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Subj: Re: Spider-Man Revisited 32: Terry Kavanagh
Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 at 04:25:51 pm EDT (Viewed 7 times)
Reply Subj: Spider-Man Revisited 32: Terry Kavanagh
Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 at 06:12:42 pm EDT (Viewed 174 times)
Easily the worst Spider-writer ever in my opinion...as bad as a Zimmerman but he would never go away. One thing that is interesting to note though: as bad as I thought these stories were I still shelled out my dough and bought the books because I thought there was a continuity to the unfolding saga and that even the bad stories mattered. Some (not all) of the post-OMD stories are actually much better than the Kavanagh work but I just can't bring myself to shell out for them because that sense of unfolding continuity is just gone. These horrible nineties books mattered but the new ones just don't.
Quote: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, itâ€™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?)
Okayâ€¦ so Spider-Man sees half of Captain Britainâ€™s staff (from the early days) at the Daily Bugle and thereâ€™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 itâ€™s not really the Juggernaut itâ€™s Captain Britain but Captain Britain thinks Spider-Manâ€™s the Juggernaut and Captain Britainâ€™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 isnâ€™t known for agility and sticking to walls and the true enemies are revealed to be Nightmare and Dâ€™Spayre so Spider-Man and Excalibur attack but then Excalibur are all killed except for Captain Britain (whoâ€™s ticked) and Spider-Man looks at Rachelâ€™s corpse sees something weird and then heâ€™s flying into battle surrounded by the Phoenix Effect complete with a FWAAAASH asking â€œIs there room for a hungryâ€¦ Spider-Phoenix?!â€ and he destroys Nightmare and Dâ€™Spayre since theyâ€™re really robots and just as Spidey and Captain Britain start to realize theyâ€™re being duped (â€œlet me guessâ€”an unnecessarily aggressive gargoyleâ€¦?â€) theyâ€™re attacked by Silvermane, Tarantula, Rhino, Dr. Octopus, Vulture, Scorpion, Green Goblin (donâ€™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 Arcadeâ€™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 artistâ€¦
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 Enemyâ€™s Enemy)
Blood Rose is back and still trying to kill the remnants of the Kingpinâ€™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 isnâ€™t really Richard. Heâ€™s Richardâ€™s old buddy Alfredo who took Richardâ€™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 â€œthe new Enforcers,â€ 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, tooâ€¦ 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 didnâ€™t sit well at all (even though itâ€™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 Bendisâ€™ Daredevil run, back in Kingpinâ€™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 superâ€¦ beings: Dementia, Vortex and Shard â€“ the Cadre (and yes, those are their birth names). They wander around and inadvertently cause trouble until a mysterious blonde lady whisks them away. Iâ€™ll give Kavanagh points for trying to build a full backstory behind them, but since any follow-ups were done in Moon Knight stories Iâ€™ve never read I canâ€™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 DCâ€™s attempts to do the same with Bloodlinesâ€¦)
Web #101-103 â€“ part of Maximum Carnage, which will be covered under Micheline
Web #104-106 (Crisis of Conscience)
Spider-Manâ€™s contribution to the Infinity Crusade. His deep feeling that with great power comes great responsibility â€œqualifiedâ€ him to be snagged by the Goddess and help her efforts. He questions the rightness of it all, since thatâ€™s what he does, and gets in lots of fights with other heroes (both the ones with the Goddess and the ones against). Itâ€™s okay. Meanwhile, Betty and Robbie are investigating suspicious dealings involving Marla Jameson, leading toâ€¦
Web #107-108 (Eye of the Storm)
Spider-Man and Sandman vs. Quicksand and new villain/victim of scientific accident Sandstorm. Why? Iâ€™m not entirely sure. But Marla wasnâ€™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 donâ€™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 canâ€¦ well, because he wanted to go home. Also introducing walking bounty hunter clichÃ© Warrant, who I actually thought had potential. The Lizard apparently gets blown up.
And from there itâ€™s all clone saga so I guess weâ€™re done.
Quote:In summaryâ€¦ cut out #97-100 and Iâ€™d say he was okay. That story brought him down a lot in my eyes, though.
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