Although the books are a day delayed this week, my store gets a couple of samples early so I went early and got one.
First, Not enough story (24 pages $3.99) My two problems are so few paages are together.other than the beginning it's apage of story then an advertisement. Marvel might not be able to control that.
Second (filler) 11 pages of background. Nothing new there as far as I can tell. Anyone who reads the book regularly knows this stuff and it's already been printed in the Marvel handbook to Spiderman. All that stuff is the reason for the $3.99 price.
Now the story:
I thought the focus on paying for May's care was good and the dialogue was believable. My only gripe was the doctor'smention of moving May to the "Charity Care ward" Hospitals have charity care wards?
The doctor recognizing Peter wasn't any surprise as he has been in the news all the time. His wife still has her redhair andis well known. Certainly if the doctor recognized them others in the hospital would. The doctor also showed them them newspaper with the headline "SpidermanUnmasked"That papermust be months old. What they don't have new papers andmagazinein the waiting room?
The Iron Man Spidey fight. Well done. Parts of the fight have been shown in that free comic book day issue but here we see the rest.
Jarvis' arrival was a pleasant surprise.I had forgotten about himandMay developing a relationship.I knew earlier that Stark would foot the bill regardless.
I really liked this issue. That said, I have to admit that it's very hard for Marvel writers to disappoint me. The hint in the book was Peter's thinking that he will do whatever it takes to helpMay "even if it means storming the gates of hell itself" Sounds like Mephisto but all the posters here have been indicating Loki.
Also on future issues of the storyline Dr. Strange is pictured. I don't think Strange is going to want to help Peter. Just recently in World War Hulk he was asked to banish Hulk to another faraway place but he refused saying something like "We created the problemwe have to deal with it."
> Second (filler) 11 pages of background. Nothing new there as far as I can tell. Anyone who reads the book regularly knows this stuff and it's already been printed in the Marvel handbook to Spiderman. All that stuff is the reason for the $3.99 price.
There are a lot of people who don't pick up the Handbooks or the Essentials, haven't read Spidey since the 60s..or the 70s..or the 80s..or the 90s! and don't know his whole story. This Handbook profile was the most complete Spider-Man profile ever written since the days of the Original and Deluxe Editions to the present. It combines elements from the Spider-Man 2004 Handbook, 2005 and 2007 Updates, Legacy 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s Handbooks, plus some new stuff filled in-between and at the end. I didn't have access to the actual story itself (Marvel is keeping it very Top Secret), so I missed "Peter Morgan" as an alias.
I apologize to the Spider-Community for screwing up in the last paragraph, writing "in a run-down motel" twice. I thought I forgot to add in his current "home", inserted it redundantly at the last minute in my final proof, and didn't see I had already written it right in front of my face!
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe