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Spider-Man in... THE GRIM HUNT

New storyline for June digs up the past...

 That ain't ketchup in Kraven's koffin.

KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT is one of the most seminal (and most messed-up) Spider-Man stories. Detailing Kraven the Hunter’s kidnap, live burial and identity theft of Spidey, the story explored the villain’s deeply-rooted inadequacy complex and capped off with a chilling self-inflicted gunshot. Now, just as blacksuit Spidey unearthed himself from the ground in that storyline, so too is Marvel digging up the past with GRIM HUNT.  The story arc’s running throughout June in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #634-636 and Joe Kelly’s leading the expedition.

Spidey editor Steve Wacker set the stage…

"Kraven's family has been after Spidey since his daughter Ana first made her move way back in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #565… You'll find out more about their motivations as the story goes on, but suffice it to say, the Kraven family is a deep well of honor, entitlement and resentment. They don't believe Sergei's death was honorable in the least and that has driven them to a horrific decision. Spidey has been laid low by his returning rogues gallery throughout The Gauntlet... Not because of Kraven's [widow's] direct involvement, [because] she didn't actually hire villains to attack Spidey or anything like that, but she did position herself to take advantage of what she knew was coming. She has been biding her time for years with a hate that is long-stirring... In the meantime, Pete is a guy who has lost his job and is hurting as much as he ever has after facing off against the Lizard. This is not a good time to be Peter Parker."

Sheesh… Kraven’s got a lot of kids running around. No surprise, considering what a swarthy, ruggedly-masculine, old school mustached-ladies’ man he was. In addition to Ana, there was the Grim Hunter and “Al” Kraven from a few years back - - and probably more I’m either forgetting and or who haven’t even been revealed yet. They’re practically the Gracie clan of big game hunting-themed supervillainy.

The regular Spider-Man teams packing some extra .50 cal bullets in their elephant gun for this safari. JM DeMatteis, the original writer of KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, is back for a back-up feature starring Peter Parker’s favorite evil, disfigured clone Kaine. Digging even farther into the fraternity of Spidey writers, none other than Stan Lee is back for a “Spidey Sunday Feature.” This is in addition to the four dozen other new comics, mutli-media stories and guest appearances that the Stan Man’s currently involved in. Sheesh… the man’s go so much power, I’m pretty positive now that 5 Hour Energy drinks are distilled from his vim and vigor!

Check out the rest of the info at Marvel’s website.  In the meantime, what do you think of this, oh pelt-collecting Comic Vine community? Are you ready to dig up the past? Or should it stayed buried?

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

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Posted by warlock360

Spidey gettin' dark again? nice

Posted by CATMANEXE

Guantlet has been really good, can't wait for this.

Edited by Bobby X

I'm definitely ready and can't wait for this. I've been missing the Kraven family. Not the biggest fan of Ana yet, she didn't really win my over in her "First Hunt".
Posted by They Killed Cap!

I love Kravens last hunt it was great. This sounds good.
Posted by RalfvdH

Gauntlet was good. At least the writing. 
I'm not a fan of the art in the last issues. Didn't like Javier Pulido,Max Fiumara, and especially not Marcos Martin. The art from isue # 621 I could live with. The part from Luke Ross in #622 was the only one I really liked the art.
 
Love Leinil Yu's cover. Its something else. The other covers not so much. Ana has a weird face in that cover 
 
Well. I still buy them. The story is good. I just wish they put other artists in them.

Posted by AmazingSpiderMike

Kraven's Last Hunt was an amazing story, PLEASE MARVEL DON"T SCREW THIS UP!!!

Posted by k4tzm4n

Funk, bringing back Sergei = horrible idea.  He died feeling his life was complete, so what's he going to do when he comes back?  "Grrr, you beat my daughter!"?
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Posted by brewski420

i think it would be cool to see kraven the hunter alive and well again. but i don't think the intention is to bring kraven back.

Posted by Adam Michaels

In this day an age where nobody stays dead, I personally feel that Sergei is best left untouched. Ironically, it's like a breath of fresh air when a comic book character remains dead. Especially one who is iconic and among the elite of a big character's rogues gallery like Spidey's. Meanwhile, they can keep the Kraven the Hunter legacy going with his children. 
 
Reading Wacker's quote, I'm already excited with Grim Hunt. I'm really enjoying The Gauntlet and I'm looking forward to reading more ASM this year. I still haven't forgotten about that "puzzle" poster Marvel released several weeks ago that kind of forshadows what's coming in 2010.
Posted by InnerVenom123

Don't bring Kraven back. Please.
Posted by Icon

I have a feeling it is not Sergei that will be brought back. I think the writers have something up their sleeves for this.. 

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Posted by Bruce Vain

I've missed the original Kraven.
Posted by Meteorite

As long as the original Kraven stays dead, I'm good with this story. It does make sense that Kraven's family would see his suicide as dishonourable and stuff, and it's cool that they're going to try and kill Spider-Man.

Posted by Bats

Kraven was such an underrated villain.
When I was a kid I always thought that story arc was a bit creepy.
The original Kraven should remain deceased.

Posted by geraldthesloth

Can we say no to Kraven and yes to Grim Hunter? I kinda liked him more.

Posted by DH69

yay spidey is gettin darm again, omg i wonder if he'll make another insane deal with the devil =D. i loved the last one *rolls eyes*