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Spider-Man Crawspace Reviews @Marvel The Amazing Spider-Man #700.3


Here is today's Guest Review from the guys at Spider-Man Crawlspace for Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man #700.3. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.


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The Amazing Spider-Man #700.3 - The Black Lodge Part One: Convalescence; Cat & Mouse


Continuing the special celebration of THE ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN from Man of Action's Joe Casey & Tim Green (AVENGERS ACADEMY)!

What is the Black Lodge? And how has Spider-Man been trapped there, surrounded by his deadliest foes? Then, the Black Cat and Spider-Man team-up to bust an international art thievery ring in CAT & MOUSE by Jen Van Meter (CAPTAIN MARVEL) and Emma Rios (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN).

Finally, a young boy must learn he can't rely on super heroes like Spider-Man to stand up against bullies in 12 O'CLOCK HIGH by Clay Chapman (AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES) and Javier Rodriguez (DAREDEVIL).

Preview



Frozen.


Plot

We begin our in a junkyard in Queens, were Firebrand is doing insurance fraud for the Maggia. Peter encounters him, and after blatantly insulting him, he tries to burn him alive.

Review

Boy. This is… wow. Let’s start with the first story. I liked the quips that were used in the very beginning, and I like the art for the most part. But DAMN DID THIS FAIL ON MANY LEVELS. First, the surgeon who operated said that Peter has an advanced healing factor. Sure, I get that he heals up quicker than the average bear, but damn. This was one of the worst back-up’s I’ve read in a long time. He gets his ass royally handed to him by a D-Lister named Firebrand. THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND. The guy who beat down FIRELORD got his ass handed to him by Firebrand. While the premise is interesting, I feel that there is major plot hole and that makes it less to be desired. While the interactions are good, and we do get an appearance by The Shocker, the whole thing smells of bad stock story and it just was a waste of my 22 pages. As for the 10 Page second story, It leaves a lot to be desired. I’ve never enjoyed Rios’ art, and the story felt like it was supposed to be Catwoman and not the Black Cat. I don’t care who you are, those two are similar in some ways but way different in many other respects. I did however enjoy the twist at the end with Spidey not being Peter because it leads one to believe otherwise in the opening pages of the storyline. The other ‘cool’ aspect was the female led writing and art team. Jen Van Meter has apparently written some other comics work, including the book Hopeless Savages. You’ll also remember her from the last Black Cat miniseries from 2010. So while I think it’s cool that Marvel brought her in with other females to produce content (Something this industry needs right now) I feel like it didn’t work as a Black Cat story. (Mainly because of her bastardized characterization we saw during Brand New Day which is felt as an influence in the story.) If those characters (Such as the cop) did show up in that mini however, I’d like to know. BY THE WAY… That Alternate cover, is made of awesome.

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Images Unplugged Rating


Cover & Solicit - 3
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 4
Verdict - 3.6 (7/10) - 
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