Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
We last left our hero hanging from the side of the building watching where they’re performing experiments on Carnage and the protestors somehow not happy with the superpowered serial murderer being brought to an abandoned school when he was in a cell made for him back in supervillain prison. We’re almost at the halfway point of the book so I’m guessing the worldbuilding is done and stuff is about to happen. Let’s see it happen.
Shows what I don’t know. There’s no worldbuilding but the set-up to disaster continues.
On the plus side though we see Spider-Man sneaking into the building. It gives us a look into Spidey’s thought process when trying to infiltrate, and how he uses his powers, especially his spider-sense, as well as his web-shooters and his own brain to get in without being spotted. He’s been doing this a long time so one would expect he has this down by now.
Meanwhile Catrall uses his clout at Lifestream to get into the school, since they’re the company about to attempt to take out the symbiote. I understand his thinking. The same radiation can also leave the rage chemical inert so they can’t even retro-create it. On the other hand, this is one experiment he shouldn’t be interfering with, given who this is being used on. At least now we know how Carnage gets his hands on the stuff, because I think we all know that’s going to happen even if we don’t have all the details as to how and what he’ll do with it. However, we know this is going to tie into his escape. I’m going to say it early: way to screw up, Doc! I do wonder how his credentials are still working. I know Lifestream doesn’t want anyone to know they’ve created a “let the enemies kill themselves” juice but they’d at least cancel his card, right? Wouldn’t security at least be told to keep him away or realize he’s not part of this particular experiment and block him? For all we keep being told about the security involved this seems like a huge slip up.
While I want the book to get to the action already at least we get something good out of it. Maybe next chapter the important stuff will begin? Join me next time and find out.