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Poor Villian. Poor Story. 0

One of the fatal flaws with these new characters of the 90s are they learn about themselves way too quickly to have even the faintest hint of realism. Granted, with a 3-issue mini-series and the character's debut at the end of the second issue, some liberties need to be taken. Some, not a lot. The story ends on a rather sad note, leaving it open for a villain to make his return one day but who will ultimately disappear into the obscurity of comic limbo.Overall, it was a great idea but mistakes w...

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A Bit Silly 0

The coloring was an improvement over the previous issue, but the origin for the newest villain, Pyre, was a tad ridiculous. Someone without a clear scientific background decides to take a chance using equipment that may or may not work in a process that may or may not work to gain superpowers for protection? And his motivation was because he was forced to kill undertaking a task to further his own career, he takes out his guilt on Venom. Not to mention his powers conveniently are able to hurt hi...

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Badly Portrayed Punisher 0

The artwork in the story was good, but the coloring left a little to be desired. Some scenes looked way too bright considering the tone of the tale and were basically inconsistent throughout the book.The plot is a little simplistic, but the thing that really throws it is the mischaracterization of the Punisher. His mission is to eliminate scum; he takes all possible precautions to reduce civilian casualties. No way would he say the reporter deserves to die because he's running with a gang. That ...

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EPIC 0

Well, you shouldn't really be reading this to decide whether you should buy this one or not. If you're a Spidey fan, that decision is already taken. This is an epic. No star rating, may it be a 5, a 6 or a 20 can translate how great this story really is. It's wonderfully written, wonderfully drawn, wonderfully penciled, and the result is sublime. Each time I read it, I find some new delightful detail I never noticed. By all means, READ IT. These are the stories that make being a reader worth it....

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Good Old Evil Goblin 0

Wow. Harry is back as the Green Goblin and just as scary as his father used to be. I love how DeMatties shows the internal dilemma Harry goes through before he puts on the suit. It really adds a new dimension to the character.Another thing I love about this issue is how it twists the whole Green Goblin / Spider-Man feud. Whereas Norman Osborn was just a guy trying to become a crimelord who Spider-Man kept foiling, this new incarnation makes it personal – it's a fight between two old friends who ...

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Creepy! 0

Going back and rereading this book, I notice that there are a lot of creepy elements cropping up - ghost, graveyards, goblins, sewer rats, and a cannibalistic killer. It's really good at setting the mood for the story. DeMatteis also does a great job of mixing the stories of the three protagonists to get just the right reaction. I would have given this issue a five, but I know it gets even better next time!...

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Vermin's Hunt Begins 0

This is a good start to one of my favorite artist/writer team-up of the 90s, as well as one of the greatest run of issues out of all the Spider titles. Not much action, but the story is well told and the characterization is spot on without being gratuitous. It has a very cinematic feel to it....

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Marry This Book 0

What a fantastic story. Not much else can be said. Perfect characterization on all parts. Harry's insanity really shows here and him twisting Normie into another Goblin works really well. Seeing the nate in Normie at the end is just such a brilliant twist.The art is good too, nothing great, but the story is so good I can't mark the issue down on it.Beautiful stuff....

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Epic 0

The Harry Osborn situation reaches it's peak, and culminates with a bang. Sal Buscema art is at it's best. J.M. DeMatteis is at his usual level, perfect. This was the most classic death in the Spider-Books since Gwen Stacy, and until Aunt May (curiously also by DeMatteis and since then undone by Bob Harras).Harry's redemption was one of the most touching moments ever, and his death right in the next page topped it. Also, Normie's presence in the final scene is great, because it opens a very inte...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A Story Of Sinister Proportions 0

Another solid issue to this arc. Though Peter's continuing jealousy of not being in the spotlight is getting a little annoying. Especially when he starts getting jealous of his own wife. Come on Peter, you're not doing this for the fame.Doctor Octopus continues rounding up his members for the re-formation of the Sinister Six. A new addition to the group this time around, Jason Macendale's Hobgoblin, who took some convincing to join. It was great to see Ock face him down with ease. Great to see M...

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A Sinister Start To A Great Arc 0

What a great start to the Return of the Sinister Six story. Doc Ock has covered all the angles gathering up his old partners. From duping Electro into meeting him, to black mailing Sandman into joining him. He is indeed the Master Planner. MJ's plot angle is very intriguing. Who deliberately injured her director on the set of her soap opera?? And why?? And then there's Aunt May's boyfriend Nathan. What is he up to with a bag full of cash?? As for Spidey himself, it's nice to see him get a little...

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One Of Scorpion's Better Stories 0

Overall a great issue. The upgrade to the Scorpion's arsenal is done very well. The pacing is excellent, although a few sequences could have been extended. It seemed a bit rushed in places.The "3 AM" sequence with MJ in (and almost out of) her lingerie is a nice surprise. Just enough to make you take notice without being overdone. I'm surprised the Comics Code accepted it. I'm not complaining mind you. I would've guessed that they would've said "no". Maybe that's why.There are a few minor critic...

