tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-51655475513757036572018-05-28T09:05:28.722+08:00Spider-Man ReviewsSpider-Man Reviews features as many updates on the latest developments in Spider-Man comicsbulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comBlogger884125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-16871430071355790542015-10-16T12:43:00.000+08:002015-10-16T12:43:14.091+08:00Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 5<b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b>Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 5</b><br /> <b><i>I'll Always Be There For You</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b><b><i><br /></i></b><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HkFyUGXlT_Q/ViB_g_8bleI/AAAAAAAACkk/P6_bn4NlL_M/s1600/cover%2B2%2B%2528422x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HkFyUGXlT_Q/ViB_g_8bleI/AAAAAAAACkk/P6_bn4NlL_M/s320/cover%2B2%2B%2528422x640%2529.jpg" width="211" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NPQ6gzhQ4v0/ViB_f7959qI/AAAAAAAACkU/agoBcb1Jud0/s1600/cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NPQ6gzhQ4v0/ViB_f7959qI/AAAAAAAACkU/agoBcb1Jud0/s320/cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div><b><i><br /></i></b>In this final issue, we see Hawkeye and his resistance confronting Regent after successfully teleporting through the hole that Sandman created for them. ( <i>see <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/09/amazing-spider-man-renew-your-vows-4.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 4</a>)</i><br /><i><br /></i>Hawkeye attempts to fire his special arrow designed with Peter's tech from Annie's inhibitor chip. Regent however is able to catch the arrow before it hits him as he now possess spider-sense, which means that Spider-Man is now dead.<br /><br />Over in Peter's subconscious, Peter relives all the happiest moments in his life as Peter and not his life fighting bad guys as Spider-Man.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDGvk4GSJqo/ViB_hWcBaWI/AAAAAAAACk4/btdQtJcnNXA/s1600/dying%2Bmoment%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TDGvk4GSJqo/ViB_hWcBaWI/AAAAAAAACk4/btdQtJcnNXA/s640/dying%2Bmoment%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br />Elsewhere, not realizing that Peter is now as good as dead, MJ and Annie continue to find Peter. They bust the control room but are still unable to locate Peter. MJ then instructs Annie to destroy all the booths containing the dead heroes bodies which are supplying Regent with his powers while she suits up using a miniature suit power channeling suit formerly worn by one of the bad guys.<br /><br />Sensing his powers being destroyed, Regent storms through the wall to face MJ and Annie. Annie's scream for help somehow knocks Peter back to life, causing him to regain his willpower and break through the glass containing him.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FRGWTLUzrpE/ViB_gAw2AYI/AAAAAAAACko/QqvCoY_wn4A/s1600/annie%2Bto%2Bthe%2Brescue%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FRGWTLUzrpE/ViB_gAw2AYI/AAAAAAAACko/QqvCoY_wn4A/s320/annie%2Bto%2Bthe%2Brescue%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a>Peter then football tackles Regent out the window, down the tower and the two begin to fight head to head. In the meantime, MJ continues to destroy Regent's source of power to give Peter a fighting chance.<br /><br />Annie jumps to her father's aid, and with the help of the arrowhead from Hawkeye's special arrow, she is able to relieve Regent of his super powers. Regent is eventually defeated by the Parkers who fight him together as a family. By the end of the battle, Peter renews his vow of being a hero.<br /><br />In the final scene the Parkers are having breakfast, wondering what Regent was talking about when he said that he was empowering himself to defeat the god called Doom. (<i>Secret Wars reference</i>)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>The whole series in general was a pretty enjoyable one. When readers first heard about a series called <i>Renew Your Vows </i>, most thought that it had something to do with the marital vows between Peter and Mary Jane. As it turns out however, Marvel very cleverly provided us with nothing but a tease as the story was really about Peter renewing his vow to be a hero once again.<br /><br />It was neat to see this story come to a happy ending, considering the endless possibilities that could have happened to this non cannon version of Spider-Man.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NDArjeq-c2Q/ViB_gP71UvI/AAAAAAAACks/z0x4UW8w_-0/s1600/breakfast%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NDArjeq-c2Q/ViB_gP71UvI/AAAAAAAACks/z0x4UW8w_-0/s320/breakfast%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a>As mentioned in my previous reviews, it was a little silly that the solution to ending Regent's reign of tyranny lay all along in Peter's inhibitor chip which he had been using for years. Apart from that however, the story was fairly flawless.<br /><br />Having the happy moments of Peter's life flash before his eyes before death instead of his life as Spider-Man fighting bad guys really highlighted the fact that Spider-Man is defined by Peter Parker and his family and friends, and not so much by his spider-powers. Though we all know this already, it was quite nice to see it again in this issue.<br /><br />This will be the last review for Amazing Spider-Man volume 3, as from here on, we will be reviewing, the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, following the events Secret Wars, which regrettably was not reviewed on our site due to time constrictions.<br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-12986961188913973062015-09-24T17:05:00.001+08:002015-09-24T17:05:22.663+08:00Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 4<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Kd-pesVrDPY/VgO7Yzi6sQI/AAAAAAAACjk/A38oGiqfSZY/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B-%2BRenew%2BYour%2BVows%2B004-cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Kd-pesVrDPY/VgO7Yzi6sQI/AAAAAAAACjk/A38oGiqfSZY/s320/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B-%2BRenew%2BYour%2BVows%2B004-cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a><b>Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 4</b><br /><b><br /></b><b><i>Daddy has to go away for a while</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>This issue focuses a little more on Annie and her perspective on the events that have been taking place. It begins with Annie thinking back on her life and how she was never allowed to use her powers, whether it be for a simple thing like getting a ball from under a car or help her classmate who was being bullied. She recalls how her mother always told her that if she used her powers, the bad men would come and take her away. Now, that moment has become reality.<br /><br />Mary Jane and Annie find themselves quickly teleported into a secret base - the SHIELD base. As it turns out, they were extracted for safety. Spider-Man was supposed to come along with them but was instead left behind fighting the Sinister Six.<br /><br />Back at the school, Spider-Man is busy beating the remaining Sinister Six to pulp trying to find out where his family was taken. Sandman eventually reveals himself telling Spidey that he is working with SHIELD and that they have to leave together if he wants to see them. Spider-Man, thinking it is a trick refuses to do as Flint instructs.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3GydVW-_WM/VgO7dHFKPbI/AAAAAAAACkI/cQc7wsgis8Y/s1600/sandman%2B%2528724x800%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3GydVW-_WM/VgO7dHFKPbI/AAAAAAAACkI/cQc7wsgis8Y/s640/sandman%2B%2528724x800%2529.jpg" width="578" /></a></div><br /><br />&nbsp;Before Flint can convince his former enemy, Regent arrives at the scene, paralyzing both Spider-Man and Sandman.<br /><br />Over at SHIELD's hideout, MJ learns that they were teleported so quickly with the help of the SPOT, Spider-Man's old enemy who was attacked by Regent. The result was that the Spot now loses a part of himself every time he teleports. MJ also learns that the new head of SHIELD in the eye-patch is actually Hawkeye who lost his eye in battle against Regent!<br /><br />There are several familiar face at SHIELD including, Prowler, Mocking Bird, Jarvis and Ben Urich. MJ mentions the inhibitor chips that Peter rigged to keep them safe all the years in mid conversation. Upon hearing thing, Hawkeye insists to see the chips, realizing that it could hold the secret to defeating Regent.<br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8RcDnpRni08/VgO7an-T2kI/AAAAAAAACj4/fqMLUImefSk/s1600/d-man%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8RcDnpRni08/VgO7an-T2kI/AAAAAAAACj4/fqMLUImefSk/s320/d-man%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a><br />Spider-Man later awakens, still in captive, at Regent's base. There he observes D-Man, the B-class <br />hero whom he allowed to be attacked a few issues earlier. D-Man was being dissected and experimented on to help the researchers allow Regent to maintain 100% of the powers he absorbs.<br /><br />Regent then uses his telepathic abilities to creep into Sandman's mind to try to determine the location of SHIELD's hideout. At the hideout, Spot gets to work on trying to replicate the inhibitor chips. Hawkeye plans to use the chip on Regent to inhibit his powers, giving them a chance to stop him. The only thing they need is a sample of his DNA. Unfortunately, soon after they begin devising the plan, the Sinister Six start raiding the hideout.<br /><br />While in captivity, Regent explains to Spider-Man that he is actually a good man and that the reason he is trying to obtain God Like powers is so he can fight god- namely DOOM! Somehow, Regent was aware of the real situation and that Dr Doom really rules the world. To Peter however, this all obviously sounds like rubbish.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h6QvSAERn4A/VgO7bpLsgSI/AAAAAAAACkA/jsiEjOK5Se4/s1600/doom%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h6QvSAERn4A/VgO7bpLsgSI/AAAAAAAACkA/jsiEjOK5Se4/s640/doom%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br />With Regent focusing so much on absorbing Spider-Man's powers, Sandman was able to harness one of Spot's black holes which was in him, creating a black hole at SHIELD's base for them to attack Regent at his own base.<br /><br />Over at SHIELD, the good guys, with the help of Annie and her powers, were able to stop the Sinister Six. The team, including MJ and Annie then go through the Black Hole towards Regent's stronghold.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>Here we can see that the story is finally coming to a predictable close. Once again, as with most five-part miniseries, the ending ends up being a little rushed thanks to some ridiculous amount of luck. In this case, that luck involves the fact that Peter's inhibitor chip held the key to defeat Regent all along.<br /><br />It was pretty good to see Annie suited up and in action finally. In my opinion though, it was a little ridiculous that she was able to take out so many members of the Sinister Six with such ease, especially since she has absolutely no experience in any form of crime fighting.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B7WavjM_m3I/VgO7a33UDoI/AAAAAAAACj8/D2lyhQbZy0Q/s1600/annie%2Bfighting%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B7WavjM_m3I/VgO7a33UDoI/AAAAAAAACj8/D2lyhQbZy0Q/s640/annie%2Bfighting%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br />I did like that they tied this mini series in briefly to what was actually happening in Secret Wars by mentioning Doom. Over all, still a decent book.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-53947542136016286742015-09-24T13:33:00.000+08:002015-09-24T13:45:17.768+08:00Amazing Spider-Man: Renew your Vows # 3<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Sukm6ARxu8U/VgOKXIaqFGI/AAAAAAAACik/ZXkowe2sYUs/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B-%2BRenew%2BYour%2BVows%2B003-cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Sukm6ARxu8U/VgOKXIaqFGI/AAAAAAAACik/ZXkowe2sYUs/s320/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B-%2BRenew%2BYour%2BVows%2B003-cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div><b>Amazing Spider-Man: Renew your Vows # 3</b><br /><b><br /></b><b><i>Calling a Family Meeting</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>This issue begins with Regent, asking his doctors if he would be able to maintain Spider-Man's powers if he absorbs them like he did for the rest. As it turns out, the powers Regent absorbs from the heroes fade over time. Regent does not want his Spider-Powers to fade like the others should he absorb them as he needs it for the <i>great task </i>&nbsp;at hand.<br /><br />Elsewhere, Spider-Man, in his black costume makes a visit to the Tinkerer to ask for some inhibitor chips. The Tinkerer explains that they are banned tech and that they don't even work. Spider-Man assures him however that it would not be an issue. Unfortunately for Spidey, the Tinkerer was already approached by Regent earlier. He soon sounds the silent alarm, causing the Sinister Six to be alerted. In the shadows elsewhere, Sandman, watches as his former friends, the Sinister Six make their way to Spider-Man's direction. He calls SHIELD to inform them of his observations.<br /><br />The Director of shield, shown in the shadows as a figure with an eye patch, instructs Flint to follow the Sinister Six but remain unseen. Over at the SHIELD headquarters a discussion is being made on whether or not Spider-Man is worth saving since he abandoned them in their final battle against Regent all those years ago.<br /><br />Over at the Tinkerer's place, Doc Ock tries to take on Spider-Man before his team members arrives. Having no time for games, Spider-Man quickly defeats Doc Ock, almost leaving nothing of him left.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kHCCbknvdUg/VgOKX8WrGlI/AAAAAAAACi8/u9w5hodWL0Y/s1600/doc%2Bock%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kHCCbknvdUg/VgOKX8WrGlI/AAAAAAAACi8/u9w5hodWL0Y/s640/doc%2Bock%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;By the time the rest of the Sinister Six arrive, Spider-Man is long gone, and Doc Ock is in a horrible mess. While most of the team wonders about Spider-Man's news approach and his motives for the non functional inhibitor chips, Kraven immediately understands the situation, knowing that Spider-Man's behavior is due to the fact that he is protecting his "cub," whom he deduces attends the school that Spider-Man had last appeared at.<br /><br />Back at the Parker home, Annie watches as Jameson slams Spider-Man on TV for ruining everything that the Regent has built. Annie asks her mom about what her Father was like before. MJ explains to her daughter about Peter's Uncle Ben and how he learnt about responsibility.<br /><br />Peter later returns home with the inhibitor chips and proceeds to fix them with a sample of Annie's DNA ( strand of hair). MJ explains to Peter how the inhibitor chip will not be a permanent solution and that Regent will continue looking for them now that Spider-Man is back. Just then, a recording is played on TV instructing all parents of children attending Annie's school to appear for a screening. Peter gets to work on the inhibitor chip and assures MJ not to worry.<br /><br />The next morning, Peter, MJ and Annie all arrive early at the former Avengers Mansion for the screening. As expected, the family make it through the scanning undetected. When a young boy however is caught with some powers, the alarms go off. The father of the boy is apprehended thinking he must be Spider-Man. Immediately the Sinister Six, or five now without Ock, begin pouring in. Peter's first instinct is to remain hidden to protect his family. Annie however convinces her father to be the hero he once was. Peter obliges, wanting his daughter to live in a world of heroes. He warns his family that from this moment on, it will be them against the world. Annie however has faith in her father and has no fear.<br /><br />Peter changes to Spider-Man and makes his first appearance by webbing Hobgoblin's bomb to his hand just as he was about to throw it into the crowd, sending a hand-less Hobgoblin flying into the building.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PD1Q4v0Mefc/VgOKXFOtbDI/AAAAAAAACi0/38iVsWerj2g/s1600/hobgoblin%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PD1Q4v0Mefc/VgOKXFOtbDI/AAAAAAAACi0/38iVsWerj2g/s640/hobgoblin%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br />Mysterio immediately searches the camera footage for the family without a father at the same time of Spider-Man's appearance to locate Spider-Man's wife and child. The crowd below wonder why Spider-Man s fighting Regent's men as many of them truly believe that Regent is a hero. While Spidey fights the remaining Sinister Six, he witnesses his wife and child being kidnapped by two people in uniform.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b><b><br /></b>The final scene of this issue truly leaves the reader wanting to know what happens in the next issue. The story is well written portraying Spider-Man, no longer as friendly neighborhood hero, but rather a no-nonsense hero who is serious about getting to business as quickly as possible, looking out for his family as his most important responsibility first.<br /><br />Annie's innocence and admiration for her father is exactly what Peter needs to push him back into the superhero business. Not knowing well enough about the danger she faces, Annie wants to do whatever she can to help her father with her powers. With MJ and Annie kidnapped however, Spider-Man will probably go from being the unfriendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the Ruthless Spider-Man.<br /><br />The fact that this story takes place in an alternate timeline makes the possibilities endless. There is no need to keep Spider-Man as a good hero by the end of the story. If anything were to happen to his family, the writers would not think twice to put Spider-Man in a deep depression, sending him off the deep end.<br /><br />With this in mind, us readers are left even more curious, wondering what would happen next. There are also a number of unanswered questions from this issue which will probably be revisited in the issues ahead such as the identity of the new leader of SHIELD, and what&nbsp;<i>great task</i>&nbsp;Regent was referring to when he was asking about his retention of Spider-Man's powers when he absorbs them<br /><br />Regardless, there are a number of things that make this book extra enjoyable. Firstly, it is always great to see that Spider-Man can, and could have kicked everyone's ass whenever he wanted if he didn't hold back.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h5yk2JWJlFk/VgOKYwMUbjI/AAAAAAAACjA/CVdgPmyQ_kY/s1600/hobgoblin%2B2%2B%2528520x800%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h5yk2JWJlFk/VgOKYwMUbjI/AAAAAAAACjA/CVdgPmyQ_kY/s640/hobgoblin%2B2%2B%2528520x800%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br />Second, the dynamics between Peter and his innocent daughter is great to see and read and this is something we never got to see in the canon story line.<br /><br />Finally, Peter, happily married to Mary Jane, despite the circumstances is always going to be a good read. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-1167755375694268332015-09-24T11:48:00.004+08:002015-09-24T11:48:50.637+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 20.1<b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 20.1<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><b>Spiral: Part: 5</b></b><div><b><br /></b></div><div>This is the final story in the five part series involving Captain Watanabe's Spiral down from hero to anti-hero.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mTkv4RoYg5s/VgNxEHglR4I/AAAAAAAACiE/_MpkMQCMj4I/s1600/The%2BAmazing%2BSpider-Man%2B020%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mTkv4RoYg5s/VgNxEHglR4I/AAAAAAAACiE/_MpkMQCMj4I/s320/The%2BAmazing%2BSpider-Man%2B020%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>The issue begins with Spider-Man and the police busy trying to stop crime all day in the Third Precinct. Spidey has a hard time understanding why so much crime is taking place all in one day in the same place. Felicia eventually fills him in while fighting him. She compares the criminal underworld to a Jenga Puzzle. Spider-Man and Wraith's activities over the last few days removed too many pieces from the Jenga Puzzle all at once, thus causing it to crash down all at once.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Oy6byjBVDK4/VgNxHG4miPI/AAAAAAAACiY/bRJ-6Oo-e9s/s1600/black%2Bcat%2B%25281280x984%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="489" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Oy6byjBVDK4/VgNxHG4miPI/AAAAAAAACiY/bRJ-6Oo-e9s/s640/black%2Bcat%2B%25281280x984%2529.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Spider-Man, as usual does not fight back when attacked by the Black Cat and instead lets her go as he has to focus his attention on Mr Negative.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RFyMe7ojSX8/VgNxGbbFypI/AAAAAAAACiQ/hzF3pbf5te4/s1600/wraith%2Bkills%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RFyMe7ojSX8/VgNxGbbFypI/AAAAAAAACiQ/hzF3pbf5te4/s320/wraith%2Bkills%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div><div>Over at Mr Negative's hideout, a meeting is taking place with his inner demons. Wraith crashes the party, surprising Negative when she informs him that she had killed Donald, one of his inner demons. She then continues to state that she is here to kill Negative as well. Upon hearing this, Mr Negative runs for his life, instructing his demons to stop her.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Just then, Spider-Man drops in, helps fight the bad guys and confronts Wraith once and for all. Wraith finally gets around to convincing Spider-Man that she is past saving and that he is wasting his time. She tells him that Yuri Watanabe is dead and all that is left is Wraith. Spider-Man finally lets himself believe that his friend is truly lost and carries on to stop Wraith from killing Negative.&nbsp;</div><div>Spidey swings in to pull Wraith out of the crowd, not to save her, but to save the innocent civilians whom Wraith would probably beat without thinking twice. He then knocks Wraith out with a single punch and webs her up for later.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Shortly later, Spidey catches up to Mr Negative and again knocks with out with a single punch. Though outwardly, it seems like the day was a success having stopped the bad guys, Spider-Man feels that he has failed his friend Yuri. He concludes that everything in this world turns, round and round, in a spiral, either going up, down, or round and round.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Thoughts</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>I have to admit that somehow at the back of my mind I figured that Yuri Watanabe would eventually come out at the end of this story to be the hero that she once was. Unfortunately, the story had a slightly darker ending to what I had expected. Nevertheless, changing her into an Anti Hero was not the worst thing to happen. Her personality, costume, and name perfectly suits the description of an anti hero anyway.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I thought that both Wraith and Mr Negative being knocked out by a single punch was a little much. We get that Spider-Man is much stronger and usually just holds back, but for him to catch and stop both Wraith and Mr Negative so quickly was a little unrealistic considering the build up for this story.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Overall, this whole mini series was good for fans of the Wraith. As a Spider-Man Fan, and certainly not one of Mr Negative, this story was a little dry with quite a sad and strangely realistic ending about life for a comic book. If it was not for the occasional appearance of the Black Cat in this five part mini series, I would say that there was nothing really compelling me to buy this five part mini series.</div><div><br /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-41412628351136401242015-07-16T11:52:00.000+08:002015-07-16T11:54:08.942+08:00Secret Wars: Spider-Island # 1<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7wbyX53EPnI/VaciS-9qyNI/AAAAAAAAChA/IE52gODBCko/s1600/Spider-Island%2B%25282015%2529%2B001-cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7wbyX53EPnI/VaciS-9qyNI/AAAAAAAAChA/IE52gODBCko/s320/Spider-Island%2B%25282015%2529%2B001-cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div>This issue features two stories, the first being Spider-Island, and the second about Spider-Girl, now going by the name Spider-Woman after the events of <i><a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/search/label/Spider-Verse?&amp;max-results=5" target="_blank">Spider-Verse</a>.&nbsp;</i><br /><br />Much like the "<a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/search/label/Renew%20Your%20Vows?&amp;max-results=5" target="_blank">Renew Your Vows</a>" storyline, the first story takes place on Battleworld, a place where fragments of different worlds exist.