Dave Galanter
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Dave Phelps

Subj: Spider-Man Revisited 39: Peter David Part One
Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 at 12:24:48 pm EDT (Viewed 25 times)

Original opinion: His early stuff was enjoyable (esp. Web #13), but it was in the days before I paid attention to who was actually writing the things. Then I missed Spec #108 and, by my policies at the time (I was 11 and fickle I guess \:\-\) ), dropped the series for awhile. I started picking the series up again with #125 and stuck around so I was there for the tail end of his first run, which was good. Then years passed and I got more familiar with his work, picked up the rest of his Spec run, and hoped he would get a chance to do more with the character. So I was thrilled when Waid dropped out of FNSM and PAD got the gig. Unfortunately, he never really got the chance to do all that much since Joe Q was busy setting up his “fix” for Spider-Man and everything turned into servicing the latest Big Spider-Man Event. That said, I think PAD did a really good job with what he had to work with.

Spec #103 (Compulsion)
Bored college students create a fake super-villain (the Blaze) to play a prank on Spider-Man and he tries to return the favor. I don’t think it stuck, though.

ASM #266 (Spring is in the Air)
It’s the Toad, Frog Man and Spider Kid battling to see who is worthy of becoming Spider-Man’s sidekick. Not that he wants one… The band together as the Misfits as the end, which was the original name for a team book with Sunspot and Warlock of New Mutants fame. (It was changed to Fallen Angels before publication.) I was rather bummed when the series came out and the original three Misfits were nowhere to be found. And a nice moment with Bambi on the rooftop.

ASM #267 (The Commuter Cometh)
Spidey tracks the luckiest burglar alive to the suburbs and discovers that his methods aren’t quite designed for that environment. (“Wanna borrow my big wheel?”) (He’d later find out that the burglar’s good luck wasn’t quite the problem.)

Spec #105-106 (No Fury)
A team-up with the Wasp (and, sort of, Paladin) to uncover the truth behind the brutal slaying of a union leader. The Wasp steals the show on this one.

Web #7 (Welcome to My Nightmare)
A sequel to Hulk #299, of all things. Nightmare is being chased by a “dream manifestation” of the Hulk and pulls in Spider-Man to help. It doesn’t really turn out well for any of them.

Spec Ann #5, 6 (Ace, Ace II)
Spider-Man vs. Michael Jackson (okay fine, it’s a former gang leader with mysterious abilities (not the least of which is to piss off everyone who encounters him) who just looks kinda like 80s Michael Jackson). He starts off making sure to stay out of the gang violence in his neighborhood, but then is convinced it would be better to get involved. Then he’s convinced it would be better to stay uninvolved so he grabs his sister and leaves. Whatever works? Oh, and we first meet Joy Mercado in Spec Ann #5. Whatever happened to her, anyway?

Spec #107-110 (The Death of Jean DeWolff)
Lots going on in this one. First, we finally get some real insight into Jean DeWolff just in time for her untimely passing. The one downside to a series like Spider-Man, which has had a fair number of casualties, is that some good characters just never seem to make the “honored dead” list anymore. Poor Jean has practically been forgotten, along with characters like Lance Bannon, Nathan Lubensky, etc. Aunt May accidentally gives Peter’s secret identity away to Daredevil (at least he returns the favor at the end) and there’s an interesting look at law vs. justice. A Spider-Man writer finally makes use of the idea that bullets don’t magically vanish after Spider-Man dodges them. And Spider-Man gets realllllly pissed off at the bad guy (the Sin-Eater), although we won’t see the repercussions of that for awhile. Crazy stuff.

Web #12 (Law and Order)
Following up on Web #11, Peter’s apartment is torched, the three punks he beat up last issue keep escalating things and he doesn’t know what to do. Peter makes his peace with the punks, but ticks everyone else off instead.

Spec #112 (You Never Make a Sound)
Featuring Kyle Baker’s “Santa Claus as the Terminator” cover. A mall Santa has been moonlighting as a petty thief and he makes the mistake of breaking into Peter’s neighbor’s place. (Turns out Bambi has a son.) Spider-Man has trouble stopping him, but fortunately the real Santa is there to save the day. And to help Peter make plans for Christmas Day. (Oh, and MJ’s answering machine message uses “Tiger,” so I guess I can’t knock the BND’s use of the term after all.) Also featuring the return of the Black Cat, who decides to do the Robin Hood route.

Web #13 (Point of View)
Spider-Man saves the life of a guy nearly hit by a truck and the Daily Bugle makes it sound like he tried to kill the guy. So Peter’s finally had enough of the bad press and goes to teach Jonah a lesson. Fortunately for everyone, Jonah talks Spider-Man down. Good stuff. (That’s actually how I feel about all of these, so in the name of avoiding repetition, you won’t see too much in the way of personal opinions.)

Spec #113 (Mayhem!)
Back during the Jean DeWolff story, one of Aunt May’s boarders was mugged. So he started carrying a gun and the next time he accosted, he shots the kids. Now they want revenge and they break into Aunt May’s house to get it. Then the cops show up and things escalate a tad. Spider-Man sneaks in and takes care of them, but Nathan Lubensky shows a darker side and opens the blinds, which gets the leader of the kids shot down.

And now we’ll make like Aunt May’s heart after that story, and break.



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