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If You Think A Radioactive Spider Is Far-Fetched, Get This! 0

Ok, let me get this straight. Wes was bitten by a radioactive JACKRABBIT?!?! Granted we're reviewing the exploits of someone who gained superpowers from a radioactive spider, but this is a bit much. After an impressive introduction, we are let down with the rabbit explanation. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a funny or serious story. If you're going to do wacky, be wacky. If you're going to do serious, be serious. This way readers know if you're a bad dramatic writer, a bad wacky writer, ...

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Spider-Man or Captain America? 0

Spider-Man is not known for fighting Nazis, this is more of a Captain America thing, so this seems like an odd choice. The inclusion of Silver Sable ties it all together nicely, making an enjoyable read. Michelinie and McFarlane have been doing very well in the pacing department as of late. A very strong story with great pacing and cool artwork. Well deserves four stars...

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No Hope For Boomerang, But A Good Issue Overall 0

The story arch closes, and we still get only a glimpse of the truth behind Cardiac (I know he doesn't return for a fair few issues so for now we are left wanting): an artificial heart, ties with Tony Stark, and a sick-if-not-dead son. I must say I find him an interesting character - particularly the way he chooses to sink the boat rather than destroy the chemicals thus financially destroying Sapirdyne Industries. But for every good character, there is en equally bad one: Boomerang. Not only was ...

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The Fountain Of Youth 0

Ok. Personally, this is one of my favourite Spider-Stories. I know that I may be one of the few people who like it (I think there's two of us), but I don't really care.Just one catch: there was, in fact, someone behind the Chameleon. It was Harry Osborn, the recently dead Green Goblin, who gave him the suggestion to create the fake parents (in Amazing 369 he has a strange reaction to the news of their return). But the Chameleon said nothing about it in this issues. Only in the next issue, 389, w...

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What A Cliffhanger!!!!!! Thats Two In A Row 0

This issue featured some solid Peter's character development, and it also featured the second appearance of the old Peter Parker (the first was in "What if" #4, volume 2). It also let us see a bit more of the stage where the final act of the Parents Saga will take place. It is obvious that the second Dr. Sanchez is the Chameleon: it could either be him or Mysterio (or Mystique, but what would she do in a Spidey book), but the hostage situation was clearly Chameleon's style.Another awesome cliffh...

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Spidey's Twilight Years 0

This is the classic cliffhanger, where we all know that Spidey is going to get his youth back, but still we can't wait for the next issue to see it. It also lays some ground for the Parents Saga conclusion.Great use of backup characters, and a Spidey main story told in grand style. Four stars....

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Pursuit - Conclusion 0

I liked this entire arc. It was good to see how the Friendly Neighbourhood Spidey is like when we has no reason whatsoever to be friendly. It just shows a Peter who forgot about the "Power and Responsability" motto, and just wants revenge no matter who's in his way.If you want to know more about the Tracer, just go to his profile, at the The Appendix of Marvel Universe website, by Jeff Christiansen, where you can find all the info you can dream of about obscure characters.Anyway, there's one big...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Standard Story, Big Build Up 0

The main story followed the basic introduction, explanation, and resolution with a believable ending. Anyone with an addiction is not going to be able to go "cold turkey" even if they have a good reason to quit.I particularly like the common household items Nathan used to combat the shark's enforcers. I support all efforts to remind people that a disabled individual is not entirely helpless. Had he been able to beat all of them with a can of "Raid" it would have been ludicrous. He held his own a...

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Classic Venom 0

Good setup and a nice big fight at the end. No more teasing, just a good Spider-Man / Venom brawl where Spidey has to outthink his opponent. The psychological explanation of the symbiote's behavior Peter received from Jefferson sounds plausible and the end result made perfect sense.For my money the most frightening aspect of this story is the fact you have two mortal enemies facing each other in their underwear.4.5 stars. No crossovers, subplots, or anything to distract from the main story. Mich...

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A Great Build Up 0

The build toward the final confrontation with Spider-Man is handled very well. The overall pacing is excellent. The fight - if you can actually call it that - with Felicia (Black Cat) is brutal. He slams her - nose first - into a wall and demands she tell him where Spider-Man is "while she still has a face". That's pretty hardcore. However it does establish the character as a violent, sadistic individual that is a real threat for Spider-Man.The sub-plots involving Jonah and Glori's boyfriend inv...

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A Great Package 0

This, for any reader's information, was my first Lizard comic and has more in it too, good deal. Spider-Man #1-5, which was referred to, got me on expanding my collection and so on. I really liked this story, it's a little mushy, but the idea behind it is a good one. They needed to do something about Billy, he had to show involvment in his father's "curse" and he got a chance to. I love this Lizard look, it's the best one I've seen. Not like the McFarlane stuff, but it's a nice way to bring The ...

