The idea of a mini-series focusing on all of the other Immortal Weapons introduced in "Iron Fist" at first seemed like an odd one. Sure, the group of characters were all visually interesting, and with some great names and abilities to boot. But a mini-series? Really? Turns out my skeptical nature had gotten the better of me here. After all, it gives different creators a chance to do whatever they want with the ideas. Case in point, Cullen Bunn turning his issue of "Immortal Weapons" into a good old fashioned horror story.
If you removed the first five pages from "Immortal Weapons" #2, that is exactly what you end up with, in fact. Those pages serve to set up the rest of the story, and since most people buying this issue already know who the Bride of Nine Spiders is, I actually appreciated that Bunn isn't pretending otherwise. Had this story randomly shown up in a horror anthology, though, it would have surely begun with the auction as different bidders attempt to bring home the legendary Singing Spider. From there, we get to follow a team hired to retrieve the Singing Spider from the winner of the auction, and it's also there that Bunn turns the story into a haunted house story.
Bunn goes for the scare tactics at that point, and it works. It's a creepy little story, and Nate Piekos helps in that regard by creating an alien script for the actual song that echoes through the house, one that looks both familiar and strange at the same time. The conclusion to the story is classic E.C. Comics and "House of Mystery" fare, even down to the final punch line of the issue. For a character as creepy as Bride of Nine Spiders, it's a smart choice.
I can't remember the last time I've seen a story with art by Dan Brereton that wasn't painted, but it's neat to see his pencils for a change. Just like his painted works, it's full of square, angular faces and an atmospheric look to the entire comic. I don't think Paul Mounts' colors work as well with Brereton's ideas as when Brereton paints, unfortunately; it's a little too glossy and neon in places to work for me. Some pages also look a little rougher than others, although with three inkers that's probably to be expected.
It's a fun little story, and there's even the second part of a back-up story from Duane Swierczynski and Travel Foreman that's running across the entire "Immortal Weapons" mini-series for those who pick up all five issues. Based on this issue, I think I'm going to have to take a look at the other "Immortal Weapons" comics. It was a fun diversion from the same old thing, and that's a pleasant change.