<br /><br />In this world however, the Spider-Island story line did not end the same way as that of the 616 universe.<br /><br /><b>The Story</b><br /><br /><b><i>Part One: Altered States</i></b><br /><br />In this world, the Spider-Queen took over Manhattan and Spider-Man and the other heroes were unable to stop her. Spider-Man died in battle, while almost everyone else transformed into spiders, including the superheroes.<br /><br />We learn that the virus mutated so that it was able to affect super humans. As such, heroes like Captain America, The Hulk, Ms Marvel and etc all bent to the will of the Spider-Queen.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c8homRBKfj4/VaciS47gqUI/AAAAAAAAChE/iXfFBSligpg/s1600/Jack%2BRussel%2B%2528520x800%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c8homRBKfj4/VaciS47gqUI/AAAAAAAAChE/iXfFBSligpg/s320/Jack%2BRussel%2B%2528520x800%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div>The remaining rebels include Agent Venom, Spider-Woman, The Vision, and Jack Russel - man by day, werewolf by night. In this situation however, Jack Russel becomes a Spider by day, and Werewolf by night. During the night, he is able to take control of his mind and is, as such, acting as a spy for Agent Venom to try to learn what the Spider-Queen is planning.<br /><br />The issue starts with Venom and Vision on a mission to get supplies for the remaining human civilians. By nightfall, Jack Russel turns to his werewolf state and helps Venom fight &nbsp;the spiders while Vision escapes. After the battle, before the two part ways, Jack Russel informs Venom of a vague memory he recalls from his spider state about a cure being held at Horizon Labs.<br /><br />Back at the hideout, Agent Venom informs Spider-Woman and Vision of what Jack Russel told him. He also fills Spider-Woman on his last resort plan which he had been secretly working on for a while now. Despite having suspicions that the "cure" might be a trap, the heroes decide that they no longer have anything to lose and should try to get the cure if it does exist.<br /><br />Later than night, the three heroes and a handful of military men head to Horizon Labs to try to extract the cure. At Horizon Labs, Agent Venom makes a quick detour to get a vile of something. As it turns out, Jack Russel was working as a double agent and the "cure" was indeed bait to trap them. The three are soon faced against Spider-Hulk, Captain Spider-America and Ms Spider Marvel.<br /><br />Fortunately, Agent Venom had planned for such a situation. Both he and Vision quickly place and inject the Godstone and Dr Michael Morbius blood into both Cap America and Ms Marvel respectively, while Spider-Woman used her pheromones on the Hulk to calm him down. Vision then feeds the Hulk Dr Connors Lizard Serum, in hope to rewrite the DNA of all three former heroes and possibly release them from the Spider-Queen's mind control.<br /><br />After having their DNA compromised by the special objects, Capt America, Ms Marvel, and the Hulk turn into a Werewolf, Vampire, and giant Lizard respectively.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ioQfX3jqN9s/VaciTDqHvQI/AAAAAAAAChQ/D-jDLqsk2H8/s1600/trap%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ioQfX3jqN9s/VaciTDqHvQI/AAAAAAAAChQ/D-jDLqsk2H8/s640/trap%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br />The story ends on a cliffhanger as Agent Venom and his team wonder if their plan to release their friends from the Spider-Queen's control worked or if they simply made their enemies even stronger than they already were.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>Personally, I think its pretty obvious that Venom's plan is going to work. The logic is not flawed. All three of the former heroes will certainly break free of the Spider-Queen's control. Whether or not they will be able to control themselves or become mindless beasts is another question.<br /><br />Ms Marvel and Cap will probably very soon begin craving for blood, while the Hulk will probably follow his Lizard instinct to become the dominant species and destroy all the spiders.<br /><br />The thing about alternate universe's is that the writer realizes the readers are not quite as attached to the characters as in the cannon stories. As such, he is free to make drastic changes and kill important characters ( like Spider-Man in a series called Spider-Island).<br /><br />Capt A, Ms Marvel and Hulk are most likely going to live in their new forms permanently as there is really no cure for their transformation that we know of. If anything like this was to happen in the cannon Marvel universe, fans would go crazy, not to mention the drop in sales. These alternate universes provide a platform to experiment and try something new with major characters without having the side effects.<br /><br />As such, being a reader myself, I don't really share too much connection to these characters thus reducing the anticipation to know what will take place in this alternate world.<br /><br />The star of this story is Agent Venom more than anyone else. If you're an Agent Venom fan, then this would probably be a good book to get. For Spider-Man fans, it wouldn't hurt to save some bucks and skip it.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ghEIkJuVeGs/VacplyiehtI/AAAAAAAAChc/hSSun3EEBBY/s1600/cover%2B%2528422x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ghEIkJuVeGs/VacplyiehtI/AAAAAAAAChc/hSSun3EEBBY/s320/cover%2B%2528422x640%2529.jpg" width="211" /></a></div><b>Story 2</b><br /><b>Mayday Parker: Spider-Woman in <i>Shattered</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>The issue begins with Mayday, now as Spider-Woman, using her father's old costume design, fighting crime. No one seems to notice the change however and everyone still refers to her as Spider-Girl.<br /><br />She wonders if she did the right thing in allowing Daemos to live as part of her still wishes she had killed him, against all that her father would have wanted her to do. ( Her father, Peter Parker was killed in the events of Spider-Verse)<br /><br />Spider-Woman confides with Cassie, also known as the Stinger about her troubles. Over at the Avenger's Mansion, Henry Pym Jr, aka Big Man comes storming in to warn Scott Lang that Cassie, his daughter is in serious trouble.<br /><br />Jumping back to Spider-Woman and Stinger, the two are sitting on a roof chatting when they are attacked by the "Dream Team," led by a woman in a Captain America Costume going by the name American Dream.<br /><br />In a separate scene, that I'm not sure why is in this comic, we randomly see Mary Jane, with Uncle Ben and Baby Ben, running a shop selling Spider-Man merchandise. Uncle Ben makes a passing comment about telling May they can share the burden since he too has spider-powers.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--N7WoOQXFXo/Vacpl87pWZI/AAAAAAAAChs/xG73BJLLDjs/s1600/ben%2Bparker%2B%2528640x339%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="211" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--N7WoOQXFXo/Vacpl87pWZI/AAAAAAAAChs/xG73BJLLDjs/s400/ben%2Bparker%2B%2528640x339%2529.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Finally, returning to Spider-Woman for the third time, we see her holding her own against her attackers who claim that she is an imposter who killed Spider-Man. Things are all going okay until Stinger is suddenly compromised and begins attacking Spider-Woman as well, calling her an imposter too!<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><br />This issue is definitely a must read for Spider-Girl fans. I'm not sure why it did not just appear in a separate issue as this has absolutely nothing to do with Spider-Island. As we all know, her series has been discontinued for a while now, and the last we saw of her was in Spider-Verse. Here we have a new original story, by the original team keeping us updated of the latest developments with Spider-Girl, after she has adopted the name Spider-Woman.<br /><br />As for the story, I can't say I was too impressed. Up to this point, the whole thing seems a little messy and confusing. It should clear up a little by the next issue though. Not being a huge fan of the MC2 universe also doesn't help. If there is one gripe I have with this universe, it is that every other character is someone's daughter, or son from the 616 universe.<br /><br />Regardless, for fans of the MC2 universe, this is highly recommended!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tF00athH7Bc/VacpmZ8a-BI/AAAAAAAAChw/m3wSSNUZ50s/s1600/Spider-woman%2Band%2Bcassie%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tF00athH7Bc/VacpmZ8a-BI/AAAAAAAAChw/m3wSSNUZ50s/s640/Spider-woman%2Band%2Bcassie%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-47751896451906753512015-07-14T11:58:00.002+08:002015-07-15T15:25:50.944+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 19.1<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VRgs-aO1u08/VaSIYj0YHFI/AAAAAAAACgU/fGyLtMOsTaI/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B%25282014-%252919%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VRgs-aO1u08/VaSIYj0YHFI/AAAAAAAACgU/fGyLtMOsTaI/s320/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B%25282014-%252919%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a><b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 19.1</b><br /><br /><b>&nbsp;<b>Spiral: Part 4</b></b><br /><br /><b><br /></b>This issue begins with flashbacks from Spider-Man's and Wraith's life. While we all know Spider-Man's story, here we find out that Captain Watanabe was born into a family of cops. Her father unfortunately, went corrupt and accepted a bribe during his career.<br /><br />The scene then reverts to where we last left off in <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/06/amazing-spider-man-v3-181.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 18.1</a>, where Spider-Man rushes to Wraith after hearing a gunshot and finding her with a gun in her hand. Wraith explains that she did not fire the shot and that one of Mr Negative's inner demons did so to tarnish the scene and set her up. The guards soon arrive and Wraith throws her fear gas bombs at them, escaping with Spider-Man.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wJ5wSvxmSE0/VaSIY13eOnI/AAAAAAAACgc/S3UPpIFoAjo/s1600/negative%2Band%2Bringmaster%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wJ5wSvxmSE0/VaSIY13eOnI/AAAAAAAACgc/S3UPpIFoAjo/s320/negative%2Band%2Bringmaster%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a>Over at Chinatown, Mr Negative has arranged a meeting with the Ringmaster, a criminal with mind controlling abilities stemming from eye contact. He also has a bunch of goons who follow him called the &nbsp;Circus of Crime. Mr Negative proposes an alliance as they are the remaining two crime lords. His offer is rejected by the Ring Master however, knowing fully well that Negative has alternate motives to rule the criminal empire himself.<br /><br />As soon as the Ring Master leaves, Wraith drops in the room attempting to get back at Mr Negative for setting her up. She is taken aback however when she learns that Mr Negative knows her secret identity as Captain Watanabe. Mid conversation, Mr Negative takes a low blow at Captain Watanabe, insulting her corrupt family history. Wraith attempts to attack but is held back by the <i>Inner demons</i>. Negative then explains to her that he means her no harm and only wants her to continue fighting crime as she has always been doing.<br /><br />The next morning, Spider-Man is swinging around, looking for Wantanabe as he had been doing half the night before. He eventually finds her at her office, being fired from her job following Judge Howell's death in prison.<br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x7gHFS0WNEc/VaSIY2XDFnI/AAAAAAAACgY/TdtYBqji7-E/s1600/spider-man%2Bat%2Bhis%2Bbest%2B%2528640x495%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="247" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x7gHFS0WNEc/VaSIY2XDFnI/AAAAAAAACgY/TdtYBqji7-E/s320/spider-man%2Bat%2Bhis%2Bbest%2B%2528640x495%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a><br />Later that night, Wraith and Spidey follow Negative's tip to where the Ringmaster would be that night.<br /><br />To cut it short, Spider-Man takes out all the bad guys by himself as Wraith left the scene after spotting one of Negative's inner demons at the scene.<br /><br />Wanting vengeance for how Mr Negative played her out, he decides to take her battle straight to Mr Negative.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>Wraith going after Mr Negative is certainly not one of her smarter moves. We just saw a few panels ago that she was unable to hold her own against just a handful of Negative's inner demons. Seeing that her alter ego's life is now doomed however might be giving her extra motivation, or a lack of concern about what happens to her after she battles Mr Negative.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_L_WVl7VTtQ/VaSIaEp6cnI/AAAAAAAACgw/gcuQPnGzqIU/s1600/wraith%2Bheld%2Bby%2Btwo%2Binner%2Bdemons%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_L_WVl7VTtQ/VaSIaEp6cnI/AAAAAAAACgw/gcuQPnGzqIU/s640/wraith%2Bheld%2Bby%2Btwo%2Binner%2Bdemons%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br />Spider-Man, as he has been in the last few issues, is just a side character who adds color to the issue. He is primarily concerned about Wraith's well being, both physically and mentally. Being the good american hero in red and blue, he tries to act as a guide for Wraith, hoping she will recover from her all time low.<br /><br />The true genius in this whole story is really Mr Negative however, how has single handedly inherited the criminal empire without lifting a finger. Posing as the good informant, he managed to get Wraith's help to take out every one of his competitors, while holding an ace up his sleeve - the knowledge that Captain Watanabe is Wraith.<br /><br />That <i>Ace</i> however is now not as useful as it used to be as Watanabe just got fired from her job, the one thing she had dedicated her life to.<br /><br />The final scene shows Wraith off to get 'justice' for what Negative did to her. Ultimately, what we want to find out at the end of this story is if she will kill Mr Negative and completely lose grasp of who she once was, or if she will do the right thing and simply arrest him.<br /><br />In a sense, what is happening to Wraith is quite similar to what happened to the Black Cat. Is there possibility that the two will join forces by the end of this story?<br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-35201307045244331542015-07-13T22:47:00.000+08:002015-07-16T11:13:23.586+08:00Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 2<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qW1HLO_qRdI/VaPOIFRhiOI/AAAAAAAACfk/j2lq1FDS2Xo/s1600/cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qW1HLO_qRdI/VaPOIFRhiOI/AAAAAAAACfk/j2lq1FDS2Xo/s320/cover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a><b>Secret Wars: Amazing Spider-Man</b><br /><b>&nbsp;Renew Your Vows # 2</b><br /><b><br /></b><b><i>"Because we said so, That's why"</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>While issue number 1 seemed like a good way to end the story of this alternate earth Spider-Man, it appears that his story and the consequences of his actions are not over yet.<br /><br />Years after hving killed Venom in the last issue to prevent harm from ever coming to his family, Peter still finds it hard to sleep at night, feeling guilty about what he had done.<br /><br />His daughter Annie too finds it difficult to sleep, still having nightmares of Venom taunting her at night. As it turns out, Annie, like her father, too has spider powers and can stick to walls. Both Peter and Annie have "inhibitors," specially designed to prevent Regent's scanners from detecting them.<br /><br />As usual, the Parker family is having monetary problems. MJ is still trying to make it as an actress while Peter is still taking photos for the Bugle, except without the special appearances of Spider-Man. Hiding from Regent and his men also means that he can't climb up walls to take better photos like he used to.<br /><br />Over at school, MJ reminds Annie once again not to stand out or to use her powers, even if it seems like the right thing to do at the time.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Peter is busy trying to get some photos that might sell. He comes across D-Man, a former hero, fighting Rhino, Shocker and Boomerang. Not too far away however, Luke Cage and Mockingbird are watching from afar, wondering if they should help. Mockingbird check's in with SHIELD, now headed by an unknown character. The two are instructed to stand down as a hero who is dumb enough to show himself in public is not worth their exposure.<br /><br />The defeated D-Man is taken to Regent, who is unimpressed with the worthless catch. He orders for D-Man to be inspected and dissected for research purposes. Shocker, having proven himself, is promoted to the Elite force of his team. At that moment, a report comes in from one of the scanners that a little girl with super powers has been detected at the same school that Annie goes to.<br /><br />When Peter hears about the news at the Bugle, he rushes to Annie's school, exposing himself as Spider-Man with his fancy maneuvers. &nbsp;Though he instructs MJ to stay behind, MJ too rushes to aid her daughter.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ta4ro1kKPBU/VaPOKLNHusI/AAAAAAAACgI/VpfXPGTe_RY/s1600/spider-man%2Bback%2B%25281024x787%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="490" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ta4ro1kKPBU/VaPOKLNHusI/AAAAAAAACgI/VpfXPGTe_RY/s640/spider-man%2Bback%2B%25281024x787%2529.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Over at school, Annie watches as several of her friends, whom she just found out had powers fight for their lives against Regent's men. Annie contemplates helping them, but not before her father shows up and breaks the party for the bad guys. Peter, in his hoodie, tells the kids to run while he takes care of the bad guys. Unlike before, Peter does not banter or make any jokes while fighting. The fight ends quickly and the bad guys are sent back to Regent empty handed.<br /><br />Upon hearing that Spider-Man is still alive somewhere, Regent assembles his Elite Squad - the Sinister Six, comprising of Kraven the Hunter, Vulture, Dr Octopus, Mysterio, Shocker, and the Hobgoblin.<br /><br />Meanwhile, back at the Parker Residence, Peter prepares his family to leave town and run. MJ however has other plans as she knows that they can not run from Regent. She unpacks an old Venom inspired black Spider-Man costume, though it terrified her once before, for Peter to use and hide in the shadows as Spider-Man.<br /><br />When Annie sees the costume, she freaks, recognizing it as the "Shadow" that comes to her in her nightmares. Peter promises his daughter that it isn't real and that Venom will never come to haunt her again as he got rid of it long ago.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>This issue was pretty good providing a means for a possibly very interesting story. Contrary to what the cover implies, Venom is not actually physically present in this issue. Instead, the story focuses more on Peter and his super powered daughter, trying to live in a world where supers are being hunted. ( Really sounds like the <i>Incredibles)</i><br /><i><br /></i>Mary Jane too plays an equally important role as the powerless, yet powerful mother who overcomes all her fears for the safety of her daughter, including her once childish fear of the Venom costume which Annie now understandably shares.<br /><br />I particularly enjoyed her short conversation with Annie just as she dropped her off at school, reminding her daughter that her powers do no make her special and that she is special either way, to which Annie goes on to assume that it is because of her red hair which he got from her mother.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ruhEqk51K8/VaPOH1vEpnI/AAAAAAAACf8/3jPkhSTjI0g/s1600/red%2Bheads%2B%2528640x383%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="191" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ruhEqk51K8/VaPOH1vEpnI/AAAAAAAACf8/3jPkhSTjI0g/s320/red%2Bheads%2B%2528640x383%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Unfortunately, the Parker Luck, though used slightly out of the usual context in this story, follows Peter even to his married life as his family is still not financially stable, even years later. I enjoyed seeing the positivity from Annie, as a child who believed the Parker Luck to be a good thing.<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cCGpjQ96Pqo/VaPOID85l0I/AAAAAAAACf0/iecNbxVKlEU/s1600/parker%2Bluck%2B%2528640x524%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="262" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cCGpjQ96Pqo/VaPOID85l0I/AAAAAAAACf0/iecNbxVKlEU/s320/parker%2Bluck%2B%2528640x524%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />In a world that seems hopeless for Peter and his family, there is yet a sliver of hope as Luke Cage and a few others working for SHIELD are still out there working up a plan of rebellion.<br /><br />When this series first came out, I had hoped that it would continue on after Secret Wars. After reading issue two however, though it is a great story, I'm not too sure I would like to be reading about a Spider-Man who is constantly in hiding from an overpowered villain. It would also not be the same without most of the other big Marvel heroes that add support to the stories.<br /><br />With that being said, I do hope that the series is not rushed too quickly with the few heroes easily defeating Regent after he just defeated all the heroes in one issue. That would simply be a terrible story!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-68472597587026091212015-07-09T03:49:00.001+08:002015-07-10T20:40:49.957+08:00The Amazing Spider-Man #2<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7l6aWrce9-s/VZ17lPDQLFI/AAAAAAAAAE4/wt-VTtA2BMs/s1600/ASM%2B2%2BCover%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7l6aWrce9-s/VZ17lPDQLFI/AAAAAAAAAE4/wt-VTtA2BMs/s400/ASM%2B2%2BCover%2Bcopy.jpg" width="260" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><i>THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2&nbsp;</i>(May 1963)&nbsp;</b><br /><b>'</b><span class="moreinfo"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Duel to the Death with the Vulture!</b></span><b>' and&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><br /><b>'</b><span class="moreinfo"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!</b></span><b>'&nbsp;</b><br /><b>Written and Edited by Stan Lee&nbsp;</b><br /><b>Pencils and Inks by Steve Ditko&nbsp;</b><br /><b>Cover Art by Steve Ditko</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b>Introduction:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">So with his first proper villain nabbed and bagged and the Marvel Universe (in its infantile state here) growing aware, Spider-Man is all set for his next foe and really, his first truly powerful one. Now remember this is still a two for the price of one book at this point so we’re also in for the ‘treat’ of that early Stan Lee trope of putting his heroes against…aliens. Maybe we should just get to it?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b>Plot:</b></u>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"></span><b>&nbsp;</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">'</span><span class="moreinfo">Duel to the Death with the Vulture!’</span></b>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">A shadow stalks the skies of New York City as we’re informed that the citizens of the city are in constant fear of attack from the Vulture! An elderly man, dressed like a bright green bird of prey, he has somehow developed the capacity to fly and he’s using his power to steal jewels, bags of cash and generally wreaking a reign of terror. Naturally the public wants to know more about him and media mogul J. Jonah Jameson is hot on the case. But no one can get close enough to photograph the fiend. This is where we shift our narrative to the still broke Peter Parker who figures that with his powers he probably&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">could&nbsp;</i>get close enough to snap photos worth big bucks. So Peter goes to snap some photos dressed as Spider-Man.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Unaware, the Vulture is in the midst of a plot of his own, delivering a threat concerning a shipment of highly guarded diamonds, saying he’ll be stealing them from under the NYPD’s noses. Realising he’s being watched, the Vulture doubles back and displays great cunning and surprising speed, circling around to take down the inexperienced youth. He even traps him in a water tower hoping to suffocate him. Naturally Spidey frees himself, using his brains alongside his brawn, but it’s too late, the old man has escaped. Retreating home, Peter is in a surprisingly upbeat mood – he thinks he’s figured out just what it is that gives the Vulture his power of flight and fiddles with a small gizmo. He also managed to get a few good photos of his nemesis, and so takes them to Jonah. The tobacco loving editor is delighted so much so that he even allows Peter to be printed anonymously and won’t ask how he got the photos.