, we have seen heroes(and villains) get corrupted by the Black Vortex to do deeds that they normally would not do. We also have a combined 5 storylines running in this storyline at once that I assume will connect at the very end. What gets accomplished in this issue(which is also the final issue of "Cyclops").Nothing at all. Literally nothing.
In the last 2 issues, Cyclops has been captured by Mister Knife along with Iceman and Groot. While a majority of this issue focuses on the prison break that a young Scott Summers must attempt to escape with the Black Vortex, it also displays a maturity process that Cyclops shows as he slowly again transitions from a kid to the future leader of the X-men. If you're a follower of the Cyclops series, you might be happy with this issue. If you're a follower of "The black vortex" then you will feel this issue does nothing to the over-all plot and 4 of the 5 storylines flowing in this mess of a series are never even discussed. By the end, we have 3 more people using the Black Vortex power. If you're in the mood to see a super-charged Iceman who looks like an elf and a super-charged Cyclops who looks like something out of an 80's Nintendo game, then read this issue. If not, you can skip it and really not miss anything.I give this issue a 5 out of 10.
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Dan Slott continues to tear down what he has created....Review of Amazing Spider-man 17 by Brad Dee
Amazing Spider-man #17: Slott and Sage again do "tear-down" duty as they continue to get rid of all loose-ends on the way to Secret Wars. This month, lets make sure that nobody thinks Peter is still dating Anna Marie, continue destroying Parker Industries and give us a cliffhanger that might be removing one character from the series. As a whole, this issue serves its purpose. Last month, "iron man" villain the Ghost was hired to destroy Parker Industries. Why he would go along with this is never fully explained, but knowing the Ghost's usual frame of mind, we can just fill in the blanks.
Next issue will be a rare battle where Spidey needs to use his brains instead of his might as he takes on a foe he can't punch or web up. Should be interesting. But, the main story only encompasses 12 pages of this issue, as the end of the book is dedicated to a pointless Black Cat story where she is trying to steal back all of her items that were sold at a auction. With only 1 month to go until "Secret Wars", I was hoping we could have spent a full 22 pages on the regular story so that Slott doesn't need to rush the next issue to finish a storyline that is literally 4 years in the making. But, I guess he will because the Black Cat story was also "to be continued". Since a review must be for the entire issue, I can only give this issue a 6 out of 10.Good first story. Useless second story.