Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #24 Review

Posted by Spiderfan001 13 April 2012

The end of an era!  The final issue of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man!

First Story - If You Can't Beat 'Em!

Spider-Man agrees to assist Blonde Phantom's agency with transporting the Absorbing Man to a research lab so that his abilities can be studied in the hope that they will help create new breakthroughs in medical research.  Spidey is rightly suspicious when he learns that the Absorbing Man volunteered to do this.  His suspicions are confirmed when the Absorbing Man manages to escape.  Spider-Man tries to encourage the Absorbing Man to turn over a new leaf, but the Absorbing Man refuses to listen.  But right as he is about to finish Spider-Man off, the Absorbing Man decides to surrender and asks to be taken to the research lab.  Confused, Spidey asks Blonde Phantom what happened.  She guesses that the Absorbing Man absorbed some of Spider-Man's noble character.

Second Story - The Kingpin

Spider-Man notices that a lot of the thugs he has captured recently are reappearing on the street.  When he questions one of them about this, the thug reveals that a dirty cop named James Rellman is setting crooks free after superheroes capture them, and that he's working for the Kingpin.  When Spider-Man confronts the Kingpin about this, he agrees to give Spidey Rellman's location, as he disproves of Rellman's recent independent criminal activity.  Spider-Man finds Rellman conspiring with his criminal buddies and calls the cops to his location.  With Spidey's help, the police catch Rellman red handed.  Spider-Man then visits the Kingpin, and warns him that the next time they meet, he will have the evidence he needs to take him down.


For its last issue, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man delivered its usual helping of kid friendly Spidey action.  While under normal circumstances this would be just fine, fans of this version of Spider-Man might be disappointed that the last issue didn't really leave them with a sense of closure.  While I haven't been reading this series regularly, I know that Paul Tobin has built a unique supporting cast for Spidey over the years.  Fans aren't given a proper farewell to the likes of Chat, Blonde Phantom, the Torino family and the other unique characters that populate this version of the Marvel Universe.

This issue marks the last we'll see of the Marvel Adventures line for the foreseeable future.  Although I understand why their doing it, there's something cold about Marvel ditching Tobin's version of Spidey for a T.V. tie-in.  I've always liked Tobin's work, so I hope we haven't seen the last of him at Marvel.

So long Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, thanks for giving a legion of young Spider-Man fans a fun first introduction to the character.  Your successor has a lot to live up to!  Speaking of, be sure to check back here for our review of Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (now there's a mouth full)!


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