Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Half awake snap judgements; Friendly Neighberhood Spider-Man #6

This is the first non-Silver Age Spider-Man comic I've bought in single issue form since Dan Slott and Ty Templeton's Spider-Man/Human Torch mini. And the issues I bought of that don't really count, since they were Silver Age pastiches. Excellent ones, but still. Before that, it was the first issue of Mark Millar and Terry Dodson's Marvel Knights Spider-Man. Which was not excellent at all. So it's been awhile. I ignored the Other and most everything else in Spidey-land since, hell, Sins Past or so. But hey, Spider-Man fighting a luchador is enough to draw me in, and I've liked some of Peter David's work in the past.

And I liked this. I thought the script was really strong. It lacked the puns I've seen old PAD (what the hell does the D stand for, anyway?) raked over the coles for indulging, had some genuinely funny lines, and an interesting plot. I'm not much for Roger Cruz's crosshatched art, but it at least told the story coherently, and thankfully looked like he had actually watched a wrestling match before. The mystical elements are kinda cheesy, and boy is that costume lame, but I can live with that because hey, it's Spider-Man vs. a luchador. I'd like to see any of you come up with a better hook. Try! You will fail miserably. Because you can't. So don't.

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Anonymous Zard said...

Poor Flash Thompson--the JL got their hands on him.

3/16/2006 12:34:00 AM  
Blogger Nimbus said...

It lacked the puns I've seen old PAD (what the hell does the D stand for, anyway?)

The D stands for David. I thought that'd be obvious, given that his name's Peter David.

Oh, and the A stands for Allen. In case you wondered. :)

3/16/2006 04:41:00 AM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

Bates- Thanks for answering my implied question about the A. Smartass.

Zard- That Zatanna sure gets around.

3/16/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Vitamin Steve said...

I was all into it, until those damn stingers showed up.

Damn it.


3/16/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I don't quite get the hatred for the stingers. Can someone explain to me why they're bad, regardless of context (like this one, where they come out involuntarily and end up making the situation worse)?

3/16/2006 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Because. Spider-Man. Isn't. Wolverine.

3/17/2006 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

And I fail to see how the stingers make him like Wolverine.

No, really. He's not chomping on cigars, being belligerent towards Cap, saying nonsense words like "flamin'" or "Canucklehead," or killing his enemies. He is, amazingly, pretty much the exact same character as before, just with these little... things that come out of his wrists.

And I don't really see the connection with Wolverine's claws either. Superficial differences (like how Wolvie's claws come out of the top of his hands, Peter's stingers out of the undersides of his wrists, etc.) aside, the stingers are actually a much less dangerous weapon than the claws. As we've seen here, they contain some kind of drug that knocks out opponents, which a far sight nicer than anything Wolverine's ever done with his claws.

So, again, I don't quite get the knee-jerk gnashing and wailing of teeth at this. But then, I liked Kyle Rayner when he first showed up, so I'm obviously missing some jumping-to-conclusions gene.

3/18/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Apodaca said...

I think that a lot of the hatred for the stingers comes from their fundamental contradiction to what we've always known about Spider-Man. He's never been a weapon-using hero. He's got the webs to get around and tie people up, but any fighting he does is acrobatics and fisticuffs.

And then all of the sudden he has bone spikes that come out of his wrists and claw/arms sticking out of his back. It pulls the character too far away from Peter Parker, and dissolves the everyman quality that made him so famous.

It's like saying Batman's gonna start using guns now, but only for non-lethal shots. That caveat's not really enough to hide the fact that this is a major change in who and what the character is.

3/19/2006 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

Spiders don't have stingers. They inject venom through their mouth parts. That's why you get a "spider bite," by contrast with, say, a "bee sting." (Here's an idea: let's give Batman a new suit! On the front will be a black silhouette of a pony!)

Not that I'm saying that Peter should have instead gotten venomous fangs as part of his new body. Actually, I don't think Peter needed a new body or a new suit. Better stories, however....

Oh, and spiders don't have three legs sticking out of their back either.

3/20/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Angela Dixon said...

Nice post! Can’t wait for the next one. Keep stuff like this coming.

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