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jOlg3LgJTro/VZ17l16RwNI/AAAAAAAAAFM/pWUnAF8GuiM/s1600/You%2527ll%2BKill%2BUs%2B-%2BASM%2B2%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jOlg3LgJTro/VZ17l16RwNI/AAAAAAAAAFM/pWUnAF8GuiM/s400/You%2527ll%2BKill%2BUs%2B-%2BASM%2B2%2Bcopy.jpg" width="270" /></a>Meanwhile the Vulture puts his plan into action, leaping out of a sewer to nab the diamonds and retreat from whence he came. After resurfacing, the Vulture has the most unfortuitous luck: yet again bumping into Spider-Man who is scouring the area for his foe. Thinking he’s got the youngster dead-to-rites, the Vulture attempts the same trick as before, circling round to take Spidey from behind. This time though, Spider-Man’s ready and the Vulture’s over confidence costs him. Getting a grip of the big nosed bad guy’s foot, Spidey activates a gizmo, the same one he’d been working on earlier, and the Vulture begins to plummet.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Vulture spirals down into the arms of the law while Peter captures a few more photos and reveals that the gizmo disrupted the magnetic power the Vulture used to keep himself in the air. Jonah again pays the big bucks and Peter is able to pay Aunt May’s bills while the Vulture vows revenge in what is our first true happy ending.<b>&nbsp;</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">'</span><span class="moreinfo">The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">'</span></b></div><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"></span></b>We begin this second tale with Peter being greeted by his teacher Mr. Warren. Warren introduces Parker to Professor Cobbwell who is in need of an assistant over the weekend to help him with his research and Warren has recommended Peter for the job. Delighted Parker accepts, but Cobbwell needs a favour and asks Peter to pick up an old radio he’s left at a local repair shop. The shop is run by someone who ‘looks like a character straight out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales!’ It’s the Tinkerer and he enters into the bowels of the building where we quickly realise something sinister is afoot. It turns out he’s in league with…aliens! They have hatched a diabolical plan of some sorts but before we discover much, the Tinkerer returns to give Peter the radio.<br /><br />Throughout the morning Peter’s Spider-Sense is going wild. The Tinkerer, the radio, it all seems to be setting it off. So when Cobbwell takes a lunch break, Spider-Man investigates. Upon returning to the Tinkerer’s lair, his Spider-Sense goes ballistic. Spidey discovers that the Tinkerer and the aliens are spying on their customers, learning about human weaknesses’ and the like. So the web-slinger springs into action, overpowering the aliens easily, but succumbing to a blast from the Tinkerer’s laser gun. Surprised that Spidey is still alive, they lock him into a glass cage until they can figure out what to do with this meddlesome arachnid. Using pinpoint accuracy in combination with his webbing, Spider-Man frees himself. The fight resumes and a fire breaks out.<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The aliens make a hasty exit while Spidey goes after the Tinkerer who also manages to get away after the fire becomes too powerful even for our super powered hero. Spotted leaving the scene, locals deduce Spider-Man must have started the fire. A supposed alien aircraft leaves with the aliens stating they’ll never return and Dr. Cobbwell returns to his lab, telling Peter of a strange alien craft in the sky. Young Mr. Parker looks on as Cobbwell rambles, holding a rubber mask of the Tinkerer’s face, believing that he too could be an alien.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b>Review:</b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal">Last time around my major complaint was that everything was very by the numbers – the plot unfolded in a plodding and obvious manner and the threat never seemed all that real. The same can be said of this issue, but things have very much improved. First off the Vulture is far more of a threat here than the Chameleon was. He has a unique ability which allows him to be able to take the fight to Spider-Man and doesn’t simply run away. Legendary Spider-writer Roger Stern noted that the Vulture was always his favourite of the Spider-Man rogue’s gallery because it was age and experience versus youth and exuberance thus the pair were natural foils to one another.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This is very much at the forefront of this story with Lee writing the villain with a great deal of cunning and a willingness to break the rules that makes you want to boo him, even if it is in the most pantomime way. He even beats Spidey in their first encounter and is the first villain to properly try and kill the wallcrawler. I’ve always been fond of the design for the character too: Ditko’s eccentric style works perfectly here with the harsh lines on the main body-suit, jagged edges of the Vulture’s wings, the frilly neck and of course that bald head and hooked nose. On paper the character sounds silly, but in practise he’s far more threatening than you would suppose and it works very, very well. This is a character you want to hate and he has the resume to back it up as seen in this issue.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Tinkerer was clearly designed in a similar manner. He too is a bald, disturbingly ugly foe. His physical characteristics are emphasised and warped so much that he’s practically a caricature and we shouldn’t be at all surprised by that last page ‘revelation’ when it comes. He also gains credibility by nailing Spider-Man in the back with that death ray and by having the ingenuity to be able to build such marvellous machines of espionage and the like. However he falls short of the mark as a foe for three primary reasons: the Vulture can fight and go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man while the Tinkerer can’t (much like the Chameleon last issue), his physical appearance is so weird that its laughable and thus off putting and there’s the whole alien thing.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-184BypEsGxY/VZ17lWzRCLI/AAAAAAAAAFI/unq7TC1SnDk/s1600/Alien%2BTinkerer%2B-%2BASM%2B2%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="262" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-184BypEsGxY/VZ17lWzRCLI/AAAAAAAAAFI/unq7TC1SnDk/s400/Alien%2BTinkerer%2B-%2BASM%2B2%2Bcopy.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">Even three issues in, we know where Spider-Man should probably fit into the world and involved with space is not there.&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Incredible Hulk</i>’s second issue did a similar thing and while it was laughable then, you can see the potential for the Hulk in space, a concept that has been realised time and time again since. Spidey just doesn’t fit in with the space crowd, though he has had one or two exceptions to this rule. The plot for this second story is so ridiculous and over-the-top that we know not to take it all that seriously, but that of course renders it very tame, continuing the problems from last issue. Still, the Vulture is a villain who manages to bring in action and excitement and so this one’s more of a treat than last month.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">On a final note, the supporting cast is fleshed out more this month. Jonah is using&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">NOW Magazine</i>&nbsp;alongside the&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Daily Bugle</i>&nbsp;to spout his anti-Spider-Man propaganda and now interacts with Peter Parker, giving us the all-time great irony of the Spider-Verse: Peter has been selling Jonah photos of himself the entire time. Aunt May no longer has debt hanging over her head and is free to continue serving wheatcakes (yummy) to her favourite nephew. The most important thing though is Peter’s beginning to be integrated with the Flash Thompson/Liz Allen crew.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Briefly in the Vulture story he joins up with them to see if the Vulture’s heist will indeed take place. Peter has to slink away to get changed into Spider-Man and he’s accused of being a coward, but it’s nowhere near as bad as before.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>He’s finally starting to become integrated in the school’s social hierarchy. In turn Flash’s bullying remains relentless, but Peter’s close to having all he can stand and it’s adding another wrinkle to Peter Parker’s character. Again we feel like this is a fully formed world we are peering into.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Next Time:</b></div><div class="MsoNormal">As the two part serials come to a close, the rogue’s gallery gets its biggest addition yet as Spider-Man spends his first full length epic going to war with the debuting&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Otto Octavius</b>, better known as&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Dr. Octopus</b>! It’s gonna’ be a good un’! 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This wasn’t a continuation of that series though, rather an inheritance of its legacy as the Amazing moniker was bestowed upon Peter Parker and his alter ego, and thus&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Amazing Spider-Man</i>&nbsp;was born! Unusually though,&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Amazing Spider-Man</i>&nbsp;began its life by printing two mini-epics a month as opposed to the standard one and done. So rather than one full length story of 21-25 pages, two 10-15 page stories are presented:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><u><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><br /></span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><u><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><br /></span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><u><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Plot:</span></u></b><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><i>‘SPIDER-MAN’</i></b><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">&nbsp;We begin by learning that things haven’t got much better for Peter Parker since his uncle’s death; rather they’re a good deal worse. Bills are stacking up, Peter is continuously ostracised in school and Spider-Man can’t earn a buck either. Aunt May is having to pawn off her jewellery to keep the Parker’s afloat and J. Jonah Jameson, Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Bugle, is spearheading a media campaign against Spider-Man remarking: ‘The youth of this nation must learn to respect&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">real</b>&nbsp;heroes – men such as my son, John Jameson, the test pilot! Not selfish freaks such as Spider-Man – a masked menace who refuses to even let us know his true identity!’</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">This disguised piece of exposition sets the stage for the action of story number one: John Jameson is testing an experimental space craft and naturally things go wrong. A component breaks loose and unless it can be replaced, Jameson Junior will plummet to his doom. Enter Spider-Man! Realising he’s the only person capable of getting the part to Jameson’s craft in time, he interrupts an emergency meeting between the mission commander and Jonah, offering his services to act as a courier for the component. The cigar chomping, moustache sporting, flat-top wearing newspaper man is of course outraged, but the commander obliges.</span><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gthpugz8Tfo/VYR_J-in4UI/AAAAAAAAAEs/SehupPD9els/s1600/See%2BWhat%2BI%2BCan%2BDo%2B-%2BASM%2B1%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gthpugz8Tfo/VYR_J-in4UI/AAAAAAAAAEs/SehupPD9els/s400/See%2BWhat%2BI%2BCan%2BDo%2B-%2BASM%2B1%2Bcopy.jpg" width="270" /></a></div><br /><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Spider-Man commandeers a plane, takes it to within jumping distance of the craft and attaches the missing component. John is saved! Satisfied with his work, Peter eagerly awaits to see the next Bugle headline. How will Jonah thank him for saving his son? ‘THIS NEWSPAPER DEMANDS THAT SPIDER-MAN BE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED!’ begins the Bugle. Jonah Jameson suggests that Spider-Man must have sabotaged the test flight in a plea for positive publicity and even offers a reward for his capture (‘Report him to the nearest F.B.I. office’). The people of New York eat this up and Peter is left dumbfounded: in the public’s eyes, he’s a heel and a flat broke one at that. This leads us to…</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><i>'SPIDER-MAN vs. The Chameleon'</i></b><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Peter figures the only way to make big bucks and pay the bills is to exploit his superhero shtick and gets a bright idea: he’ll join the Fantastic Four (FF)! ‘They’ll probably&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">jump</b>&nbsp;at the chance to have a teenager with super powers working with them! It’ll be a natural!’ With this ‘foolproof’ plan, he webs his way toward the Baxter Building, home of the FF, and breaks in. A defence mechanism triggers and traps Spider-Man. But it can only hold Spidey for so long when, using his super strength, he breaks free.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">After a brief scuffle the Four explain they aren’t a business but a non-profit organisation. Spidey is furious and leaves in a hurry. Sue Storm remarks that they could’ve helped him had he simply stuck around while Reed Richards believes they’ll be hearing more from him in the future. Meanwhile, the Chameleon, a master of disguise and all around bad guy, is planning to steal secrets from the U.S. government in order to sell them on to the Soviet Union and/or Eastern Bloc countries. Taking note of Spider-Man’s unpopularity, he figures he’d make the perfect fall-guy for this latest job. In the guise of the wall-crawler, the Chameleon steals the secrets and escapes in a helicopter, all the while, luring the real deal to the scene. Spidey is forced to track down his new nemesis to clear his name.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Preventing the Chameleon from reaching a Soviet sub, he drags the costumed crook back to the long arm of the law. It looks like that’s all she wrote -- but wait! The Chameleon causes a temporary black-out, changes into his final disguise, a police officer, and attempts to escape. As Spider-Man is accused once more he leaps away to vanish and sulk in the night. The Chameleon is revealed in turn – his costume is torn, exposing his villainous identity. As the issue closes, the Fantastic Four ponder if Spider-Man could turn his back on law and order.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><u><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Review:</span></u></b><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Let’s face it, neither of these stories are knockouts though they do carry importance in developing our narrative and introducing some key players and relationships. First off, the core theme linking these two stories is Peter/Spider-Man’s continued rejection from the super-hero norms. With Steve Ditko’s quirky art and Stan Lee’s fall from grace scripting, Peter Parker was noted for being different from just about any and all superheroes out there. He doesn’t have a fortune to fall back on like the Fantastic Four or a confidant like the Hulk had with Rick Jones.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">He has enemies in the super-powered circle (the Chameleon being the first, as seen here) and in the everyday world via the highly opinionated J. Jonah Jameson. This creates a linkage between story one and story two and allows for a good flow; you can feel that these stories take place well within 24 hours or so of each other. You might even draw the same conclusion that John Byrne did in his much loathed&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Chapter One</i>&nbsp;series and suggest that the orbiting craft John Jameson manned was sabotaged by the Chameleon.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Whatever the case, the world of Spider-Man is already being constructed masterfully by Lee with the inclusion of the FF setting up the development of the Marvel Universe with ties to the 1940s adventures of the Submariner already apparent courtesy of events in the foursome’s own adventures. Of course this creation of a tangible world has flaws, the biggest of which is of course its utterly dated nature. We noted last time that this comes with the territory of comic books, but it is particularly potent in early Marvel Universe tales, including here.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Stan refers to the Chameleon as a ‘commie’ and mentions the ‘space race’ in relation to John Jameson’s one man craft. The repeated mentions of these terms can become deeply grating to a modern day viewer and makes painful reading in early Hulk stories particularly and it is no surprise that the Hulk’s first major recurring super-villain foe is in fact the Chameleon (though these early stories actually suffer from a holding pattern more than anything else). Mercifully, Spider-Man has to deal with these references less and less as the character is relocated within the universe as the first truly street level hero, taking out mob bosses, crooks, robbers and the like. That would begin next issue.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pAsMTxAsRR0/VYR_IeClrPI/AAAAAAAAAEk/xHSuMNk7Q00/s1600/Chameleon%2BSpotted%2B-%2BASM%2B1%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="388" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pAsMTxAsRR0/VYR_IeClrPI/AAAAAAAAAEk/xHSuMNk7Q00/s400/Chameleon%2BSpotted%2B-%2BASM%2B1%2Bcopy.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Here however, we are witness to a lame plot from the Chameleon with highly generic motivations and a weak escape plan. No tension is created though the drama is progressing around it. This is almost identical to the John Jameson rescue in story one as the set-piece is designed to be a showcase for Spider-Man’s powers but it falls short of that and is all very easy, which I suppose is kind of the point – it’s all so crisp and clean that Jonah’s doubts over its legitimacy are founded…only the situation isn’t really known on the ground level and so only we (along with Spider-Man) know what has truly happened. It’s dramatic irony, which works on an emotional level, but on a story one causes inconsistencies and issues.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">By far this issue’s greatest contribution to the Spider-Man mythos is J. Jonah Jameson. Jolly Jonah comes in like a wrecking ball – the sort of antagonist who can get under your skin but who you can’t do a single thing about. Sure if this was the Chameleon you could wallop him. But Jonah is a civilian and a powerful one at that. In the months and years to come, many a surrogate would take Jameson’s place in the physical battle against Spider-Man to partially resolve this issue, but Jonah’s greatest strength early on is his ability to provoke both Peter and the reader into frustrated rage. The most frustrating thing about Jonah? The fact that he truly believes he’s right.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Jonah’s a much more complex character than he’s often written as. He isn’t all bluster and high blood pressure, rather his character is one rooted in a deeply personal crusade. We are given a glimpse of that with the previously quoted speech concerning his son being a hero. Jonah does think of his son as a real hero, one who embodies the vision of America and is willing to risk his life for his country. In today’s world where we recognise military service as a great sacrifice and often speak of true heroes, this topic is still prevalent.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">While we can lambast overpaid sport’s stars or overly pampered actors or over-dramatic musicians, Jonah chooses a masked man, someone who is stealing that spotlight but also maybe showing his son up a tad. I also think there’s real fear in Jonah’s loathing of Spider-Man, a metaphor I’d suggest, for nuclear weapons in a way (another contemporary issue for the 1960s), masked men are necessary for the bad times (World War II with Cap, Bucky etc…) but are not needed in this time of delicate peace. Such characters could very easily set events in motion for disaster to unfold. More on Jonah’s hatred for Spider-Man would come to fore in issue 10.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><b><u><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Next Time:</span></u></b><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Another two parter unwittingly gives us the debut of one of Spidey’s greatest foes as&nbsp;<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The Vulture&nbsp;</b>takes flight for the first time but then Spider-Man must face the terrible threat of…<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The Tinkerer</b>? Ah but things are not as they seem. Till next time true believers!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Thanks for reading!</span></div>Jon Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07800017422910798673noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-88428681502153854492015-06-15T22:37:00.001+08:002015-06-15T22:37:13.025+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 18.1 <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KvqZhVO_Dyc/VX7iACEt-GI/AAAAAAAACe0/EbxexDAVNNk/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B%25282014-%252918%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KvqZhVO_Dyc/VX7iACEt-GI/AAAAAAAACe0/EbxexDAVNNk/s320/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B%25282014-%252918%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a><b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 18.1 review</b><br /><b><i>Spiral: Part 3</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>As we should all know by now, following the King Pin's absence, and Tombstone's capture, there is a vacuum of super villains trying to fill the void of leadership. Among the many contestants is the Black Cat, who seems to be doing a pretty good job at gaining the respect of the criminal underworld.<br /><br />Spider-Man and Wraith are busy tearing up most of the bad guy parties in town, though Spidey worries that Wraith has given up on the moral side of the law and is now willing to take the law into her own hands. Wraith, as Captain Watanabe has also secretly been working with Mr Negative as he has been providing her with information on the latest happenings in the underworld.<br /><br />See <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/04/amazing-spider-man-v3-161.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man 16.1</a> and <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/04/amazing-spider-man-171.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man 17.1</a> for details on the above.<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>The story</b><br />The issue begins with Hammerhead's gang and Tombstone's gang fighting over who currently runs the Third Precinct. The party is broken up by the Black Cat, who tries to gain the allegiance of the two gangs but fails as both gangs are extremely devoted to their leaders, even if they are in prison.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sRpm77KbQD8/VX7iBoFBcTI/AAAAAAAACfE/gOiaBkHEjAI/s1600/loyal%2Bthugs%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sRpm77KbQD8/VX7iBoFBcTI/AAAAAAAACfE/gOiaBkHEjAI/s640/loyal%2Bthugs%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br />As the gangs eventually dissipate, Cat is approached by a new Crime Master, and a few thug recruits. The Crime Master offers to his assistance to gain the gangs loyalty by suggesting a jailbreak.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bJ1tXo1bfGU/VX7iBEpqz1I/AAAAAAAACfI/lsvDlzmtGMw/s1600/crime%2Bmaster%2B%2528800x643%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bJ1tXo1bfGU/VX7iBEpqz1I/AAAAAAAACfI/lsvDlzmtGMw/s320/crime%2Bmaster%2B%2528800x643%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />In the meantime, Parker is unable to concentrate at work as his mind is preoccupied on wondering where Wraith currently stands morally. &nbsp;Later, Spidey swings out to find Watanabe and finds her consorting with Mr Negative. Mr Negative however very quickly disappears and Spider-Man is unable to find him. When approached by Spider-Man about why she was doing with Negative, Captain Watanabe fills Spider-Man in on what has been going on and that thus far, Mr Negative has been a viable source, consistently feeding her good intel. Today, he gave her a heads up on the break out that was about to happen at Ryker's Island.<br /><br />True enough, over at Ryker's the Black Cat and the Crime Master's men are mid fighting the guards. Spidey and Wraith join the fight to even the odds. Spider-Man is eventually forced to choose if he should pursue the Black Cat, or follow and keep an eye on Wraith as she takes out the rest of the bad guys at the other end of the prison.