Script: Christos Gage
Penciler: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inkers: John Dell & Terry Pallot
Color Art: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Release Date: June 19th, 2013
"No Escape Part Two: Lockdown"
A bunch a villains trapped on The Raft with Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson and a group of other people is a recipe for a fun couple of issues. Dan Slott is not letting me down. This issue picks up with Smythe breaking free from his death penalty chamber while freeing Scorpion, Vulture and Boomerang after giving them extra powers. Spidey has his hands full.
I think beyond the explosions and punches, there is a lot going on here. Otto is really starting to get his Spider-Man business down pat and even uses his knowledge of being a villain to his benefit. He knows how easily people can be baited (because he had been baited so many times in the future), he knows how quickly arrogance goes to the brain and he knows that Smythe will easily fall for these things.
I am a little concerned that Otto had a spider-bot record Jameson giving him permission to kill Smythe. I am not sure if he wants that there for when he kills the man or if he wants it to hold it against Jameson in the future. On top of that, I am concerned that Otto is letting his anger get to him a bit and that he will too readily ignore innocence to get revenge on his enemies. Lastly, I am intrigued that The Lizard is now free and will more than likely be an ally to Spider-Man before being a foe.
This run of Spider-Man has been so much fun to read because Otto is unpredictable as the web-head. He breaks protocol, he thinks way too far ahead and he has badness inside of him. I really want to see how this plays out because I think it will be a turning point in Otto's life as Spider-Man. Bravo again Slott and Gage, way to keep me reading.