The Arms of the Octopus part 2 of 3
Writer: Mike Costa
Pencils and inks: Jacob Wyatt
Color artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Cory Petit
Cover Art: Alexander Lozano
Review by: Tom Barnett
What do the original, yet all new, X-Men have to do with the superior Spider-Man, the Hulk and Dr. Octopus? They’re all in the Arms of the Octopus storyline. In this issue, the Hulk joins the cast to try and find out where Dr. Octopus came from and how he could even be there. Wasn’t he dead? Or wait, isn’t he Spidey? No, his body is dead, that’s it!
Mike Costa delivered some nice story moments in this middle book of the trilogy. A nicely renedered scene by Jacob Wyatt of the Hulk with a dozen or so puppies is second to none. Wyatt also gave us a two page lab scene that was very well done, mixing in all the characters as they worked to find a solution to the Octopus problem. Costa has given this story some very nice moments of humor and charm. Hank McCoy has become an even more venerable character under the guidance of Costa. It is fun to see these X-Men interact with the modern characters as they have in this series. Costa’s dialogue is very well written and brings the reader through the story with grace and wit.
Wyatt has some great detail in his work and some very nice scenes between characters. Some of his bigger action scenes come off a bit rushed and under done. But really, you can’t miss the Hulk with the puppies!
Jordie Bellaire gives this book a nice feel of Saturday morning cartoons with her coloring style here. This book is supposed to be somewhat light hearted and she does just that giving it a nice pop music type of feel.
Overall this is a fun story and Costa is going to give us a great conclusion in two weeks with part three in the Superior Spider-Man Special.
Tom is a contributing writer for Drunk On Comics. You can follow him on Twitter at @tphoto10.