<br /><br />Choosing to trust Wraith to do the right thing, Spidey proceeds to fight the Black Cat. Wraith has no problem fighting her bad guys with the help of her fear gas. She later finds out from a nurse at the prison that Judge Howell, the corrupt Judge whom she put in prison is bedridden in the hospital there as he was knifed by an inmate.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7XOQs-hQxho/VX7iuUvfnjI/AAAAAAAACfU/dcUJ4qdbldk/s1600/stop%2Bfighting%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7XOQs-hQxho/VX7iuUvfnjI/AAAAAAAACfU/dcUJ4qdbldk/s320/stop%2Bfighting%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div>Over at the fight between Spidey and Cat, Spider-Man hearing the cops sirens yells at Cat to stop fighting, telling her to stop and walk away as he does not want to see her get shot. He tells her how he believes that she is still a good person and that he still cares about her. Grudgingly the Black Cat agrees to Spider-Man's terms and leaves, warning him however that this does not change anything between them.<br /><br />Just then, Spidey hears a gun shot. &nbsp;Second guessing his choice to trust her to do the right thing, he runs toward the sound and finds Wraith with a gun in her hand!<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>My first thoughts are that this story is moving rather slowly. In the three issues, the biggest plot line is that Wraith, a character who I truly don't care too much for, is going rogue, and Spider-Man is worrying about her stepping too far on the grey line. This story also focuses on the Black Cat, a former ally who was formerly already on the grey line, but is now way into black.<br /><br />Spider-Man, the always good guys is the only one who sees things <i>Black and White</i>&nbsp;and hopes for Wraith to see things the way he does. He most likely also worries that Wraith might eventually turn out like the Black Cat.<br /><br />As the story implies, Wraith has probably shot, and possibly killed somebody with then gun she is <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ELNSNZA7woY/VX7iBulaifI/AAAAAAAACfM/bsFh0t2AqeM/s1600/shot%2Binmate%2B%2528256x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ELNSNZA7woY/VX7iBulaifI/AAAAAAAACfM/bsFh0t2AqeM/s320/shot%2Binmate%2B%2528256x640%2529.jpg" width="128" /></a></div>holding. In the final scene however, we see an inmate, clearly shot in the shoulder, suggesting that she might have done just that.<br /><br />One thing I did like about this issue however was that Spider-Man got a chance to have a proper conversation with Black Cat for a brief moment, giving her a chance to scram and make it out alive, much like the old days.<br /><br />I was pleasantly surprised to see that Felicia accepted Spider-Man's offer, hinting at some redemption of her after all. As for what happens to Wraith, I actually don't mind if she ends up becoming like the Punisher, though I highly doubt it will come to that.<br /><b><br /></b>bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-33824727139886539112015-06-13T00:14:00.000+08:002015-06-13T00:14:02.445+08:00Amazing Fantasy #15<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o_UCgeZw1pA/VXH6PJKKA8I/AAAAAAAAAD8/5izuOQBahjU/s1600/AF%2B15%2BCover%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o_UCgeZw1pA/VXH6PJKKA8I/AAAAAAAAAD8/5izuOQBahjU/s400/AF%2B15%2BCover%2Bcopy.jpg" width="262" /></a></div><i><b>AMAZING FANTASY #15 </b></i><b>(August 1962)</b><br /><b>'SPIDERMAN'</b><br /><b>Written and Edited by Stan Lee</b><br /><b>Pencils and Inks by Steve Ditko</b><br /><b>Cover Art by Jack Kirby</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><u><b>Introduction:</b></u><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Welcome to what I hope will be the start of a long running (ominous words) series of reviews on Classic Spider-Man! First a little background on yours truly: I’ve been a Spidey fan since I can remember but I took a hiatus from the character over the past year. Upon returning to the character, I decided I wanted to reconnect with the wall-crawler by returning to the very beginning, the start of the legend, and proceed chronologically. So, I figured why not take you all along for that ride and see what we can (re)discover. With that said, where better to begin our journey than, you’ve guessed it, the origin, with the origin of our favourite web-slinger in <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Amazing Fantasy #15</i>.<br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Plot:</b></u></div></div><div class="MsoNormal">Now, let’s pretend you’re a fifteen year old high-school student who is bullied, ridiculed and mocked for your intelligence and your general nerdiness. You’ve got some lug-head with a ridiculous nickname patterned after a serial action hero making fun of you at every turn and none of the girls want to even acknowledge you. There’s probably a bit of a chip on your shoulder, right? Well that’s what Peter Parker is like in 1962. He’s often cast as a mild-mannered and meek high school student but equally so, he’s a brooding, angry young man determined to prove the world wrong – with the exception of his ever loving Aunt May and Uncle Ben of course.<br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-g4BWjNU9OuE/VXH4EvjebpI/AAAAAAAAAD0/GK6va5EfMos/s1600/Room%2BFull%2Bof%2BAlarm%2BClocks%2B-%2BAF15%2Bcopy.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="395" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-g4BWjNU9OuE/VXH4EvjebpI/AAAAAAAAAD0/GK6va5EfMos/s400/Room%2BFull%2Bof%2BAlarm%2BClocks%2B-%2BAF15%2Bcopy.jpg" width="400" /></a><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Version>12.00</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-GB</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]-->This leads us down a dark and disturbing path as Peter Parker develops superpowers from an experiment gone wrong (you know how this goes: a radioactive spider bites him) and he uses the powers he develops for personal gain becoming a masked man and sensational entertainer: The Amazing Spider-Man!<br /><br />With this new found sense of power comes pride and arrogance though and he allows a common Burglar to escape. Why’d he do it? “I’m thru being pushed around -- by anyone! From now on I look out for number one -- that means -- <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">ME!</b>” Unfortunately for Peter Parker karma in comics has a funny way of working itself out and dear old Uncle Ben is gunned down (off panel).<br /><br />Swearing vengeance, Peter, in the guise of Spider-Man, stalks New York’s rooftops until he reaches the abandoned warehouse the cops have cornered the gunman in. Like a shadowy predator, he gets the drop on this crook only to reveal: it’s the same Burglar he let get away! The Burglar is arrested and Peter is devastated. Realising it’s his own fault that his uncle is dead, Peter wonders off into the night as Stan Lee writes these very words: “And a lean, silent figure fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last, that in this world, with great power there must also come -- great responsibility!” Spider-Man is thus, immortal.</div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><u><b>Thoughts:</b></u></div><div class="MsoNormal">To say this is a classic is like asking if Gwen Stacy bore Norman Osborn’s kids – she did but the details are a little shaky. Let’s deal with the 800 pound pink elephant in the room: it’s dated and this will be a recurring theme of Stan Lee’s Spider-Man run. His stories are very much of their time and are filled with references which in turn date them even more. <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Ed Sullivan Show</i>, the use of radiation in an open air auditorium and the notion that professional wrestling is real are all things that clearly locate this story in 1962 not to mention the design of the characters, complete with Peter’s sweater vest/shirt &amp; tie combo which will come to define High School Spidey and every female character having short hair.<br /><br />Indeed Steve Ditko’s art in general is odd. His characters are pretty garish and ugly, his proportions are bizarre and his action is off the wall crazy. Most characterise it as eccentric and indeed it is unusual, but it works oh so perfectly for <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">this</i> character in <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">this</i> time period. Had Spider-Man been first drawn by Jack Kirby (as was the initial plan – he drew the eternally famous cover) or even the great John Romita Sr. (who developed the prototypical look for Spider-Man for years to come) Spider-Man would’ve been just another hero. He might have been cool, he might still be around today, but Stan Lee would never have achieved what he wanted to without Ditko.<br /><br />You see, what Ditko brings to the fore with his art is a sense of inner turmoil, an anger manifest in the world. It’s gritty, dark, expressionistic, a look into the angst and grief Peter feels through his tormented teenage years. Sounds pretty heavy, and perhaps it is, but its true. Peter isn’t handsome, he’s a nerd but then no one here is handsome – the women aren’t even pretty, they’re all eyes and teeth and it would only get more extreme from Ditko as his run went on. The point is though, Steve Ditko brings the major factor that makes Spider-Man unique upon first inspection. The look is unconventional and with it we’re intrigued.<br />&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">This intrigue is then piqued when we learn that this isn’t some middle aged guy in spandex clobbering people for love of the country or a well off foursome battling intergalactic baddies and being back in time for dinner. No, this is a teen with real world problems and real world emotions.&nbsp; To this point no mainstream comics had dealt with anguish, arrogance, loathing etc… Spider-Man did and it immediately made him something to keep an eye on. Superman was perfect, Batman was unflappable, the Fantastic Four were one big happy family, but Spider-Man had money problems, emotional issues and the whole human experience.&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Version>12.00</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IIuFt9kHLiw/VXH74pYIIKI/AAAAAAAAAEI/rgaOhVm-L08/s1600/Revelations%2B-%2BAF15%2Bcopy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IIuFt9kHLiw/VXH74pYIIKI/AAAAAAAAAEI/rgaOhVm-L08/s400/Revelations%2B-%2BAF15%2Bcopy.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Version>12.00</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> 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Okay the moralistic narrative is as old as time and is played out long before Spidey arrives in comics, but it’s never had as perfect a marriage before or after. It’s an empathetic piece that puts us in Peter’s shoes and we relate. He’s suffered a tragedy and for the rest of his days he must shoulder this. Times will get better for Peter (and worse too) but this origin highlights that very core, fundamental element to the mythos of Spider-Man and it will never change. That’s why when this origin is updated (and it has been oh so many times) the very key fundamentals remain the same: bullied for intelligence, pride comes before the fall, with great power comes great responsibility. Instantly classic. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><u><b>Next Time:</b></u><br />You may or may not note that the iconic front cover refers to “an important message” for the reader from the editor (Stan) – <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Amazing Fantasy</i>was ending. It’s surreal, short, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Twilight Zone-</i>esc horror stories were finishing up and in its place Spider-Man would receive his own, Amazing, series: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Amazing Spider-Man</i></b>! And that is also our next port of call. So stay tuned for issue number 1 (they tell me it’s a collector’s item) of that exciting new series!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Version>12.00</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Thanks for reading!</div>Jon Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07800017422910798673noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-90263714069887313252015-06-12T23:18:00.001+08:002015-07-16T11:13:23.611+08:00Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 1<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nya0MrnMi18/VXr3QlqNDSI/AAAAAAAACeE/xrgR_YLI2ew/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B-%2BRenew%2BYour%2BVows%2B%25282015-%2529%2B001%2Bcover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nya0MrnMi18/VXr3QlqNDSI/AAAAAAAACeE/xrgR_YLI2ew/s320/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B-%2BRenew%2BYour%2BVows%2B%25282015-%2529%2B001%2Bcover%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div>While we have not been reviewing any <i>Secret Wars</i>&nbsp; related issues, Amazing Spider-Man, which features an alternative Spider-Man who never exposed his secret identity and remained married to Mary Jane, will most definitely be reviewed here.<br /><br />This site began in hope that Peter Parker and Mary Jane would eventually reunite in marriage in the canon comics. While it is pretty evident that we will not be seeing any such thing any time soon, this short alternate story will have to suffice for now.<br /><br /><b>Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 1 review</b><br /><b><i>Part 1: Why we can't have nice things</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>The issue begins with a happily married Peter Parker, dealing with real life baby problems while juggling his life as a super hero. Among such problems include the usual finding a balance between spending time with the family, and picking up the slack of other superheroes' bad guys. MJ, being a loving wife and a mom now, nags Peter a little urging him to let the other heroes pick up their own slack, and possibly some of his own. The Parker family also has to deal with their baby daughter Annie blurting out that her father is Spider-Man or something along those lines.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HBw7D7YZ8io/VXr3SvRfr7I/AAAAAAAACeY/AFuYij4QvmE/s1600/family%2Btime%2B%25281280x984%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="491" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HBw7D7YZ8io/VXr3SvRfr7I/AAAAAAAACeY/AFuYij4QvmE/s640/family%2Btime%2B%25281280x984%2529.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />The next day at the Bugle however, we find out why exactly it is that Spider-Man has been busy fighting more and more bad guys. Ben Urich has found out that multiple heroes have been killed and gone missing including Punisher and Daredevil. Trusting Ben Urich's information, Spider-Man makes a trip to the Avengers Mansion to see if they are aware of what is going on. Spidey arrives just in time for a briefing on the disappearances.<br /><br />As it turns out, all the Avengers have been aware of the heroes' disappearance for a while now. Even more alarming, is the fact that all the X-Men seem to have vanished. In this universe, Spider-Man never joined the Avengers because he was unwilling to expose his secret identity to anyone. As Iron Man points out, Spider-Man in this world is more of a loner, so much so that the rest of the Avengers did not even know he was married with a child now.<br /><br />Iron Man offers Spider-Man to bring his family and come stay with them at the Avengers Mansion for safety purposes. Being a married man, Spider-Man makes a secure call to MJ to get her opinion. Their call is interrupted however when the doorbell rings over at the apartment. Just then Spidey hears Captain America calling all Avengers and superheroes available to confront who they think is responsible for the disappearances - Augustus Roman. Hawkeye, on the other line requests that he stay back to help consolidate a full scale prison breakout over at Ryker's prison. Cap however instructs Hawkeye to leave and join them as they are about to face an Omega level threat.<br /><br />When Spidey hears that there has been a prison break at Rykers however, he immediately leaves the Avengers Mansion and heads home. As he suspected, Venom had arrived at his apartment with both his wife and baby in captive.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SzhXo65Awyk/VXr4GZOT0mI/AAAAAAAACek/pD198BwrfQU/s1600/venom%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SzhXo65Awyk/VXr4GZOT0mI/AAAAAAAACek/pD198BwrfQU/s640/venom%2B%2528416x640%2529.jpg" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Spider-Man proceeds to beat the $#!T out of Venom as best he can giving MJ the chance to escape with the baby. Remembering that Venom's two weaknesses were sonic sound and fire, MJ hops on a Fire Truck headed towards a fire.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ANn9xxP8KWY/VXr3RlvjCzI/AAAAAAAACeM/G4OkxYi0mS4/s1600/fire%2Bfight%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ANn9xxP8KWY/VXr3RlvjCzI/AAAAAAAACeM/G4OkxYi0mS4/s320/fire%2Bfight%2B%2528666x1024%2529.jpg" width="208" /></a></div><br />Not wanting to lose his leverage, Venom leaves the fight to chase after Mary Jane. The fight is soon taken to the burning building where Spider-Man, &nbsp;realizing that Venom will never stop attacking his family, brings the building down on his foe, thus killing him.<br /><br />As Peter narrates to himself, that was the day that Spider-Man and the Avengers died. The Avengers died fighting Augustus Roman, now going by the name Regent, who had absorbed all the heroes' powers after killing them.<br /><br />In this world, now ruled by Regent, Peter ended up learning that <i>family </i>trumps the great power that comes with the great responsibility. In a not so perfect world ruled by Regent, where crime is prevalent, Peter Parker still has his family, and that to him is what is most important.<br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>While we all know that in real life it would truly be impossible to be a superhero with enemies like Spider-Man's, and maintain a family while sticking to all the morals like no killing, yet I was half expecting this story to be somewhat along those lines, after all, it is a comic book, and anything can happen in comics can they not?<br /><br />I have to say that it was kinda disappointing to see that in order for a story where Spider-Man could live happily married to exist, he would have to sacrifice his morals, give up the mantle and kill and enemy when he didn't need to. I had absolutely no idea what to expect in this story, and while it began perfectly well, the ending was a slight bummer for me.<br /><br />I respect the fact that Spider-Man sacrificed so much for his family, but I can imagine the guilt of leaving his fellow Avengers behind to fight alone and die against Regent eating at him everyday, if the guilt of killing Eddie Brock is not enough.<br /><br />Somehow I get the feeling that he will end up sacrificing his life at the end of this story to finally clear his conscience for abandoning the Avengers, in which case, I'd say this would be a bad story.<br /><br />This was overall however a great story made quite realistic to explain to readers why it was impossible for Spider-Man to be Spider-Man and still remain married with a family. Great job Marketing...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AlgIaL5HDhM/VXr3StV1_JI/AAAAAAAACeQ/KJrp-GpXzLA/s1600/imperfect%2Bworld%2B%2528800x648%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="518" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AlgIaL5HDhM/VXr3StV1_JI/AAAAAAAACeQ/KJrp-GpXzLA/s640/imperfect%2Bworld%2B%2528800x648%2529.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-63944903706570856502015-06-01T13:33:00.000+08:002015-06-16T14:00:08.768+08:00Featured Article: Spider-Man Slot Machine<br style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;" />So we were recently approached by a company wanting to promote their slot machine, which features Spider-Man as a way to lure in possible comic fan gamblers?<br /><br />Anyway, this is not for kids, and while I personally don't gamble, I thought we could help these people promote their business since they bothered to make it Spider-Man relative.<br /><br />While I'm not sure this really qualifies as a game review, I'm just gonna label it there anyway.<br /><br /><br /><i><strong>Ever heard of the Spider-Man Slot Machine?</strong>&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>&nbsp;Marvel’s friendly neighborhood, web-slinging hero <a class="vt-p" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uptZ4bIFdUU">has a slot machine game now</a>! Spidey’s slot title comes with amazing graphics and soundtracks that fans will instantly recognize. It’s quite surprising to see casinos carry <a class="vt-p" href="https://www.pinterest.com/slotgames/superhero-slots/">a lot of superhero titles</a> now. Perhaps it’s their way of attracting the young adults into playing the games. After all, if casinos would still use the same design on their slot machine today, it wouldn’t probably appeal to the new generation who wants better graphics, sounds, and interaction in their games. While superhero-themed slots today look and feel much like an arcade, it doesn’t change the fact that the outcome of the games is still random.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Now, let’s take a closer look at Marvelslots’ Spider-Man slot game. The slot's user interface is very easy to understand. On it, players can increase and decrease their bet, press the spin button, and click the info icon to see the payouts, winning line patterns, and bonus features of the game. Speaking of bonus features, this is where the game shines the most. The Spider-Man Slot Game has 5 bonus features namely<b> Ultimate Fight, City Chase, Hot Zone Free Games, Rivaling Free Games, and Radioactive Free Games. </b>Bonus features are unlocked when three Spider-Man icons appear on the first, third, and fifth wheels.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>&nbsp;The Ultimate Fight Feature is pretty self explanatory. Spider-Man and Green Goblin will both slug it out and each time Spidey lands a hit on the enemy, a cash prize will be awarded to the player. If Spider-Man wins at the end of the battle, more cash will be awarded to the player. The City Chase features Spider-Man chasing down Green Goblin across the city. While on the chase, Spider-Man will collect hidden items that reveal cash prizes. Hot Zone Free Games will grant 20 free games to players. Spider-Man will randomly throw webs onto the reels in order to create wild icons for huge payouts. &nbsp;Rivaling Free Games is a feature where players can win really big. The game starts by awarding players 10 free spins. However, when Spider-Man’s icon appears, the free games counter stops, giving players more free spins as well as an increased multiplier on each win. When Green Goblin's icon appears, the multiplier will be reset and the free games counter will resume spinning. &nbsp;Lastly, the Radioactive Free Games will grant 15 free games to players.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>&nbsp;During the free spins, spider icons will be randomly scattered across the reels and will appear as wild symbols for all icons. Overall, the Spider-Man Slot Machine is a simple yet enjoyable game that hardcore fans will appreciate. Perhaps the next step for casinos is to inject Spider-Man along with other superheroes not only to slots but to table games as well. Roulette games, for example, are still as plain as ever. They’re not as interesting to look at compared to superhero slot machines, and not as enticing to play <a class="vt-p" href="https://www.intercasino.com/en/games/roulette">if not for the live roulette option</a> that features a hot dealer that players can interact with online. Young adults will probably appreciate online roulette or poker more if superhero designs will be integrated on them even as a cosmetic feature.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i><br /></i><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://slotsmarvel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/spiderman2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><i><img border="0" src="http://slotsmarvel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/spiderman2.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></i></a></div>bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-10069817277485511322015-05-16T11:27:00.000+08:002015-05-16T11:27:15.879+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 18<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uec5g55pOYs/VVa4YR7fC7I/AAAAAAAACdg/Ae5frSSwtEw/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)%2B018-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uec5g55pOYs/VVa4YR7fC7I/AAAAAAAACdg/Ae5frSSwtEw/s320/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)%2B018-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" width="208" /></a></div><b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 18 review</b><br /><b>The Graveyard Sift: Part 3</b><br /><b><i>Trade Secrets</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>In <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/04/amazing-spider-man-v3-17.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 17</a>, we last saw Sajani, seemingly being killed by the Ghost as he had his hand pierced through her body.