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Subj: Amazing Spider-Man#42: Gog With The Wind
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 at 03:28:56 pm CDT (Viewed 258 times)

Outside of a couple of pages, Peter and Boomerang take a back seat entriely so the issue can spend time fleshing out Gog's backstory and how he came to protect the remnants of the Life Stone (or "Tslin" as it's known in his dimension). We see how Gog befriended a small alien boy and was raised by him...until his planet came under attack and the family were forced to evacuate.

Gog is seperated from the boy, and winds up on Earth where he's found by Kraven, from there we get flashbacks to his classic apperances, including his stint on the Sinister Six and what happened to him afterwards. He is returned to his dimension by Reed Richards and winds up in the middle of a war, where he reunites with the boy he was raised by,...but he is just as swiftly killed in an explosion.

The boy's mother reveals she had thought the Tslin was a gift with which she could use to take the power back to her people, but now believes it has brought nothing but death. She smashes it into pieces and tells Gog to take the fragments back to Earth and look over a vital portion. Back in the present, Gog attacks Peter and Boomerang

My thoughts

A great issue exploring a sympathetic past for Gog, and making us fully understand his mission. The touching moments with the boy and their reunion on the battlefield is almost darkly comical due to the kiddish artwork from Ottley. I don't think it's as bleak as how Spencer dealt with the Gibbon alas, but it was a breezy read that touched base on all of Gog's previous adventures, including my fondly treasured Revenge of the Sinister Six tale.

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