Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Dave Phelps

Subj: Spider-Man Revisited 32: Terry Kavanagh
Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 at 06:12:42 pm EDT (Viewed 174 times)

Original opinion: The occasional neat moment but overall pretty mediocre. Not big on actually ending stories.

Web #77-78 (Toast of the Town)
Spider-Man follows a homeless woman (Anna) into the sewers and helps out a couple of Morlocks while the new Firebrand (same suit, but without the political aspects) burns down a homeless shelter that just opened up and was hosting a gala featuring the entire supporting cast. And Cloak & Dagger show as some sort of follow-up to the tail end of their last ongoing. Jonah has a nice moment at the end. It was okay.

Web #79-80 (First Blood)
Spider-Man fights a killer android sent by Silvermane to snag him and loses. Fortunately, it’s Black Cat to the rescue. It was okay.

SM #19-20 (Diabolique)
Spider-Man vs. Diablo in a museum. It was okay.

SM #25 (Why Me?)
Okay… so Spider-Man sees half of Captain Britain’s staff (from the early days) at the Daily Bugle and there’s a note attached from Captain Britain asking for help and so Spider-Man goes to London where he gets hit by a gargoyle and then shunted down a tube and then he runs into the Juggernaut only it’s not really the Juggernaut it’s Captain Britain but Captain Britain thinks Spider-Man’s the Juggernaut and Captain Britain’s teammates from Excalibur are there (including Phoenix (Rachel, not Jean) who was supposed to be in space recovering from near death at the time) and they all attack but then Excalibur gets confused because the Juggernaut isn’t known for agility and sticking to walls and the true enemies are revealed to be Nightmare and D’Spayre so Spider-Man and Excalibur attack but then Excalibur are all killed except for Captain Britain (who’s ticked) and Spider-Man looks at Rachel’s corpse sees something weird and then he’s flying into battle surrounded by the Phoenix Effect complete with a FWAAAASH asking “Is there room for a hungry… Spider-Phoenix?!” and he destroys Nightmare and D’Spayre since they’re really robots and just as Spidey and Captain Britain start to realize they’re being duped (“let me guess—an unnecessarily aggressive gargoyle…?”) they’re attacked by Silvermane, Tarantula, Rhino, Dr. Octopus, Vulture, Scorpion, Green Goblin (don’t know which one), Vermin and the Lizard only those are robots too which are made short work of and it all turns out to be the work of Arcade who I guess holds a grudge from that Marvel Team-Up story so with the help of Meggan who poses as Arcade’s assistant Miss Locke Cap and Spidey trick Arcade into confessing what he did and make him frown.

And I had a lot more fun typing that than actually reading it. Maybe if Alan Davis had been the artist…

ASM #375 (Echoes)
I normally don't cover back-ups that don't feature Spider-Man directly, but what the heck. The Chameleon's reaction to the death of Kraven is finally addressed and he makes mention to a final trap. Gee, I wonder what that could mean? (Hint, we're about halfway into the return of Peter's parents storyline.)

Web #97-100 (My Enemy’s Enemy)
Blood Rose is back and still trying to kill the remnants of the Kingpin’s empire. Richard Fisk washes onto a deserted island, is nursed back to health and toughened up by a mysterious guy named Trench. Richard discovers that Trench has a weird costume, steals one of the gloves, renames himself Gauntlet, and goes back to the New York. Then we find out Richard isn’t really Richard. He’s Richard’s old buddy Alfredo who took Richard’s place as part of the plan to bring the Kingpin down and went nuts along the way. The real Richard is Blood Rose. A big fight ensues, featuring Trench (now calling himself Nightwatch), Gauntlet, Blood Rose and “the new Enforcers,” a completely random hodgepodge of villains (led by Madame Menace, Mentallo, Fixer, Controller and Mr. Fear) who were never seen as a team again. And they seemed so ambitious, too… And, lest we forget, the classic(?) Spider-Armor makes its first and only appearance. I really liked Name of the Rose, so messing with the ending didn’t sit well at all (even though it’s like Mackie that instigated it rather than Kavanagh). And the New Enforcers were just too random and pointless. (Richard Fisk was caught at the end and, presumably, went to prison. He was next seen in Bendis’ Daredevil run, back in Kingpin’s organization with a receding hairline and a lot more weaselly. Guess prison changes a guy.)

Web Ann #9 (Chaos is the Cadre!)
Introducing three mysterious young super… beings: Dementia, Vortex and Shard – the Cadre (and yes, those are their birth names). They wander around and inadvertently cause trouble until a mysterious blonde lady whisks them away. I’ll give Kavanagh points for trying to build a full backstory behind them, but since any follow-ups were done in Moon Knight stories I’ve never read I can’t say whether this was the beginning of something interesting or just a random series of events only done because the mandate for the annuals that year was to create new characters. (Which was only slightly less successful than DC’s attempts to do the same with Bloodlines…)

Web #101-103 – part of Maximum Carnage, which will be covered under Micheline

Web #104-106 (Crisis of Conscience)
Spider-Man’s contribution to the Infinity Crusade. His deep feeling that with great power comes great responsibility “qualified” him to be snagged by the Goddess and help her efforts. He questions the rightness of it all, since that’s what he does, and gets in lots of fights with other heroes (both the ones with the Goddess and the ones against). It’s okay. Meanwhile, Betty and Robbie are investigating suspicious dealings involving Marla Jameson, leading to…

Web #107-108 (Eye of the Storm)
Spider-Man and Sandman vs. Quicksand and new villain/victim of scientific accident Sandstorm. Why? I’m not entirely sure. But Marla wasn’t doing anything wrong, so all is well.

SM #41-43 (Storm Warnings)
Spider-Man and Iron Fist team up to stop an illegal arms dealer (called ARMS) from selling armored battle suits. The first guy they encountered wearing a suit called himself Platoon and the name was used for his buddies as well. Spidey and Fist beat up all the suits and AIM takes care of ARMS (they don’t like the competition).

Web #109-111 (The Savaging)
The Lizard gets broken out of the Vault by Calypso, who he promptly kills (tsk) and then goes on a savage rampage so he can… well, because he wanted to go home. Also introducing walking bounty hunter cliché Warrant, who I actually thought had potential. The Lizard apparently gets blown up.

And from there it’s all clone saga so I guess we’re done.

In summary… cut out #97-100 and I’d say he was okay. That story brought him down a lot in my eyes, though.

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