<br /><br />As it turns out however, the Ghost had simply phased through Sajani's body, without materializing, thus causing no physical injury. Sajani's heart however suffered some slight trauma.After saving Sajani, Spider-Man tries to fight Ghost. Unfortunately, due to Ghost being " ghost like" Spider-Man was unable to physically hurt his enemy.<br /><br />In the meantime, the rest of Parker Industries' staff is taking refuge in "Spider-Man's secret entrance." While most of the staff is frantic, Ana Maria and Clayton Cole decide to use some of Spider-Man's equipment to help Spider-Man in his losing battle against the Ghost.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mJl8ywFjGhM/VVa4ZbfF24I/AAAAAAAACdw/ReRZJRhw_K0/s1600/using%2Bspideys%2Bequipment%2B(640x436).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="272" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mJl8ywFjGhM/VVa4ZbfF24I/AAAAAAAACdw/ReRZJRhw_K0/s400/using%2Bspideys%2Bequipment%2B(640x436).jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Up to this point, Spider-Man had in mind that Ghost was sent to destroy the prison project that Parker Industries was working on. Mid battle however, Ghost reveals that, contrary to what Spider-Man thought, Ghost was actually there to bring down the whole Parker Industries building and had already set bombs around the building hours before he had revealed himself. Spider-Man, very soon finds himself stuck beneath some rubble as the first bomb goes off right where he is standing. &nbsp;Fortunately, Clayton and Ana Maria come soon after and fire at Ghost using sonic vibrations that Clayton cooked up and some sonic webbing designed by Peter to fight venom.<br /><br />Ghost is quickly subdued and the staff of Parker Industries are led to safety before the entire building crumbles. Sajani, now recovered, focuses her anger towards Peter for not telling her that he was still secretly working with Spider-Man. She blames him for all the problems that took place. In light of having secrets out in the open, Ana Maria then rebukes Peter for keeping secrets before revealing to Peter that Sajani and herself were also keeping a secret, - i.e continuing to work on the Nanotech research. Peter is astonished that his partners have been keeping secrets from him. Having felt betrayed, Peter apologizes to Sajani for keeping his activities with "Spider-Man" a secret. As expected however, Sajani finds it hard to accept Peter's apology as sufficient remedy for all that has taken place.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-79OFtlCnG6g/VVa4YCI0uMI/AAAAAAAACdc/8d_et2SYgTE/s1600/crumbled%2B(640x252).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="252" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-79OFtlCnG6g/VVa4YCI0uMI/AAAAAAAACdc/8d_et2SYgTE/s640/crumbled%2B(640x252).jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><b><i>Repossession&nbsp;Part 3: Nothing left to lose</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>Later, Peter goes over to his Aunt May's house to explain to her and Jay that their investment in his company has crumbled to the ground. Peter knocks on the door for a while but decides to use the spare key he has to get into the house when no one answers the door. Inside, he finds that the place has been ransacked and that his Aunt and Jay are no where to been found. Realizing that nothing valuable in the house was taken save the new antique that Aunt May and Jay had won at the auction a while ago, Peter concludes that this must have been the work of the Black Cat.<br /><br />In case you're wondering how he came to that conclusion, in the last issue, Peter saw the antique at the dining table and thought it familiar, though he could not quite remember where he had seen it before. Seeing the house trashed with nothing but that item missing jolted his memory a little, allowing him to connect it all to Felicia.<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eyLrEhCYd1w/VVa4YzXzUuI/AAAAAAAACdk/qB3Ki1qhLBo/s1600/kidnapped%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eyLrEhCYd1w/VVa4YzXzUuI/AAAAAAAACdk/qB3Ki1qhLBo/s320/kidnapped%2B(666x1024).jpg" width="208" /></a>Spider-Man swings over to Felicia's old Penthouse where the Black Cat has Aunt May, Jay, and the <br />other young lady who won most of the items at the auction tied up. There Felicia decides to burn all her old treasures along with her captives so that she will never again have anything to lose.<br /><br />Naturally, Spider-Man comes just in time to save the people. He manages to get a glimpse of Felicia and actually asks for her help. Unfortunately, as the Black Cat herself states, the old her is dead and the new her is done doing what others want her to do.<br /><br />Eventually Spider-Man gets everyone to safety. Aunt May apologizes to Spider-Man for having doubted him in the past and tells him that he has her blessing to work together with Parker Industries, the company that she invested in. This leads Spider-Man to explain that Parker Industries was burnt to the ground, though it is not actually shown in the comic.<br /><br />In the aftermath, the Black Cat, now the crime lord in town, warns her followers not to cross her path and to stick to her good side as there is no longer a limit to how far she is willing to go.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>Thought most of us all foresaw that Parker Industries would eventually fail, be sold or come to ruin, I did not expect it to come to an end as abruptly as it did.<br /><br />Regardless, it was an issue that needed to be taken care of that is now history. If there is one thing we know by now, it is that Peter Parker as Spider-Man cannot ever seem to progress as a character. Even if he does progress, they will eventually regress him again, even if it is 20 years later ( Hint)<br /><br />Unlike many other progressions of the character in the past however, Parker Industries was not among my favorite things to ever happen to Peter.<br /><br />For this exact reason, I am really not at all too worried about the Black Cat going down the deep end. Black Cat has always been an anti hero so to speak. As Peter had very quickly pointed out in this issue, it is probably her bad luck powers that are getting the best of her and sending her down this spiral.<br /><br />Personally, I think Black Cat is being written like a teenage girl who just got her heart broken and wants to take it out on the world, very immature for a character who has gone through so much over the years in Spider-Man comics and completely out of character.<br /><br />So to sum up the last few issues in four words - Parker Industries gets destroyed.<br /><br />Everything else that happened, like Sajani dying, and Aunt May and Jay winning the auction and getting kidnapped for it, can be ignored because at the end of these three issues, Sajani still lives and Aunt May and Jay are safe with no antique for their dining room..<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-41332329514281831882015-05-04T05:06:00.000+08:002015-05-16T11:29:30.536+08:00Spider-Gwen #1 Review<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBBMmrG-vwc/VUZcg91anjI/AAAAAAAAAMI/tqANRk487wI/s1600/tumblr_nldctj6Wsg1s9ufo0o1_500.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EBBMmrG-vwc/VUZcg91anjI/AAAAAAAAAMI/tqANRk487wI/s1600/tumblr_nldctj6Wsg1s9ufo0o1_500.jpg" width="260" /></a></div><br />Well, it's here! Arguably the most popular of the spider personae to emerge during the Spider-Verse event, Spider-Gwen (Stacy) now has her own publication. Millions of webheads and cosplayers can't be wrong...right?<br /><br />Since we already got Gwen's origin story in Edge of Spider-verse, this issue doesn't get weighed down rehashing the origin and quickly gets down to business. In order to welcome in newcomers, writer Jason Latour does provide a quick one page summary of how Earth 65's Gwen Stacy turned into Spider-Woman.<br /><br />With that out of the way we immediately are introduced to this world's Yancy Street Gang who prove as much a foil for Ben Grimm on Earth 65 as they do on 616. The difference here is that ol' Grimmy isn't the Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing, but just a regular, flesh-and-blood beat cop (albeit a rather overzealous one).<br /><br />Officer Grimm climbs a billboard to corner the young YSG graffiti artists when out of nowhere swoops the Vulture! Apparently annoyed by all the attention wanted criminal Spider-woman is receiving, Vulture flies to the billboard with Gwen's mugshot on it and abducts Officer Grimm to show everyone he's a better criminal than any silly spider chump. Vulture drops Grimm from on high and lets gravity do the rest.<br /><br />We transition to Gwen, who is having a bit of an existential crisis. Not only is she misunderstood as a criminal, wanted in connection with the death of her beloved Peter Parker, but she has also just returned from defeating a frightening threat to the multiverse and is now stuck catching purse snatchers and petty crooks. Bummer.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IorRSdlw2jg/VUZxWR0KseI/AAAAAAAAAMs/gi_ReSUdPNA/s1600/spider_gwen_1_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="322" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IorRSdlw2jg/VUZxWR0KseI/AAAAAAAAAMs/gi_ReSUdPNA/s1600/spider_gwen_1_1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Enter Hamburglar Man! Err..I mean the Bodega Bandit! Maybe foiling his robbery will show the police that she's a good guy...or not. Turns out the register contained only 78 cents and when returned, its rightful owner actually gives Gwen grief. As annoying as the shop owner is, he does provide a nifty reference to the original 1960s Spider-Man theme song when he rebukes Gwen's query about a reward and says, "Action is your reward!" (Okay, maybe I'm the only one who geeked out over that).<br /><br />Checking back in with Officer Grimm, we find Foggy Nelson and Captain Stacy in Grimm's hospital room. Foggy reiterates his support for Stacy's belief that Spider-Woman is a good guy, but informs Stacy that the mayor has caved to pressure and replaced Stacy with Captain Frank Castle on the Spider task force. Yes, Frank Castle.<br /><br />We cut to Frank "interrogating" a non-Rhino-skinned Aleksei Sytsevich and it turns out this world's Castle might be even more brutal than the 616 version. Frank gets Aleksei to give up the Kingpin as his connection to Spider-woman, but proceeds to bloody him some more anyway.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RJUCc2T2Hyo/VUZvh0uBR6I/AAAAAAAAAMc/Et6SnRp6mgY/s1600/4422722-sg3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="327" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RJUCc2T2Hyo/VUZvh0uBR6I/AAAAAAAAAMc/Et6SnRp6mgY/s1600/4422722-sg3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Returning to our title heroine, we find Gwen tracking down Adrian Toomes. Correctly deducing that Adrian is a bit of an egomaniac, she graffitis the area around Vulture's apartment with provocative graffiti like "Death from a Butt." The plan works like a charm, drawing out the self-aggrandizing geriatric for a wild mid-air tete-a-tete with Gwen. The issue concludes in classic cliffhanger fashion, with Spider-woman falling from her Vulture-cut webline at a perilous height over the piers, not a single structure to web in sight!<br /><h2><b><span style="font-size: small;">Thoughts:</span></b></h2>I had very high hopes for this issue and for the most part Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez did not disappoint. Latour writes a very quippy, super-sarcastic Spider-woman which fits in perfectly with her overall quasi-punky character. While the mouthiness during battle is classic 616 Spider-man, Gwen differentiates herself with a bit more rebelliousness - classic Spidey would never have thought to spray paint antogonizing messages to draw out the Vulture. Obviously, this is only one issue and it is impossible to say how the character will develop, but what is obvious is that this Earth 65 Gwen Stacy is already a million times more of a fleshed-out and interesting character than was 616 Gwen.<br /><br />The artwork does a great job of capturing the punk/rebel vibe of Spider-Gwen. The trippy neon greens and purples can border on being too much, but Rodriguez and colorist Rico Renzi toe the line just enough to keep us sane. The facial expressions of Rodriguez's characters work well in action scenes, but when characters are having a somber conversation the overly-expressive faces can be a little much.<br /><br />I was not alone in anticipating this issue and it did not disappoint. It is exciting to have a legit, cool, mouthy Spider-woman who seems to be developing her own distinctive character. For its significance alone this issue is a must-read, but Latour and Rodriguez ensure that your reading experience will also be an entertaining one.<br /><br /><br />NDwebheadhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09384263748347282305noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-8760533020612342812015-04-30T16:36:00.001+08:002015-04-30T16:36:37.524+08:00Amazing Spider-Man # 17.1<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yqyG0oXhcSc/VUHoc1BmJDI/AAAAAAAACco/OtSzi_MjDkc/s1600/cover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yqyG0oXhcSc/VUHoc1BmJDI/AAAAAAAACco/OtSzi_MjDkc/s1600/cover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a></div><br /><b>Amazing Spider-Man # 17.1 review</b><br /><b>Spiral : Part 2</b><br /><b><br /></b>This issue is a side story that continues from <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/04/amazing-spider-man-v3-161.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man 16.1 </a>.<br /><br />With Tombstone busted in the last issue, Hammerhead and the Hobgoblin, now going by the name "Goblin King," are trying to fill the vacuum for power over the Third Precinct. The two make bets with their fighters in the ring. The fighters would fight to the death and the winner would take control of the area. The meeting however is broken up by Spider-Man. The Goblin King takes off immediately, as does Hammerhead, as soon as he can, namely while Spider-Man is busy taking care of Hammerhead's fighter from the ring.<br /><br />Having lost all the bad guys, Spider-Man then proceeds to head to Captain Watanabe, who is in the Third Precinct to update her on what he knows ( mostly nothing except that Hammerhead and the Goblin King have plans involving her precinct)<br /><br />Watanabe is not having it easy back at work as her superior is giving her a hard time for disobeying <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xUrn3JW9U7w/VUHoeRzl5EI/AAAAAAAACdE/JX9ZqbyaYtU/s1600/watanabe%2Bin%2Boffice%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xUrn3JW9U7w/VUHoeRzl5EI/AAAAAAAACdE/JX9ZqbyaYtU/s1600/watanabe%2Bin%2Boffice%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a></div>orders and not bringing lawful evidence the correct way as according to the system as seen in the last issue. She is also instructed to pay Judge Howell a visit at prison. ( Watanabe jailed him for buying drugs from Tombstone's second in command as told is the last issue) The judge explains how he bought the drugs for his wife who got addicted after her surgery. Watanabe's shows no sympathy and rests assured that Judge Howell deserves worst than to be in prison, believing the Judge purposely allowed Tombstone to walk guilt-free because he needed the drugs from him.<br /><br />Later, Watanabe gets another tip from Mr Negative, regarding the cage match/ bet between Hammerhead and the Goblin King and its location. With the tip on the time and place, Watanabe, as Wraith decides to pay the bad guys a visit. Spider-Man spots her while swinging and decides to join.<br /><br />Over at the ring, Hammerhead's fighter, having been busted by Spider-Man earlier is not present to fight. Goblin King thinks he is about to win the bet, but Hammerhead surprises him by going into the ring himself. He easily kills Goblin King's fighter, claiming victory. Just then however, Wraith and Spider-Man swing in and spoil the show.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tMKY9T7JUUo/VUHodCVSL2I/AAAAAAAACcs/OAWTw934PlI/s1600/party%2Bcrash%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tMKY9T7JUUo/VUHodCVSL2I/AAAAAAAACcs/OAWTw934PlI/s1600/party%2Bcrash%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="410" /></a></div><br /><br />Everyone gets busted except for Goblin King who again manages to escape. In the final scene, Spider-Man realizes that Wraith is more concerned about protecting her turf than about protecting people and catching bad guys. He tries to explain that the photos from her source &nbsp;(Mr Negative) gave her had to be taken from someone on the inside, implying that Tombstone was betrayed. Wraith however can't seem to care about how things are done, but is instead more concerned that they are done!<br /><br />In the background we see Mr Negative sitting on a chair watching everything play out as according to his plan.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Wy1rc22gemM/VUHoc4sWNLI/AAAAAAAACcw/wVxin9UFR7s/s1600/epilogue%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Wy1rc22gemM/VUHoc4sWNLI/AAAAAAAACcw/wVxin9UFR7s/s1600/epilogue%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="410" /></a></div><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>The Spiral is more of a story about Watanabe rather than Spider-Man. This story appears to be the turning point for Wraith, from a good law abiding cop, to a bitter woman who realizes that the system is not going to work as long as corruption is present. As such she takes it upon herself to take the law into her own hands in order to provide the evidence required to put the guilty behind bars.<br /><br />As implied in the last scene, Wraith no longer cares about how the job is done. Her main objective is to make sure it is done, even if it means working with criminals like Mr Negative to do so.<br /><br />In this issue, Spider-Man tries to be the Angel on Watanabe's shoulder, doing his best to remind her of what they do and why they do it. Up to this point in the story however, his advice seems to be falling on deaf ears. Spider-Man has been sticking around to ensure that Wraith does not do anything silly that she might regret later. He is also taking it upon himself to ensure that she stays on the right side of the law.<br /><br />Mr Negative is actually the true mastermind behind everything that has been taking place in the last two issues. He had a man on the inside to spy on what Hammerhead and Goblin king were planning. He was also the one who betrayed Tombstone, or at least had a man on the inside do so. In doing so, Mr Negative has, in the last two issues, eliminated the criminal lord of the Third Precinct as well as any other possible competitors who may rise to fill the gap, thus leaving no one but himself to run crime in the city.<br /><br />While this is really a side story for Spider-Man, it is a must read for any Wraith fans out there! Till the next issue...<br /><br />... and here's a ridiculous pose from Yuri Watanabe for the album..<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uTDrPoWFEAU/VUHod4khPrI/AAAAAAAACc4/C_lSsygYyvE/s1600/posing%2B(640x221).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uTDrPoWFEAU/VUHod4khPrI/AAAAAAAACc4/C_lSsygYyvE/s1600/posing%2B(640x221).jpg" height="217" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-74412940067269914712015-04-10T15:59:00.000+08:002015-04-10T16:02:02.459+08:00Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 10<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sJvFFcGIOhY/VSeBuYVK_yI/AAAAAAAACb8/3UVMLeJlm98/s1600/Spider-Man%2B2099%2B010-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sJvFFcGIOhY/VSeBuYVK_yI/AAAAAAAACb8/3UVMLeJlm98/s1600/Spider-Man%2B2099%2B010-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="200" width="128" /></a><b>Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 10 review</b><br /><i><b>Misery at the Hands of Maestro</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i><i><b>The Story</b></i><br />This all begins with Maestro walking through his palace when he is approached by the minister of the place. The minister respectfully questions allowing Spider-Man to be in a room with the Sorceress Supreme. It is implied that Maestro realizes what he had done and intended for it to be that way.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hqnuBy9pd0c/VSeBvuWZj3I/AAAAAAAACcI/2U88-zbcneA/s1600/healing%2Bspell%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hqnuBy9pd0c/VSeBvuWZj3I/AAAAAAAACcI/2U88-zbcneA/s1600/healing%2Bspell%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a>Over at the prison cell, Spider-Man 2099 is dying after having been<br />beaten nearly to death by Maestro as see in <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/03/spider-man-2099-9.html" target="_blank">Spider-Man 2099 #9</a>. Strange however manages to heal him after she instructs him to fire a web line at her so she could pass some healing magic to him. In case you were wondering, Strange is bound in mystical chains that prevent her from moving.<br /><br />The two soon escape and head to Maestro's trophy room, where a broken time travelling machine is supposed to be. As we later find out, Maestro, despite being Bruce Banner, has lost touch with his human side so much so that he is unable, or unwilling, to try to fix the time machine on his own.<br /><br />Inside the trophy room we see some souvenirs from heroes and villains that Maestro had killed over the years, among them is Dr Doom's time travelling machine. With the help of some Iron Man equipment lying around in the room, Spider-Man is able to fix the machine.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7zztlyAWCiQ/VSeBv5ietVI/AAAAAAAACcQ/Is691NQNrJ0/s1600/trophy%2Broom%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7zztlyAWCiQ/VSeBv5ietVI/AAAAAAAACcQ/Is691NQNrJ0/s1600/trophy%2Broom%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="410" /></a></div><br /><br />His joy is soon brought to an end however when Maestro comes out of an invisible cloak and kills Strange with a soul dagger. Thinking quickly, Spidey swings across the room and fires at Maestro with one of Iron Man's blasters before going through the time machine, seemingly killing the brute.<br /><br />Spidey 2099 is then seen back in time, but without the remote for the machine. He then swings off hoping that Maestro died from the blast. Back in 2099 however, we find out that Maestro is still alive, and so is the Sorceress Supreme, who is actually someone else who has Strange trapped in her body!<br /><br />In the final page, Maestro is seen having traveled back in time on Christmas day, ready to conquer the world again!<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>From the start of the issue we all knew that Maestro had been planning for Spidey and Strange to escape. As the minister pointed out, it was quite a silly move, unless it was all planned.<br /><br />While it was intended for the reader to suspect that Spider-Man was falling into a trap, I'm sure I speak for everyone else as well, that nobody could have possibly foreseen that the Sorceress Supreme was not actually who we thought she was. I wish I'd read more 2099 books to know who exactly this impostor/ Strange Captor is.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1O9F3SHjhYg/VSeBvRcVFmI/AAAAAAAACcE/m82_p1NvXJs/s1600/strange%2Bis%2Bnot%2Bstrange%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1O9F3SHjhYg/VSeBvRcVFmI/AAAAAAAACcE/m82_p1NvXJs/s1600/strange%2Bis%2Bnot%2Bstrange%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="410" /></a></div><br /><br />Essentially, this story carried a brilliant twist that just earned Maestro some new respect as a bad guy. Great writing thus far. With even more time travel and universe jumping, we are bound to see the universe collapse as we know it in no time, as has been hinted for months now in other marvel comics as well.<br /><br />Will Spider-Man 2099's story have a link to Secret Wars?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-15951006461910106992015-04-09T14:55:00.002+08:002015-05-15T16:40:13.395+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 17<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-weGBD-sFVb0/VSYiD2k7x-I/AAAAAAAACbU/2ehH4tmkOog/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)%2B017-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-weGBD-sFVb0/VSYiD2k7x-I/AAAAAAAACbU/2ehH4tmkOog/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)%2B017-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" width="206" /></a><b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 17</b><br /><b><br /><i>The Graveyard Shift: Part two</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>Needless to say, this is part two of the Graveyard Shift, which started in <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/03/amazing-spider-man-v3-16.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 16</a>. It starts with Peter and Ana Maria having dinner at Aunty May's place. During dinner, Aunt May makes a comment about Ana and Peter getting married. Ana Maria saves Peter's ass by explaining very quickly with a valid reason why they broke up.<br /><br />During dinner, we also see a centrepiece which Jay and Aunt May won at the auction they were at in the last issue. Peter finds it familiar but can't seem to remember where he's seen it before. As readers however, we all know that it used to belong to the Black Cat.