Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #6

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This series CONTINUES to be one of the absolute best that Marvel is putting out right now. Maybe that’s a big statement to make. But y’know, just an opinion. At least that’s how I feel after finishing an issue like this one, though.

Issue #6 starts a new story arc. And it’s a doozy. So Professor X invites the Parker-Watsons to come visit the school… because he thinks that Annie should attend. Maybe you don’t immediately get the implication here: this Spider-Man book is officially crossing over into the X-Men.

Even more awesome: It’s an alternate timeline X-Men. One where the Civil War never even happened. Indeed things are totally different here… as such, appearances from Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Magneto and so on will feel like a great surprise.

I love where this is going, and hope the story sticks around for a while. It’s like, just when you thought you knew what to expect from an already original book; the writers throw this surprise turn of events at you. It’s totally different from issues 1-5 and yet feels totally genuine to the tone of the series.

Deadpool · Spider-Man

Spider-Man/Deadpool #16

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Now this is more like it!

I didn’t love the last part of “Til Dead Do Us…” that appeared in Mercs For Money #9, but this one gets things back on track. I really like the team-up of Spidey, Wade and Cami Van Helsing. And guess where they go? To Latveria! And guess what they do? They confront Dracula! And guess how? …by playing video games with him.

Oh man, this story is just really funny and a total blast. With only two issues left, I’ll be bummed to see this mini-series come to an end. It’s been a lot of fun.

Deadpool · Spider-Man

Spider-Man/Deadpool #15

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Okay, so Part 2 of “Til Death Do Us…” is pretty great. I’m really enjoying this mini-series, and I like how it’s spread out over multiple Deadpool series. First of all, it’s so fun to see Deadpool, Spider-Man and Blade all working together. Plus we’ve been introduced to Cami, a decedent of Van Helsing. So guess what that means? Next issue we’ll be getting Dracula involved in this story. Honestly, this little mini-series has actually been much cooler than all the main Monsters Unleashed stuff going on. It has a decidedly 90’s feel to me.

This issue was also very funny. I loved when Deadpool tells Blade he should have been nominated for an Oscar for New Jack City. But there’s also some really sweet moments, like when Deadpool walks away from a battle with Shiklah and tells her he loves her and she just replies “I know.” Deadpool has always been a complicated character, and Joshua Corin – the writer here – seems to get that. This is a blast!

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

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Whelp, I hate to sound like a broken record but this series just continues to be top notch. And what’s better is that now it feels like the who intro is out of the way and that this is comfortably an ongoing series.

This issue finds our family figuring out how to spend Family Fun Night (Tuesday) even though the parents are exhausted. Oh, and that somehow turns into a battle with Sandman. We also get some more insight into a young Harry Osborn. This is continually excellent stuff. Great writing, great family dynamic, and great stories that mix the mundane with superhero-isms.

Also, I’m very excited that it looks like next issue will be an X-Men crossover!

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

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This issue finally delivers what we’ve been leading up to: the family fighting together. It’s a cool issue with a battle against the Mole Man. I liked that he even made a nod to the Fantastic Four. The series continues with solid heartfelt writing. Like how Peter and MJ argue about parenting in the middle of this battle, and how Annie feels ignored. The artwork is also wonderful. I continue to enjoy this series very much. Oh, and I’m curious about this ten year old version of Norman Osborn?

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3

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Issue #3 is another great example of why this series is so beloved already. In issue #1 we saw a story start to unfold from the perspective of Spider-Man; in issue #2 it was MJ’s take. Now we’re seeing how it happened to their daughter, Annie and then it all culminates in bringing the three together and leaving us with a “to be continued…” with the family as a team.

In giving us an issue each for all three characters, the series has started by making each feel personal and human to the reader. I love that. Instead of juggling all three in one book, we get to feel for each member of the family. This is truly great writing.

The art is also fantastic. And I love that they’re up against The Moleman of all foes. This is easily one of my favorite on-going series right now.

Spider-Man · TPB

Spiderman: Torment

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Alright don’t laugh, but I’ve compiled a list of about twenty-five comics from the 90’s that I want to read. It’s sort of a crash-course syllabus in 90’s comics, if you will. I go into this knowing full well that many folks consider the 90’s to be a terrible time for comics (namely, Marvel comics) but I’m not doing this for torture. Nope. It’s because the 90’s are when I was most actively into comic books. But I was a kid. I couldn’t keep up with full series. I’d just read what I could get my hands on. Now I’ve got a chance to go back and read all the stuff that I wished I had back then. Oh, and I’m trying to do this chronologically – at least loosely by year.

I begin with Spider-Man: Torment. The only thing I remember about this series was awesome Todd McFarlane covers. The book itself is full of also awesome McFarlane artwork. But the story… eh.

The short version is that some voodoo witch lady has taken control of The Lizard. And he goes nuts and basically tortures Spidey for five issues. My main problem is the storytelling – or lack there of. There’s barely any dialogue. It’s also just basically being narrated. And a lot of it is just fractured thoughts and single words. Many of which are repeated way too much: “Pain.” “Poison.” “Doom.” Ugh, enough!

Meanwhile Mary Jane is out for a night on the town. She worries about Peter – what he’s doing, if he’s okay, if he’ll be home soon. But really nothing happens with her. She’s just there… because MJ has to be there?

And in the end The Lizard does fall, but that voodoo witch lady? I don’t know. She takes off. And that’s it. We should conclude what? This to me feels like a classic case of a great artist with some great art to show off, but not much story to hold it all together. Oh well.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2

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Man, Renew Your Vows is totally my favorite Spider-Man thing right now. And this feels like a more grounded take on the life of Peter Parker, which I prefer over say the Peter “Stark” Parker that appears in the current Avengers series. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a fan of that series, but I definitely find this take on Spider-Man the most interesting right now.

What makes this series so interesting so far is how it’s still a Spider-Man book… but it focuses on Peter’s life as both a husband and a father. And more importantly, he’s not the star of the book at all. You get to take in MJ’s perspective on things as well: feeling pushed aside by her husband for his work; trying to juggle her own career and raising a child as well. Scenes like MJ swinging from webs while trying to get their daughter to school on time AND having an inner monologue about trying to plan a birthday party… it’s all very banal in a fantastical way. This is brilliant writing right here.