<br /><br />Peter and Ana then swing over to Parker Industries and enter though a secret entrance as they are already late for the testing of the new prison for super villains. Over at the lab, Sajani, is as usual, complaining about Peter and how his idea to catch and reform the bad guys the lame. Clayton, being a former villain himself tries to explain to her why it is such a good idea.<br /><br />Everyone is soon present and the testing begins. Unfortunately, it is sabotaged by the Ghost, whom we saw was hired by Tiberius Stone is the last issue to sabotage and destroy Parker industries.<br /><br />Things get hectic and soon the Parker Industries staff are scattered and getting themselves in harms way. Peter is forced to use his powers to help get the others to safety. Ana Maria covers for him again &nbsp;with spectacular excuses as she had already done several times up to this point in the issue.<br /><br />Ock's robot helper, now called the Living Brain, is tasked with the responsibility to get everyone to <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vh3sunT8IIE/VSYiEIW0q1I/AAAAAAAACbY/jkQffcZC9Q4/s1600/living%2Bbrain%2Bbackup%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vh3sunT8IIE/VSYiEIW0q1I/AAAAAAAACbY/jkQffcZC9Q4/s1600/living%2Bbrain%2Bbackup%2B(666x1024).jpg" width="206" /></a></div>safety and out through Spidey's secret entrance. Again, Ana Maria gives a brilliant excuse for why Spider-Man's gear would be in Parker's secret lab. However, the Living Brain soon begins to take some damage, and Sajani grows anxious since all her work which she and Ana had been doing on the side is stored in the robot.<br /><br />Sajani soon disappears and finds the Ghost. She explains how she found which room he was operating from and offers to help destroy the lab in exchange for the safety of the people. ( By this point she is tired of Peter and his whole company and is willing to help sabotage it.) Ghost is intrigued by her offer but explains how his purpose is to kill everyone.<br /><br />In the final scene, we see Spider-Man, finally changed into his costume entering the room just as Sajani is being killed by the Ghost.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HcgdBfr2u1c/VSYiEFgihII/AAAAAAAACbc/5X9NatueW2A/s1600/black%2Bcat%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HcgdBfr2u1c/VSYiEFgihII/AAAAAAAACbc/5X9NatueW2A/s1600/black%2Bcat%2B(666x1024).jpg" width="206" /></a><b>Story 2:&nbsp;</b><br /><b>Repossession: Part 2</b><br /><b><i>No take backsies</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>Just like in the last issue, this issue too has a second part to the second story revolving around the Black Cat. While the title of this story doesn't quite make sense to me ( what's a backsy?), the story is pretty decent for a secondary story.<br /><br />To summarize it quickly, Black Cat re-steals all antiques, paintings and other such items from a rich blonde named Regina, who bought all the Black Cat's items at the auction in the last issue.<br /><br />While in the last issue I made the assumption that the blonde was just Felicia in a blonde wig due, it turns out that she is actually a completely different person. Anyway, Felicia robs, drugs and keeps Regina hostage by tying her up and explaining how she likes to play with her prey. When going through her treasures, Felicia realizes that there is still one piece missing. We then see the Black Cat peeping though the window to Aunt May and Jay's home where the last piece of her treasure is.<br /><br />This whole story is really slow, yet enjoyable. With Aunt May getting caught up in the mix, things will soon get really personal for Spider-Man, resulting in a long awaited rematch between the ever growing lucky Black Cat and Spider-Man.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>Starting up top with the first story, I'm actually a little glad that Parker Industries is being destroyed. I never was a fan of Peter owning a whole company. Though great for his financial situation, Peter running a company is just not in his character.<br /><br />Sajani, being a little b*tch got her self in trouble, and will most likely never live to regret her actions.<br /><br />The main focus of the first story however is not so much about what is taking place, but more to make a point about how great Ana Maria is at covering for Peter's disappearances. Though they may no longer be together as a couple, Ana Maria still proves to be a valuable friend whom Peter would be foolish to remove from his life.<br /><br />The end of Parker Industries would also probably mean a huge loss of investment on Aunt May and Jay's end. However, their soon-to-be encounter with the Black Cat will probably put some things into perspective and make them forget about their petty investment and treasure their lives more.<br /><br />It would also probably be the last time they decide to buy auctioned goods from a super criminal! Also, as mentioned earlier, I am looking forward to the second battle between the Black Cat, who now has a major upgrade on her good luck powers, and plain ole normal Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.<br /><br />Finally, I also kinda liked that we got a glimpse of what Mary Jane has been up to in her giant billboard advertisement for her own brand of perfume.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IALx9_0ezzI/VSYiEysh6uI/AAAAAAAACbk/ml1GV03ObvU/s1600/swinging%2B(520x800).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IALx9_0ezzI/VSYiEysh6uI/AAAAAAAACbk/ml1GV03ObvU/s1600/swinging%2B(520x800).jpg" width="412" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-26154893490667283802015-04-09T00:02:00.003+08:002015-04-09T00:05:04.069+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 #16.1<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--wvdKkTH6Bg/VSVQvF697II/AAAAAAAACas/eSYgjX3Old0/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)16%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--wvdKkTH6Bg/VSVQvF697II/AAAAAAAACas/eSYgjX3Old0/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)16%2B(416x640).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a><b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 #16.1 review</b><br /><b>The Spiral: Part 1</b><br /><br />This issue begins with Spider-Man swinging around the city one night, looking for some crime to stop. He comes across Capt Watanabe with her team, trying to prevent a gang war. She tries to play things by the book, not using her alter ego as the <i>Wraith </i>to interfere. A source claims that Tombstone, leader of the gang is gearing up at the site.<br /><br />Though the cops aren't certain for sure if their source is reliable, it is soon clear that they are indeed at the right site as one of Tombstones men accidentally open fire. The site soon becomes a shooting range and one of Captain Watanabe's men are shot. Spider-Man swings into the building where the enemy is camping and manhandles the bad guys. Tombstone is soon caught and has his trial eight days later.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1CsTOQdfz2k/VSVQvwo1NbI/AAAAAAAACa0/54_tYeDgAdU/s1600/Tombstone%2Bcaught%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1CsTOQdfz2k/VSVQvwo1NbI/AAAAAAAACa0/54_tYeDgAdU/s1600/Tombstone%2Bcaught%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="410" /></a></div><br /><br />At the trial, Tombstone is set free on grounds that the original search warrant was defective. Captain Watanabe is then seen at the hospital where her fellow officer is being cared for. Peter visits her and the two talk about crossing the line between right and wrong for the greater good. While at the hospital, the shot officer goes into emergency.<br /><br />We later see Captain Watanabe at a graveyard, signifying that the cop died. At the grave site, she is visited by Mr Negative, who claimed to be the "Source" for Tombstone's base camp. He tries to gain her favor, telling him that he has no foul intentions as they share a common enemy. He then passes her evidence that the Judge was corrupt.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tvx1BJJClPk/VSVQwk2ZbBI/AAAAAAAACa8/OInpmSgYTIY/s1600/mr%2Bnegative%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tvx1BJJClPk/VSVQwk2ZbBI/AAAAAAAACa8/OInpmSgYTIY/s1600/mr%2Bnegative%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="410" /></a></div><br />With the new evidence, Captain Watanabe approaches her superior, who unfortunately claims that more proof is required. Seeing no other choice, she takes matters into her own hands with the help of Spidey to find Tombstone.<br /><br />They successfully find his hiding place and Spidey and Wraith are separated for a while during the <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d9EanN6NYm0/VSVQv-FDBjI/AAAAAAAACa4/pjp9tlQYxjs/s1600/danger%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d9EanN6NYm0/VSVQv-FDBjI/AAAAAAAACa4/pjp9tlQYxjs/s1600/danger%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a></div>fight. When Spidey comes back, he finds that Wraith caught Tombstone at a high risk of hurting others. The issue ends with Wraith leaving, and Spidey left wondering where Wraith may be heading as far as her ethical code of conduct is concerned.<br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>This was a really simple story in which Spider-Man is more of a featured guest rather than the main character. The main character in the issue is Captain Watanabe, who is struggling to be a good cop, but realizes by the end of the issue that nothing and really be done if she sticks to protocol. Contrary to what TV shows like CSI, Law and Order, NCIS and all those other cop shows imply, sticking to the law doesn't quite get you very far when placed in a world filled with Vigilante's and super villains.<br /><br />Overall a fun issue advertising Wraith more than anything else in hope that she will gain some popularity and possibly some day sell a title of her own. In the meantime, Wraith rides on Spider-Man's fame and popularity, hijacking a whole Amazing Spider-Man issue.<br /><br />Though we haven't seen her since Superior Spider-Man, somehow Wraith didn't seem to be missed very much, especially with the whole Spider-Verse event taking place.<br /><br />This is a must buy for Wraith fans, if there are any. If you're not too interested in this story however, I don't think it will be necessary to buy the rest of the issues related.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-74480430259369533842015-03-15T14:29:00.001+08:002015-03-15T14:30:10.497+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 16<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LF4F7hUrxQg/VQUlrQgbyUI/AAAAAAAACZ4/5Yw88Qi6yvg/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)%2B016-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LF4F7hUrxQg/VQUlrQgbyUI/AAAAAAAACZ4/5Yw88Qi6yvg/s1600/Amazing%2BSpider-Man%2B(2014-)%2B016-cover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a><b>Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 16 review</b><br /><b><i>The Graveyard Shift</i></b><br /><b><i>Part One: The Late, late Mr. Parker</i></b><br /><b><i><br /></i></b>This is the first issue after a really long time where only there is only one Spider-Man and one Peter Parker. Strangely though, we have a new bad guy involved who think he is the Lizard. He calls himself the Iguana and has the same ideology as the Lizard.<br /><br />Anyhow, Spider-Man is back to his usual business of fighting bad guys and forgetting about his job at Parker Industries. As the title suggests, Peter Parker is very late for his project presentation at Parker Industries because he his busy fighting the Iguana at the zoo.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RJSqC4yPUSA/VQUlrzRKn-I/AAAAAAAACaE/8rY5JcQCsxc/s1600/on%2Bthe%2Bphone%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RJSqC4yPUSA/VQUlrzRKn-I/AAAAAAAACaE/8rY5JcQCsxc/s1600/on%2Bthe%2Bphone%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="320" width="206" /></a>The Iguana, being a B-class villain however, is no match for Spider-Man, and despite having his life force partially sucked out is <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/02/the-amazing-spider-man-v3-15.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 15</a>, Spider-Man is able to fight him off while talking on the phone for about nine pages of the issue.<br /><br />His phone calls are from Aunt May, who is with Jay, bidding for some antiques, to check up on him <br />and Ana Maria. ( Aunt May still thinks they are dating). Aunt May eventually lets her nephew go as she is reminded by Jay about how busy Peter must be preparing for his presentation. Little does she know however, that that is not at all what he is doing.<br /><br />Spider-Man next gets a call from Ana Maria who scolds him for neglecting his responsibilities. The phone is then snatched by Sajani who further scolds him even more. Spidey however can only concentrate on fighting the Iguana until Sajani mentions Alchemax possibly getting the project if he does not show up. At the mention of Alchemax, Spider-Man wraps up the show with the Iguana and gets to Parker Industries as soon as possible.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TwRp1mOiyEA/VQUlr8KXe7I/AAAAAAAACZ8/PrrEEV-edeQ/s1600/alchemax%2B(520x800).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TwRp1mOiyEA/VQUlr8KXe7I/AAAAAAAACZ8/PrrEEV-edeQ/s1600/alchemax%2B(520x800).jpg" height="640" width="412" /></a></div><br />Over at the Department of Corrections meeting, Alchemax is giving their speech led by Tiberius Stone, greatly impressing the audience. Among Parker Industries competitors are Alchemax, Roxxon Industries and Empire Limited.<br /><br />Peter arrives just in time, and though Liz Allan, director of Alchemax and his former classmate pretends to put him down, she secretly acknowledges that Peter has always managed to "..snatch victory from the jaws of defeat." She then makes a passing statement about throwing a monkey wrench into his plans.<br /><br />Upon hearing this, Tiberius and Mark Raxton, current head of security and reformed Molten Man thanks to Alchemax's cutting edge technological cure, take it upon themselves to "remove" Peter from the competition.<br /><br />We then see them approaching the bad guys hideout, where the Black Cat is currently running the show. In the building they somehow bypass the Black Cat and approach Ghost directly, who agrees to eliminate Peter Parker.<br /><br /><b>Black Cat in "Repossession"&nbsp;</b><br /><b>Part One: Stolen Memories</b><br /><b><br /></b>As the title suggests, this second story is about the Black Cat rather than Spider-Man. It builds the background for Felicia's second attack on Spider-Man, but also possibly her redemption from this evil phase she is going through.<br /><br />In the issue, we see the Ringer, beaten badly and brought before the Black Cat for shortchanging her weekly. The Ringer gives several legitimate reasons for why he needed the money. He begs for Felicia's forgiveness, reminding her that they used to work together on separate occasions. He also appeals to her softer side, reminding her of how she used to have a heart. She stalls for a moment, actually considering his request but immediately changes her mind when the Ringer uses the opportunity to try to break free and escape. His attempt is almost successful, even cutting the Black Cat on her arm!<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m2d2jPS2LKM/VQUlshcWgXI/AAAAAAAACaM/E7_KGJdIl7Y/s1600/testing%2Bluck%2B(659x800).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m2d2jPS2LKM/VQUlshcWgXI/AAAAAAAACaM/E7_KGJdIl7Y/s1600/testing%2Bluck%2B(659x800).jpg" height="320" width="263" /></a>The Ringer is caught and made an example of for everyone to see. Worried that she has run out of luck, she has a go at a Jackpot slot machine. Having hit the Jackpot, she then realizes that she was indeed lucky to have only gotten a cut on her arm. She also notices that with her new attitude of not allowing anyone to put her down, her luck powers are immensely more powerful.<br /><br />Felicia reflects on how she has stolen a lifetime of possessions but can still not steal what was stolen from her, namely her life and name before the Superior Spider-Man screwed her over.<br /><br />We finally see her in civilian clothes at the same auction that Aunt May and Jay are at, outbidding everyone in the room for the goods that were once stolen by the Black Cat. She then vows to steal every last bit of her previous life back.<br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>The first story involving the Iguana, but more importantly, the presentation of the super villain prison was extremely lengthy considering how little took place. For the first half of the issue, Spider-Man is fighting the Iguana. The Iguana, much like the Lizard, wants their reptilian kind to reclaim the earth.<br /><br />The story was without a doubt a refreshing classic tale of Spider-Man juggling work, spider-work, and family. However, in my opinion it lacked a little depth. Considering the last several deep issues, and potentially more of those just around the corner with Secret Wars, this story serves more as a breather rather than anything else.<br /><br />The second story brings us up to speed with the Black Cat, who, before Spider-Verse, was the leading story since Peter's return to his own body.<br /><br />Black Cat seems to be running things perfectly fine as a crime lord, with her her lucky powers getting stronger the more badass she becomes. As pointed out in this story however, we see that the Black Cat may not quite be as lost as she portrays herself to be.<br /><br />At the end of the story we see that she is dead set of stealing back every part of her old life again. It'll be quite interesting to see how that turns out.<br /><br />As a final passing thought, how is it that no one can recognize Felicia in the auction room, bidding for items that the Black Cat stole, especially since everyone already knows Felicia is the Black Cat and should know what she looks like. Sure she has blonde hair in her civilian costume, but didn't she use to do that before sometimes as well?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--IncwU2MYs8/VQUmmhtt1xI/AAAAAAAACaY/-8B1ySrGUJ4/s1600/felicia%2B(640x322).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--IncwU2MYs8/VQUmmhtt1xI/AAAAAAAACaY/-8B1ySrGUJ4/s1600/felicia%2B(640x322).jpg" height="322" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-3068132157802395622015-03-11T21:34:00.003+08:002015-03-11T21:34:46.722+08:00Spider-Man 2099 # 9<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KHq85-TupdQ/VQBECzWD_6I/AAAAAAAACZY/JVLFnSDzbW4/s1600/Spider-Man%2B2099%2B(2014-)%2B009%2Bcover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KHq85-TupdQ/VQBECzWD_6I/AAAAAAAACZY/JVLFnSDzbW4/s1600/Spider-Man%2B2099%2B(2014-)%2B009%2Bcover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="200" width="130" /></a><b>Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 9 review</b><br /><b><br /></b>This issue follow Spider-Man 2099, after the events of <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/search/label/Spider-Verse?&amp;max-results=5" target="_blank">Spider-Verse</a>, where he, like all the other versions of Spider-Man, return back to their respective homeworlds. Unfortunately, Spider-Man 2099 returns to a home he can not recognize as everything has been destroyed!<br /><br />He comes across two "<i>Scanners</i>" who try to kill him. Spider-Man 2099 easily ties them up and begins asking questions about what has happened. Neither one of the two seemingly only people on the planet recognize him.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ma1nxLBjwXc/VQBEC59nz_I/AAAAAAAACZQ/rZ5U5TuRkPM/s1600/scanners%2B(640x539).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ma1nxLBjwXc/VQBEC59nz_I/AAAAAAAACZQ/rZ5U5TuRkPM/s1600/scanners%2B(640x539).jpg" height="538" width="640" /></a></div><br />Spidey learns that &nbsp;the <i>scanners</i> have their home base set up just on the outskirts of Dystopia, a place that sounds familiar to him. Spidey gets the two to lead him back to their base. When they arrive however, the camp is empty. Before long, the two are captured by an army of soldiers armed with nuclear weaponry, something countries had stopped using for years now. Spider-Man 2099 is left to fight off the bad guys, all of whom do not recognize him. He manages to escape the soldiers successfully for a while but is soon blown away by a some kind of sonic wave.<br /><br />We later find out that Spider-Man was knocked out by Maestro, a future incarnation of the Hulk, and leader of the army. &nbsp;Spidey 2099 recognizes Maestro from a previous encounter with Captain Marvel and Rick Jones in one of his old alternate reality trips.<br /><br />Maestro, though he thinks he recognizes Spider-Man actually thinks that he is the original Spider-Man in a new costume. This leads Spidey to conclude that this Maestro is either from before their previous encounter, or is a totally different alternate version of Maestro altogether.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_HiUadcVlSg/VQBEDKOhh3I/AAAAAAAACZU/ScEug1_0UME/s1600/spider-man%2Bsmashed%2B(520x800).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_HiUadcVlSg/VQBEDKOhh3I/AAAAAAAACZU/ScEug1_0UME/s1600/spider-man%2Bsmashed%2B(520x800).jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a></div>Spider-Man fails in trying to convince Maestro that he would bring them both to the past via a time travelling device. Enraged that Spider-Man would think him a fool, Maestro proceeds to beat Spider-Man severely. Still curious as to how Spider-Man arrived at to this world, Maestro agrees to answer some questions in exchange for answers to his questions about how he arrived to this place.<br /><br />Naturally, Spidey's first question is to find out why all of this happened, to which Maestro explains that the end of the world was a result of a company called <i>Alchemax</i>. Upon the arrival of Maestro's castle, the two captured <i>scanners</i> ask what had become of their people. Maestro shows the bodies of the their people all tied to a "hollywood" sign that spells MAESTRO, and adds them to the collection.<br /><br />Maestro then throws Spider-Man in a dungeon where his other captive whom he has been hoping will help him with time and dimension travel is also held. Spider-Man looks up to see that it is Strange (Dr Strange of his world)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IDnV6qHkoKo/VQBEECzGtcI/AAAAAAAACZo/jJBaxWpRoSM/s1600/strange%2B(520x800).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IDnV6qHkoKo/VQBEECzGtcI/AAAAAAAACZo/jJBaxWpRoSM/s1600/strange%2B(520x800).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><br /><br /><b>Thoughts</b><br /><b><br /></b>After a whole series about alternate worlds and dimensions, I was hoping that things might get back to normal for a while before Secret Wars begins and the dimensions are revisited. Unfortunately, that is not at all what we get in this issue.<br /><br />We revisit old friends ( or mostly enemies) of Spider-Man 2099, creating a little tease to maintain interest for old fans of 2099.<br /><br />What is good about this issue that leaves the reader wanting to read the next issue is that throughout the issue we are left wondering where in time, or in which reality did Spider-Man end up on.<br /><br />The answers are not spelled out specifically, but what we do know is that Alchemax, caused the end of the world, meaning that it is quite likely that this is Spider-Man 2099's world, but probably no longer in the year 2099.<br /><br /><br />I would not exactly call this a good old classic tale, but considering the lack of 2099 elements in the last few Spider-Man 2099 issues, this was definitely the closest it has come to classic.<br /><br /><br /><br />bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-30803123320879245252015-02-28T12:09:00.000+08:002015-02-28T12:16:40.239+08:00The Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 15<div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ss4CJccF7hU/VPE9PTJaegI/AAAAAAAACX4/tV4_-AuNrDU/s1600/cover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ss4CJccF7hU/VPE9PTJaegI/AAAAAAAACX4/tV4_-AuNrDU/s1600/cover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a><b>The Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 15 review</b><br /><div style="display: inline !important;"><b><b>Spider-Verse: Epilogue</b></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">After the battle between the Spiders and the Inheritors in the last issue, most of the Spider-Men and Women say their last goodbyes to their new friends before heading back into their respective worlds. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">May Parker apologizes to 616 Peter for saying that he was not the real Spider-Man, insinuating that he was not the same man her father was. Peter assures her that she had every right to be angry as she probably had the most to deal with throughout the whole episode. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">May Parker returns to her world to find Uncle Ben Spider-Man, her baby brother, her boyfriend, and her mom ( Mary Jane) still alive and well. Uncle Ben asks if he can stay on their world and be a grandfather to Baby Ben, since his world was destroyed. Needless to say, he is welcomed with open arms. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mary Jane then takes Peter’s old Spider-Man costume and gives it to May. With her father gone, Mayday decides to begin anew as Spider-Woman, no longer Spider-Girl. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--HoFJM9KMAE/VPE9RmE0KQI/AAAAAAAACYc/CvRqlzcVpmA/s1600/mayday%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--HoFJM9KMAE/VPE9RmE0KQI/AAAAAAAACYc/CvRqlzcVpmA/s1600/mayday%2B(666x1024).jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Back on Loomworld, more Spiders say their goodbyes when suddenly the last remaining spiders experience some extreme traumatizing spider sense. As it turns out, Spider-Ock, having figured out his fate, tries to cut the webs with of the Great Web with Morlun’s knife in order to change his future. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Cutting the great web results in several worlds being lost. Simultaneously, Madame Web, aka Julia Carpenter, wakes up from coma back on the 616 world, regaining her physical sight, but losing her web foresight. She last went into coma after the events of <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2012/10/amazing-spider-man-695.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 695</a><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Peter 616 advises Spidey 2099 and Spider-Gwen to get back to their respective home-worlds before the portals to their worlds get destroyed. After much persuasion, the two do as instructed and head back to their homes. Spider-Man 2099 reassures Spider-Gwen that the good guys win in the end as he was there to witness Superior Spider-Man lose.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The remaining members from earth 616 – Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Jess), Spider-Girl (Anya) and Silk, along with Spider-UK and Karn, proceed to stop Superior Spider-Man. When almost stabbed by Spider-Ock with the knife, Anya realizes there are words inscripted on Morlun’s knife. She tries to read it while fighting Spider-Ock. <o:p></o:p><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hz1vIB1NGNE/VPE9P_XU4iI/AAAAAAAACX8/4MYK9w-Pp-M/s1600/inscription%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hz1vIB1NGNE/VPE9P_XU4iI/AAAAAAAACX8/4MYK9w-Pp-M/s1600/inscription%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal">As we later find out, the inscription reads that “<i>There will always be a Master Weaver spinning at the centre of the Web.</i>” This leads Silk to believe that she is the one destined to fix the great web since the Inheritors constantly referred to her as the spinner of the web. Later when Superior Spider-Man loses the knife during his battle with Peter and Spider-Woman, Anya gets the chance to read the other side of the knife which reads “<i>only death can release the weaver from their sacred task.”</i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Having been trapped in a room for all her life, Silk second guesses the responsibility, not wanting to be trapped for the rest of her life. Karn, having been an outcast for most his life and locked in his mask of shame, understands Silk’s concern and volunteers to be the weaver. He states that he has consumed enough Spider life force over the years to do the duty of “the Bride.” He also sees it as a way to repay the spiders for the loss he has inflicted to their kind over the years. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As it turns out Karn was indeed destined to be the Weaver as they soon discover that the dead Master Weaver was actually an older version of Karn himself. Karn then unlocks the Master Weaver’s suit which can only be unlocked with his spear which he invented as a child, further confirming that he is meant to be the Weaver. <o:p></o:p><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vgLVf1pu6Xo/VPE9RCgCwrI/AAAAAAAACYQ/dOSXiquofZU/s1600/karn%2Bis%2Bthe%2Bweaver%2B(640x315).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vgLVf1pu6Xo/VPE9RCgCwrI/AAAAAAAACYQ/dOSXiquofZU/s1600/karn%2Bis%2Bthe%2Bweaver%2B(640x315).jpg" height="314" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Meanwhile over at the battle between Ock, Peter and Jess, Ock knocks Jess out of the picture, resulting in a final battle between just Ock and Peter. The two battle it out and Peter eventually gains the upper hand, despite having half his life force sucked out by Morlun not long ago. Seeing that he is about to lose, Ock instructs his hologram, Ana Maria to enter into sleep mode for 100 days as previously discussed. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Karn, now in the Master Weaver costume begins to try to fix the Great Web. He states however that it will take time, and that the spiders will lose their spider sense for a while. He also states that ock must be placed back in his proper timeline before he can send any of the others home. Ock vows revenge on Karn for sending him back to his “death.” Karn responds saying that Ock already gained his revenge by killing his older self. Ock is then sent back to <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2013/10/superior-spider-man-19.html" target="_blank">Superior Spider-Man # 19</a> and loses all memory of what had taken place. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kNQfZtu_rEM/VPE9QLSn-hI/AAAAAAAACYA/UjJFGqaal0M/s1600/back%2Bin%2Btime%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kNQfZtu_rEM/VPE9QLSn-hI/AAAAAAAACYA/UjJFGqaal0M/s1600/back%2Bin%2Btime%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Back on Loomworld, Karn, now the Master Weaver attempts to send Spider-UK back to his world but is unable to due to the fact that his world no longer exists. Spider-UK decides to stay on Loomworld and help Karn with whatever weaving duties are needed. Anya, feeling a connection to the place with her ability to read the ancient language too decides to stay on Loomworld, believing that she could be of more use there than back home where there are Spider-Girls at every corner ( almost). <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Spidey regrets that Kaine received such a demoralizing death and comments that he deserved better. Back on earth 616, Spider-Man, Silk and Spider-Woman go about their separate ways, catching up on what they had missed over the last few days. Peter decides that after leading a whole team of spiders, that he is able and ready to finally be a proper director of his company. For a moment, he second guesses if he will be able to return to stopping simple street crimes, but soon puts aside all such thoughts when he helps an old lady from a snatch thief. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In the epilogue, we see Kaine, or an arm, presumed to be Kaine’s breaking out of the body of the “Other!”<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gUN1U8gzw-s/VPE9QrbzCQI/AAAAAAAACYE/_cSrixmI9mQ/s1600/kaine%2Brising%2B(640x387).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gUN1U8gzw-s/VPE9QrbzCQI/AAAAAAAACYE/_cSrixmI9mQ/s1600/kaine%2Brising%2B(640x387).jpg" height="386" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Thoughts<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal">As a final issue and closure to the Spider-Verse series, I thought this issue did well to close most of all the loose ends left unanswered from the last issue, which was extremely rushed. Even the question of what the Inheritors would eat in their bunker was answered, though not mentioned in the review. &nbsp;(Read the issue to find out)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Most of the spider people left pretty quick. I was sad to see that there was no follow up with May Parker Spider-Woman, especially since she got a fair bit of showtime throughout the series. She, like most of the others simply left too soon. We also don’t get to see any of Spider-Man Noir, who pretty much lefts the series soon after he joined it. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Superior Spider-Man destroying the Great Web and the Master Weaver turning out to be Karn himself was a decent surprise. The whole situation involving time travel and destiny reminds me a lot of last year’s movie <i>Predestination. (Highly recommended)<o:p></o:p></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As Spider-Man 2099 pointed out to Spider-Gwen, Superior Spider-Man ends up realizing that Peter is indeed the better Spider-Man and will give up the mantle in the end. However, we are now aware of a timed message Superior Spider-Man had sent to himself 100 days later. Whether or not is actions could make an impact on history or not is up for endless debate and cannot be known for certain. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">One thing for sure however, much like Kaine, Dr Octopus will not remain dead for long, and whatever back up plan he set in motion with his hologram will definitely come into effect in the issues ahead. For a character that held so much importance throughout the series, Superior Spider-Man truly blew his chance to be remembered as a hero when he destroyed the Great Web. However no complaints can be made for ensuring that the Superior Spider-Man stayed true to his character. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I’m also pretty glad to see Anya find her place in the Loomworld. We never saw much of her in 616 anyways which really didn’t make sense considering the amount of crime in New York. Dumping her on Loomworld with a portal to come back and pay her bills etc back home whenever she likes is the perfect solution of what to do with her character. Likewise, Spider-UK, being such a large part of the Spider-Verse is also conveniently placed on Loomworld so we can easily see and read more stories about him in the future when the time is right. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Finally, with the disappearance of Spider-UK’s world, not related to Spider-Ock destroying the Great Web, we can be sure that the same Cosmic Phenomena will be coming for earth 616 sooner or later, resulting in another big event that would likely happen very soon. (hint: Secret wars?)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-63620951091834147932015-02-26T04:33:00.001+08:002015-02-26T04:33:20.983+08:00Spider-Verse Team-Up #3<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JF7nwxlc3ng/VNDFeKIWL2I/AAAAAAAADFM/f4cnnEPzEiw/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233%2BCover.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JF7nwxlc3ng/VNDFeKIWL2I/AAAAAAAADFM/f4cnnEPzEiw/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233%2BCover.png" height="400" width="258" /></a></div>Hello everybody and welcome to my review of Spider-Verse Team-Up #3. Yes, as much as we'd all love to see more and more team-ups between the infinite variations of the Marvel Universe's web-headed, wall crawling super hero, we've come to the end of this tie-in series. Once again, Christos Gage pens the first story (which is strangely titled "Too Many Spider-Men" like the previous story), featuring the biggest team-up so far as a total of five Spiders take on the outcast Inheritor Karn. The final story in this series features a Spider-Girl, with Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema returning to add another chapter to the story of May "Mayday" Parker, aka Spider-Girl, as an alternate, spider-powered Uncle Ben attempts to calm the raging storm of vengeance that burns inside her.<br /><h2>Synopsis:</h2><h3>Too Many Spider-Men II:</h3><h2><div style="font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;">On Earth-3145, in the Spider-Army's newly-acquired bunker, Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man, is arguing with Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, over his latest plan to tip the scales in their favour against their Inheritors. The plan involves Karn, the exile who has also been killing and consuming Spiders to win favour back with his family after they blamed him for the death of their mother. Otto considers the plan a suicide mission as he has witnessed Karn in action, calling him "unstoppable". Spidey points out however that they now possess new information thanks to the scrolls Spider-Woman sent them after obtaining them from the Master Weaver on Loomworld in&nbsp;<i>Spider-Woman #3</i>. Anya Corazon, the Spider-Girl of Earth-616, agrees with Peter, saying that Karn's family hate him and he hates them, particularly his father, Solus. As he harbours similar feelings towards his own father, Otto is convinced that there is a chance that the plan will work.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_85Mv-G3sds/VO4h-XZSjJI/AAAAAAAADH4/b4co31M9Cms/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-1.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_85Mv-G3sds/VO4h-XZSjJI/AAAAAAAADH4/b4co31M9Cms/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-1.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div>On another earth, Earth-3123 to be precise, the Uncle Ben of that dimension shields his version of Peter Parker from Karn, who states that he has no interest in either of them, seeking only the Spider-Totem of this world. Step forward Aunt May, the Spectacular Spider-Ma'am! Ben &amp; Peter are shocked to learn of May's secret identity, but she says that she kept it a secret for their own good. She senses immediately that Karn is too powerful to fight, telling him that if he wants to kill her, he should go ahead, asking that he not hurt her husband and nephew. Touched by her bravery and selflessness, Karn promises to make her death quick, as he still desires to "earn" his way back to his family. He is interrupted from killing the Spider-Maam however by the arrival of Anya, Hobie Brown, aka the authority-defying Spider-Punk from Earth-138, Ashley Barton, the Spider-Woman of Earth 807128 (though on that world she has another nickname), Pavitr Prabhakar, the Indian Spider-Man of Earth-50101 and Billy Braddock, aka Spider-UK, member of the Captain Britain Corps and resident of Earth-833.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i67rr_AHc4k/VO4jNidt2YI/AAAAAAAADIM/Ey-9QMiPwLg/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-3.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i67rr_AHc4k/VO4jNidt2YI/AAAAAAAADIM/Ey-9QMiPwLg/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-3.png" height="320" width="207" /></a>Anya instructs Pavitr to get the Parkers to safety whilst Spider-Punk breaks his guitar over Karn's head. Karn sends Hobie careening back with a single punch, declaring his weariness of the endless conflict. Anya seizes upon that, telling Karn she is aware of his weariness and that he kills to survive, not for pleasure &nbsp;as well as his banishment from his family and his quest for redemption in their eyes. Karn assumes that the Spiders mean to use this information to defeat him, but Spider-UK assures him he has it all wrong. They are in fact here to ask Karn to join them. Karn scoffs at this as he sends Spider-UK &amp; Spider-Punk flying with a sonic clap, mockingly asking "does the tiger ally itself with the gazelle?" Spider-Man India replies that he knows about obligation to family better that most, but his family betrayed those obligations long ago. While they claimed to be punishing him for his mothers death, the truth is they sent him away because he questioned them. Karn says that it doesn't matter since he must feed on animal totems to live, but Ashley Barton points out, while stabbing Karn with his own forked spear, that he was told this by the same family who said he could come back to them if he killed enough spider totems, which was hundreds of years ago. Though he grabs Barton by the throat, Karn asks if there is another way to satiate his hunger and if the Spiders have the means. Anya replies that they don't, but if he helps them beat his family, they can use the Inheritors tech to find other means.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kVf_K5QCVZo/VO4n5kMnHOI/AAAAAAAADIg/I7yXFxBNarI/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-5.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kVf_K5QCVZo/VO4n5kMnHOI/AAAAAAAADIg/I7yXFxBNarI/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-5.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div>Hurling Ashley into Anya, Karn declares that his family can't be defeated as he pulls his spear from his chest. Spider-Punk charges into Karn, stabbing him with his horns as he says that the power structure want them to think there is no hope, but that's when you need to stand up and fight. Karn protests that it's useless to defy "the natural order", but Spider-UK asks "who says there's only&nbsp;<i>one</i>&nbsp;natural order", reminding Karn of the multitude of worlds they've both visited and how beautiful and different they are, and that according to the scroll, he wanted to explore, record and celebrate their beauty rather than bringing death and destruction. And as for the fate side of it, Anya says that no one knows it like the Master Weaver, before revealing to Karn that the Weaver gave them the scrolls. The Spiders point out that they've taken a big risk telling Karn that, as he could use the information to undermine their efforts and get his family to take him back, but even if they did, they'd probably still be laughing at him behind his back. Spider-Man India offers Karn the chance to join their side again.<br /><br />Karn is still hesitant though, saying that his hunger can be intense and uncontrollable, so to solve this, all of the Spiders (except Ashley) allow him to absorb a small amount of energy from each of them in order to keep himself going. He is saddened by the realisation that all of the suffering he experienced and caused never had to happen, remarking that his family told one truth, that there is no greater wretch then him. Spider-Punk tells him that no-one is beyond redemption however, and that they will help him take the first step on the long journey towards it. Their objective accomplished, the Spiders exit this world through the portal with Karn, leaving the Spider-Maam behind with her version of Uncle Ben &amp; Peter, who simply says "Well,&nbsp;<i>that</i>&nbsp;was weird."<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sGrMlaYWZ4M/VO4oAvuW4tI/AAAAAAAADIs/18IO5EYRijc/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-7.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sGrMlaYWZ4M/VO4oAvuW4tI/AAAAAAAADIs/18IO5EYRijc/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-7.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div></div></h2><div><h3>Bugged:</h3></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9RbA72QgGpE/VO4o3hnaKPI/AAAAAAAADI8/voOBFQTpyv4/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-8.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9RbA72QgGpE/VO4o3hnaKPI/AAAAAAAADI8/voOBFQTpyv4/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-8.png" height="320" width="190" /></a></div>Taking place before the first story, in the bunker on Earth-3145, May "Mayday" Parker, the Spider-Girl of Earth-982, demands that they all go to "Loomworld" (Earth-001) now in order to save her brother, Benjy, from the Inheritors. Spider-Man India tries to calm her down, saying that only death waits for them on Loomworld, but Mayday refuses to listen, branding all the Spider-Men present phonies and claiming that her dad was the only real Spider-Man, saying that she'll go to Loomworld herself if someone will give her a teleporter. Anya &nbsp;and the Spider-Man of Earth-3145, none other than Uncle Ben, say that it would be a suicide mission and she won't survive. Mayday remains angry, calling Ben the biggest coward of them all and that while her father looked up to his Uncle Ben, he'd be ashamed of this one. She leaps away and Ben follows after her, not noticing the "skritch skritch" noise coming from the wall nearby.<br /><br />May leaps from one wall to the other, tears streaming from her face, as she further decries her teammates, thinking that none of them understand what it means to be a hero. Heroes save people, protect the innocent and defend the helpless. She then believes she's kidding herself, saying it's her fault Benny was kidnapped by Morlun and it's her fault her parents were killed, punctuating that last thought by smashing the wall with her fist.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8iWZkybyvrc/VO4uwpgfErI/AAAAAAAADJU/FYexN5n9o4Q/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-10.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8iWZkybyvrc/VO4uwpgfErI/AAAAAAAADJU/FYexN5n9o4Q/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-10.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div>Dangling from the ceiling, Uncle Ben interrupts her self-deprecation, trying to sympathise by asking about her family, particularly her version of Peter. Mayday isn't in the mood for bonding and lashes out at Ben, telling him to go to hell! Ben dodges her attacks as she continues to mock him, saying that her dad's Uncle Ben taught him to stand up, saying "does the phrase "with great power comes great responsibility" ring any bells?" Ben corrects her, replying ""must also come." a subtle, yet profound, difference." adding that there's no guaranteed link between power and responsibility. He admits that he gave up when his versions of Peter &amp; Aunt May died, but that doesn't give Mayday the right to judge him. Meanwhile the "skritch skritch" sound builds as a crack appears in the wall. Mayday maintains that her dad would be ashamed of Ben, who refuses to believe that she could be so egocentric to say that as his Peter was just as real as hers. Just as Mayday shows off her impact webbing (a gift from her own "Uncle Ben", Ben Reilly), both her and Ben's Spider Sense start tingling (though Ben calls it his "Danger Sense" *facepalm*).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nzWFy4MdGa8/VO4uzGisavI/AAAAAAAADJc/wqxO5ceMUUA/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-11.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nzWFy4MdGa8/VO4uzGisavI/AAAAAAAADJc/wqxO5ceMUUA/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-11.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div>An army of mutant spiders suddenly burst through the wall, having thrived on the radiation from the nuclear holocaust that ravaged Ben's world (courtesy of his version of Otto "I'm so Superior" Octavius). Mayday uses her stingers to try and destroy them, but there are too many. She claims that the mutant spiders prove her point - they aren't safe anywhere - as she covers both the spiders and the floor with her webbing. She continues that Daemos (the hulking brute of an Inheritor that killed her father) and his siblings are unrelenting and the only way they will win if they take the fight to the Inheritors first and destroy them all. She orders Ben to get off the floor so she can magnetise the webbing, freezing the spiders in their place. Ben asks why she is the only Spider-Person who has that power, to which May responds "who says I am?" Working together, she and Ben force the spiders out of the bunker and seal the breach using their webbing. &nbsp;Ben points out that Mayday caused the spider attack with her "temper tantrum". He tells her that she needs to get her emotions under control and forget Loomworld (guess you threw sympathy out of the window huh?), as she can be safe here in the bunker. Mayday walks away from Ben, saying he doesn't understand. She can't have a life without Benjy, as he all that she has left. She hopes there are an infinite number of realities, maybe even one where her family is still alive. Whatever the case, she says she'll be fighting for them when she rescues her brother from Loomworld and kills Daemos...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7ceTY-NrGpc/VO4u3YgWtgI/AAAAAAAADJk/raa_sBgxOMw/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-12.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7ceTY-NrGpc/VO4u3YgWtgI/AAAAAAAADJk/raa_sBgxOMw/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-12.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div></div><h2>Thoughts:</h2><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GeMIE718rNk/VO4n1o-mSSI/AAAAAAAADIY/UgSPPWh3bwE/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-4.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GeMIE718rNk/VO4n1o-mSSI/AAAAAAAADIY/UgSPPWh3bwE/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-4.png" height="320" width="206" /></a></div>As you can probably tell from my intro, I wouldn't have minded this series continuing for a while longer. The lack of a series like this on Marvel's current list of series has been more than noticeable (though we'll soon have Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up to fill the void), especially since the end of&nbsp;<i>Avenging Spider-Man</i>. Spider-Man is one of those characters who just seems to go hand in hand with the phrase "team-up", which is no-doubt why he was a regular feature in&nbsp;<i>Marvel Team-Up</i>. His keen scientific mind, coupled with his sense of humour and strong moral compass are huge parts of why he works so well when paired with other heroes or anti-heroes. As this series exclusively features alternate versions of Spider-Man, part of the fun has been finding the small details that make them different from one another as well as the common "thread" that links them all and I honestly think that series has done this very well.</div><h2><div style="font-size: medium; font-weight: normal;">Like the previous two stories written by Gage, Too Many Spider-Men Part II has an upbeat, fun tone with an emphasis on action. I cracked up at the appearance of the Spider-Maam, especially after learning that she was actually a pre-existing character created in the pages of&nbsp;<i>Marvel What-If?</i>. If there's been any missed opportunity in having members of Spidey's supporting cast as the web-slinger, it's that we've not seen a J. Jonah Jameson Spider-Man (the jokes would write themselves). Some people might criticise this story by saying it focuses on Karn more than it does the five Spiders that he tussles with, but there is actually another layer to the narrative that gives it some depth.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ohAX1q5se74/VO4oAZfRRuI/AAAAAAAADIo/UUyjxW5sCmM/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-6.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ohAX1q5se74/VO4oAZfRRuI/AAAAAAAADIo/UUyjxW5sCmM/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-6.png" height="320" width="207" /></a></div>Each of the stories that Gage has written for this book have been partly devoted to examining an aspect of Spider-Man's personality and showing why it's part of what makes him such a great hero, with this one being the most sub-textual of the three. The Power of Positive Thinking was about Spider-Man's indomitable will and optimism, while Too Many Spider-Men Part I showed how, despite often joking around, he completely understands the severity of death. This time, Gage showcases an aspect of Spider-Man that is often overlooked, and that is his compassion. Aside from responsibility (of course), compassion has always seemed to be one of Spidey's biggest motivators for doing what he does, even in the face of intense public scrutiny. It's also played a big part in why several of Spidey's allies have very often been former villains, like Black Cat, Rocket Racer, Sandman &amp; recently Clash from the&nbsp;<i>Learning to Crawl</i>&nbsp;prequel series. A more extreme example perhaps would be Doctor Octopus. While he did take over Peter's body and attempt to erase his personality, he ultimately learned from his mistakes and made the ultimate sacrifice to allow Peter to return, none of which would be possible if Spider-Man had left him to die in&nbsp;<i>Ends of the Earth</i>. That same compassion is what wins the day for the Spiders here. Karn has known nothing but cruelty from his family and has only ever done the things he's done to earn acceptance from them. This doesn't excuse him from his actions and he likely would have wound up dead if he was fighting another hero like Wolverine. Instead, the Spiders give him the opportunity to start what will be a long road to redemption.<br /><br />Talking of the Spiders, it was good to see Spider-Man India and the 616 Spider-Girl utilised alongside the more prominent variations like Spider-Punk Spider UK (Who should absolutely be played by Andrew Garfield if the worse comes to pass and Spidey is recast for his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe), as they've been somewhat underutilised up until now. Despite the larger number of Spiders present, each manages to get a moment here and most of them come off as pretty awesome, except for Ashley Barton who is just an arrogant grump, though that shouldn't be surprising given her unsavoury nickname in her home reality.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nFTh6HpfOtU/VO4us9HFV1I/AAAAAAAADJM/wu-JF0F7FLE/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-9.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nFTh6HpfOtU/VO4us9HFV1I/AAAAAAAADJM/wu-JF0F7FLE/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-9.png" height="320" width="206" /></a></div>Bugged has a lot going for it from the start as it features a complete reunion of the Spider-Girl creative team. It must no doubt be weird for Tom Defalco &amp; Ron Frenz to return to the character after Dan Slott introduced such a huge change in status-quo for Mayday Parker, but it doesn't show and they do a great job in conveying her anguish at losing her parents and boyfriend and her fear at losing the only thing she has left: her brother. The problem with this story lies in the pairing of Mayday with the Uncle Ben Spider-Man. While he's an interesting character in his own right, the pairing is just awkward and doesn't quite serve Mayday's story in the way it should. Ben doesn't really have anything to offer in terms of altering her current darker state of mind apart from the moment when he comments on her use of "with great power comes great responsibility", which was the best part of their exchange in my opinion. I honestly think that if the writers had more control over this story then they would have had Spider-Girl exchanging words with the mainstream Spider-Man rather than Uncle Ben, since she begins the story feeling as though all the Spider-Men are pale imitations of her dad. Peter earning her respect and convincing her that revenge is not the answer would have be more emotionally gripping than Ben simply telling her that she should get her emotions under control.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6CDkSM4WQn8/VO4jLQ5at1I/AAAAAAAADIE/06Dy7IS45Qw/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-2.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6CDkSM4WQn8/VO4jLQ5at1I/AAAAAAAADIE/06Dy7IS45Qw/s1600/SV%2BTU%2B%233-2.png" height="320" width="208" /></a></div>The art this issue is pretty good across the board. There are some parts of Dave Williams' work that are a little rushed, but he provides plenty of fun, dynamic action. The money shot of all five Spiders emerging from the portal is just that. I'll take a moment to comment on the designs of the characters. There's been a great degree of creativity on display where all the Spider-Men, Women and Animals are concerned. Spider-Punk &amp; Spider-UK in particular have very awesome costume designs, with the latter feeling more minimalist in comparison to Punk's full-blown gimmick-look. Karn also has an intimidating presence thanks to the ominous, steampunk-esque look of his helmet, and the fact that it clashes the rest of his outfit highlights his internal conflict. Consistently, Sal Buscema does a stronger job with Bugged. I really like the classic feel his artwork evokes. His version of Spider-Ham even looks closer to the original appearance of the character. There's plenty of detail in both the drawing and Buscema's inks and the colours by Andrew Crossley add to that perfectly, with a nice contrast between the bright colours of Spider-Girl's costume and the muted, darker background of the bunker.<br /><br />This isn't what you'd call a perfect end to this series (I wouldn't have minded if they'd forgone the second story and extended out the first with maybe a few extra Spider-People added to the line-up), but it's still very entertaining and boasts some great artwork, not to mention that this issue contains a major plot point in the overall story of Spider-Verse. Overall, this has been an entertaining series with the right amount of nostalgia and fun. It's been short, but very sweet...</div></h2><h2 style="text-align: center;">Score: 3.5/5.0</h2>Donovan McComishhttps://plus.google.com/108287658528695741957noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-28686962604992065382015-02-14T11:55:00.000+08:002015-02-14T11:55:46.878+08:00Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 14<div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-edsxcWCMS0w/VN7GawDl33I/AAAAAAAACXg/CWfIAWsKkhs/s1600/The%2BAmazing%2BSpider-Man%2B014%2Bcover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-edsxcWCMS0w/VN7GawDl33I/AAAAAAAACXg/CWfIAWsKkhs/s1600/The%2BAmazing%2BSpider-Man%2B014%2Bcover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a><b>The Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 14 review<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Spider-Verse: Part 6<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Web Warriors<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This issue begins with Silk already missing. We do not get any scenes showing how or when she got caught, but as Spider-Woman later explains, the Inheritors took her to the great hall to be sacrificed. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The Spider-Men port right in the centre of the battle just as Spider-Gwen is being attacked by Lady Verna’s Goblins. Peter (616) instinctively wants to get Gwen out of the way to safety, but this Gwen insists that she handle the situation herself. Needless to say, Gwen does take care of herself and thanks Peter for trusting her. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We next see Daemos, lost without his Father, Lord Solus, whom Kaine killed. Jennix however passes Daemos a crystal containing their father’s life force. If they ever recreate the cloning facility, they would be able to bring their father back to life. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Morlun proceeds with the ritual while the other Inheritors stop the hordes of Spider-Men coming their way, including Miles’ group of Web Warriors. Ultimate Jessica Drew also arrives with them. (Last seen at the cloning facility by herself) and finds a torn piece of Kaine’s suit. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zblMzpYHenw/VN7GbH91Z0I/AAAAAAAACXA/8lup-kYBkGM/s1600/blood%2Bsacrifice%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zblMzpYHenw/VN7GbH91Z0I/AAAAAAAACXA/8lup-kYBkGM/s1600/blood%2Bsacrifice%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a>Morlun successfully performs the ritual (of just taking some blood) on Kaine and Silk. He is about to do so with Baby Benjy when he is stopped by 616 Spider-Man and Spider-Ock. Spider-Uncle Ben, jumps into the great Web and teleports away from the battle. Spidey fights Morlun, taunting him, while Ock battles it out with Daemos and is soon assisted by Mayday Parker. May is still thirsty for revenge and wants to kill Daemos. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Morlun eventually rids himself of Parker and tries to perform the ritual on baby Ben, only to find that Uncle Ben Spidey had switched Baby Ben with a naked Spider-Ham, and had taken Baby Ben to safety. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Spider-Ham and Morlun fight for a while till Peter gets back on his feet and calls in more reinforcements – Spider-Man 2099, Lady Spider and Leopardon!<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Over at the battle between Spider-Girl and Daemos, May manages to steal Lord Solu’s life force from Daemos and is about to crush it. Morlun taunts Peter saying that he will eventually find Baby Ben and sacrifice him anyway. Upon hearing this, Ock decides to kill the Master Weaver, thus ending the Inheritors ability to teleport. This comes as a shock to everyone. Peter rebukes Ock saying that they are heroes, and heroes do not kill. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">Upon hearing this, Mayday pauses for a moment and sees Daemos on his knees begging for his father’s life. She then tells herself that she is Mayday Parker, daughter of Spider-Man and decides not to take vengeance. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mabXrQwNt9A/VN7GbG4gT_I/AAAAAAAACXE/1dakR7wFR_4/s1600/killing%2Bmaster%2Bweaver%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mabXrQwNt9A/VN7GbG4gT_I/AAAAAAAACXE/1dakR7wFR_4/s1600/killing%2Bmaster%2Bweaver%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">By now, Morlun is furious and begins sucking the life force out of Parker. The other Spiders try to help but Parker signals to them to stay put. While having his life force sucked out, Peter teleports both himself and Morlun to earth-3145, the world filled with radiation poisoning. Morlun begins to choke and Peter tells him to head to the bunker and never come out if he wants to live. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">All the other Inheritors are then somehow captured and thrown into earth – 3145 as well. Daemos, has suddenly become a timid dog, not wanting to attack and is confused at the Spider’s kindness in showing them mercy despite the evil they have done. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The scene ends with Peter being held in Silk’s arms, both still attracted to one another, but satisfied with just holding hands. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Thoughts<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal">As anyone reading this last issue would be thinking. This issue is way too rushed. So much so that part of the story just doesn’t make sense any more. There were some pretty good parts to this issue which will later be highlighted, but for the most part, there is no way the war could have ended that fast, especially not against such powerful enemies. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">For starters, how were the Inheritors, the powerful beings who could destroy anything that stood in their path, subdued by webbings at the end? Surely they could all easily break out and suck the life force from several Spider-Men at least. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">It could be argued that Karn, and Leopardon may have turned the tables of the battle, but still, it doesn’t quite add up. Also, Daemos’ character somehow takes a 180 degree turn following the death of his father. It was not even hinted once that Daemos shared such love for his father. It was even foretold that he would outlive his father. I’m not entirely sure what the big deal here was that caused Daemos to act like a puppy all of the sudden. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9Zo9rcPPdWk/VN7Gd0RHthI/AAAAAAAACXQ/OyGAmQjDhuI/s1600/puppy%2Bdaemos%2B(640x372).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9Zo9rcPPdWk/VN7Gd0RHthI/AAAAAAAACXQ/OyGAmQjDhuI/s1600/puppy%2Bdaemos%2B(640x372).jpg" height="372" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Also, why is it that Morlun did not just kill Silk when he performed the ritual, but instead took some blood from her palm! Didn’t this guy watch Pirates of the Caribbean?? Strangely however, when it came to baby Ben, he looks as though he was about to kill him! Why? Surely Silk poses more a threat than Baby Ben. He should have killer her and tried to take some blood from the baby’s palm instead. Wrong move Morlun.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Unfortuantely, we do not get to see any of Leopardon or Karn in action in this issue. All that effort by Spider-Man 2099 to get some radiation into Leopardon and we don’t even see it being used. Perhaps their point of view in the battle will be highlighted a little more in some other tie-ins. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Some of the better things in this issue included seeing Spider-Gwen kick the Goblin’s ass without help, Mayday Parker not crushing Lord Solus’ life force (though I would not have considered that murder) and reminding herself that she is the daughter of Spider-Man, seeing Spider-Ham tell Mayday that her dad would be proud of her if he was anything like him and strangely, I quite enjoyed the moment shared between Silk and Spider-Man at the end. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As for the element of surprise, I must say that this issue had a fair amount of it. Firstly, there was no way I saw the death of the Master Weaver as a possibility. Spider-Ock’s logic is undeniable. Killing the Master Weaver would mean the end of the Inheritor’s transportation from world to world. However, if Jennix is smart enough to perfect a cloning facility, I’m quite sure he would be able to make a teleportation device as well. Regardless, this act threw everyone off, especially Morlun. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The other thing that I did not expect was the switching of Baby Ben and Spider-Ham. There was <o:p></o:p></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ceAsDMtANyk/VN7GdUCcReI/AAAAAAAACXM/Up3xtkG3sgY/s1600/naked%2Bpig%2B(744x800).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ceAsDMtANyk/VN7GdUCcReI/AAAAAAAACXM/Up3xtkG3sgY/s1600/naked%2Bpig%2B(744x800).jpg" height="320" width="297" /></a></div>absolutely no inkling that the switch was taking place when Uncle Ben ran away from the battle. Considering the fact that he did not want to come to fight the Inheritors in the first place, him running away did not seem like and unbelievable act. <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">With the Inheritors currently occupying his old home, aka the bunker, Uncle Ben will have to find a new world to live in. Somehow I doubt he will be coming to earth 616. In my opinion, his best option is to stay with Mayday and help raise little Ben with the values that Peter once learned, causing Baby Ben to grow up and become the same hero his father was. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The next issue will be the epilogue to the Spider-Verse, where we will probably see a much awaited conversation between Otto and Peter. As it is, in this issue, there is a panel where Ock is already devising a plan at the mention of going home by some of the other Spider-Men. I am also curious to find out what exactly became of Kaine when the Other was killed. Is this really the last we will see of the Scarlet Spider? We also know that Spider-Verse will tie in to Marvel’s newer event – <i>Secret Wars, </i>so it will not be the last we see of these new characters. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Overall, a really average issue though. It was a little too rushed and just didn’t make sense. Then again, its comics people! <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5165547551375703657.post-14401942719878306332015-02-06T14:53:00.001+08:002015-02-06T14:57:16.625+08:00Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 8<div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KLUgjom5Q2A/VNRjKpP3tpI/AAAAAAAACWQ/D92j7NVyaXY/s1600/Spider-Man%2B2099%2B8%2Bcover%2B(416x640).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KLUgjom5Q2A/VNRjKpP3tpI/AAAAAAAACWQ/D92j7NVyaXY/s1600/Spider-Man%2B2099%2B8%2Bcover%2B(416x640).jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a><b>Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 8<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Spider-Verse: Tie in<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Fortunately enough, the contents of this issue are not already spoiled in <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/01/amazing-spider-man-v3-13.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 1</a>3 much like <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/02/spider-woman-3.html" target="_blank">Spider-Woman # 3</a> and <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/01/scarlet-spiders-3.html" target="_blank">Scarlet Spiders # 3. </a><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We last saw Spider-Man 2099 and Lady&nbsp; Spider landing at the safe zone, only to find that it is not so safe anymore. Lady Spider goes into a slight depression, thinking that everyone had been killed. Moments later however, Miguel spots an anomaly that turns out to be the remains of the giant robot – <i>Leopardon ( Last seen in <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/01/amazing-spider-man-v3-12.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 12</a>)</i><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Miguel has the idea to fix the robot, but needs a lab big enough to fit all the giant robot parts. Lady Spider says she knows of a place, which we later find out belongs to Harold Osborn’s father. Harold agrees to let Lady Spider use the lab on the condition that May go out to dinner with him. ( He does not know that they are one and the same). <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Harold’s father however, much like Harry's (616 universe), father is none other than the Green Goblin! Naturally Mr Osborn agrees as soon as he hears that Lady Spider wishes to use the facility. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Spider-Man 2099 and Lady Spider teleport the robot to the facility piece by piece. After a little experimenting, they almost manage to get the robot live. Spidey 2099 however has the idea of adding radiation to the robot, seeing that through their autopsy, they found out that radiation is the Inheritors’ weakness.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4R25GTfo1kI/VNRjL2vOgOI/AAAAAAAACWo/YeOpxQ62gDw/s1600/radiation%2Bneeded%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4R25GTfo1kI/VNRjL2vOgOI/AAAAAAAACWo/YeOpxQ62gDw/s1600/radiation%2Bneeded%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;Unfortunately radiation is only just being discovered in that timeline. Before they can come up with a conclusion, Harold walks into the room, unknowingly followed &nbsp;by the Six men of Sinestry. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Some pretty cool fight scenes take place including Leopardon coming to life briefly, though in parts, and Spider-Man 2099 slicing the Goblin’s throat and tricking him into believing that he would soon bleed to death. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kl-6nCGbQq8/VNRjKgMsvBI/AAAAAAAACWU/XOx3WlF800E/s1600/goblins%2Bthroat%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kl-6nCGbQq8/VNRjKgMsvBI/AAAAAAAACWU/XOx3WlF800E/s1600/goblins%2Bthroat%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lLPkefIKFE0/VNRjLuiHG0I/AAAAAAAACWg/LfgBYaPihNw/s1600/leopardon%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lLPkefIKFE0/VNRjLuiHG0I/AAAAAAAACWg/LfgBYaPihNw/s1600/leopardon%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">More notably however, when Dr Octopus is knocked out, Spider-Man 2099 realizes he can use Ock’s radioactive power center for his arms to bring Leopardon to life. Once fixed, Leopardon, Spider-Man 2099 and Lady Spider travel to help their friends out on Loomworld. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In the epilogue, Harold wakes up and goes to see his father. Unfortunately, he sees his father in the gobbling costume, leaving his father no choice but to shoot Harold. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Thoughts<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal">If you are wondering how Spider-Man 2099 would know where the others are, or that they are evens still alive, there was a scene I skipped, which was pretty much a repeat from <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2015/01/amazing-spider-man-v3-13.html" target="_blank">Amazing Spider-Man # 13</a>, where Peter Parker Spider-Man makes a call to Miguel asking him for his assistance to battle it out on Loomworld. The conversation did not exactly happen as it did in Amazing, but the general idea is there. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I was pretty glad that this issue was not simply a rehash of what happened in the other tie-in books, which is how it is supposed to be. The slight romantic development between Harold and May was also pretty cute. Unfortunately for her, that dinner date she has with Harold is never going to happen, unless of course Harold survives the gunshot. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The return of Leopardon was a pleasant surprise that was not at all expected. When I read Amazing Spider-Man # 13, I wondered what it was that Miguel was up to that was so important. In this book, we learn not only what they were up to, but what they learnt from the autopsy, which was kept secret from the reader. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Though the fact that radiation affects the Inheritors is not news at all since we all knew that from the very beginning, it was neat to see that at least one of the Spider-Men decided to use it against the Inheritors. I would say it was a clever move, but really, this should have been done long ago by Peter Parker (616) since he knew of this weakness long before any autopsy, or any radiation infected world was discovered. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The fight scenes between the Six Men of Sinestry and our Spider-Friends was most entertaining. As I mentioned the first time I read about Lady Spider and the Six Men of Sinestry in <a href="http://www.spidermanreviews.com/2014/12/spider-verse-1.html" target="_blank">Spider-Verse # 1</a> , I would certainly follow a series following Lady Spider in this world. I would also have liked to see Spider-Man Noir turn up in this world with Lady Spider.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p><br /></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal">From the scenes in the comic, it appeared as though the Goblin was not aware that his son had also come into the facility. He had no intention of revealing himself to his son, and certainly not to kill him. I do have some suspicions however that Harold may not actually be dead but is probably knocked out cold and will be given some serum to turn him into a hobgoblin of some sort, thus making Lady Spider’s romantic life more complicated. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ijol8FUKtZ0/VNRjKrxWBgI/AAAAAAAACWY/N8fmwrr8vUw/s1600/harold%2Bosborn%2B(666x1024).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ijol8FUKtZ0/VNRjKrxWBgI/AAAAAAAACWY/N8fmwrr8vUw/s1600/harold%2Bosborn%2B(666x1024).jpg" height="640" width="416" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>bulletproofspongehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02175601738329319766noreply@blogger.com