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Spidey VS Dr Doom 0

A great milestone issue. The opening fight between Spider-Man and Doctor Doom is amazing. Larsen outdoes himself with the action sequences at both the beginning and end of the book. Michelinie tells a good story that has a little bit of everything that makes Spider-Man a great character. The sudden appearance of the Arcane Order and their plan to rematerialize the swarm was a little out of left field, but it did allow a nice wrap up to the Black Fox - Spider-Man dilemma.This was Erik Larsen's la...

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Venom Gets His Vengence 0

There really isn't anything I can write about this issue without restating what I've previously written for the previous issue - namely; fantastic art, hardly anything to side-track form the main focus, a forward thinking and monstrously designed Venom, realistic peril for the webbed-wonder...the list goes on. The only thing this issue has the other (and to this point, few others) issues didn't was a sense of closure. Spider-Man is finally free of Venom, and there is no need (but we know they wi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

V is For Vile, Vengeance, and Venom! 0

More-so than ever before is Spidey at Venom's complete mercy, making for a great cliff hanger. I gotta say, there isn't a thing wrong with this whole issue. The story never fails to get side tracked with side plots that would detract from the main issue - namely, the cat and mouse game between our two main players. Venom is finally using his brain and know-how as a reporter, something I always felt a bit lacking in the characters previous appearances considering Brock's back-story. Spider-Man is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Venom At His Best 0

WOW. This issue delivers it all. Drama in spades, peril, characterisation - particularly with an interesting back story for a Z-listing villain, and action, action, action. From the opening shot of Venom watching Parker through the window, to the last shot of the dead black costume, this story had me gripped.All my hesitations towards Styx and Stone in the previous issue are no more; they convincingly come across as a genuine threat. I like the fact that Stone is the brains of the group and that...

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If Styx and Stone Don't Break Spidey's Bones Venom Will! 0

Like most of the first parts of early Venom stories, Venoms actual presence is scarce in this issue - the writing style tailored instead to setting up the oncoming fight and re-establishing back stories. This is Venoms third appearance and is a good reminder as to why he is such a well loved character. Before all the "I'll eat your brains," and symbiote saga stuff, Venom was an obsessive, rage-fuelled maniac who would stop at nothing to achieve his ends. His twisted sense of morals and excessive...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

VENOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 0

Hmmmm...my impressions on this story? Great. A really great double sized, anniversary issue from the Spidey team! David Michelinie creates a scary Venom at the beginning then when the fighting starts makes him seem a very formidable foe for Spidey! This is Venom before his 'over-used' years when all he knew how to say was "I'll eat your brains". And Spidey used his brain when he couldn't use his brawn to defeat Venom. My ONLY problem with this issue is that I don't like reading pages of origin s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Wild Pack 0

The resolution of the "Kansas, here we come" subplot ended in a believable manner. It seemed unnecessary because taking a hero out of their city doesn't work, however they didn't drag it out for too long.The capture of the neo Nazis seemed a little rushed. Granted Silver was using two super powered operatives, but I expected it to take a bit longer. Marvel Nazi stories usually involve ... an army. This one had 16 people including Kraus. I'm seeing this as a repeat of issue 299 when Spider-Man an...

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An Unholy Alliance 0

A good follow-up to the first part with some nice brutal fighting thrown in. The dialogue was a little off in some places, such as Venom speaking in the first person and Spidey thinking "It's weird seeing the two of them together" when they confront Carnage, but otherwise a good story. If anything, the fight should have been a little longer and a lot more brutal. Here you have three high strength class characters and a brief 3 page fight. There was definitely an occasion for some major property ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Good Start to Carnage's Bloody Career 0

Not too bad an issue. It's basically a set-up for the entire arc and as a way to get Venom back into active duty. Bagley's artwork is as awesome as ever and really compliments Michelinie's story. The sheer randomness of Carnage's actions mixed with his brutality really showcases what kind of unfeeling psycho he is. Imagine if Jack the Ripper or Son of Sam had a symbiote, or even Charles Manson. Got chills yet? Good. And, of course, the classic Parker guilt: feeling the responsibility for Carnage...

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The Enigma Force Thwarts All! 0

In the Biblical context, Nimrod was a Mesopotamian ruler and mighty hunter. Therefore Project Nimrod should strike fear into the mutant population because "mighty hunters will track them down and capture them". However in a modern context, the name takes on a completely different meaning. I wonder which names were rejected before deciding on this one. I guess "Project Doofus" or "Project Knucklehead" was considered too silly by the government.Oddly enough the negative meaning of the word may ori...

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Venom 0

I liked the look at Venom's past and loved his fight with Spider-Man. Bagley did a good job with the fight. The punches and impacts were great. As much as I love Spider-Man I love seeing Venom throw him around like a rag doll. Don't ask me why.I enjoyed this issue a lot, both art wise, and story wise....

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Venom Captures Peter's Parents 0

I always liked Bagley as the Spider-Man artist, and I love Venom as a character in the early nineties (before the insane over exposure). I loved Spider-Man, but for some reason, I love seeing Venom beat him up. That said, I liked the fight, and since the fight was most of the issue, I liked the issue....

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Goblin Wars! 0

Ok, I have to admit I'm biased about this issue. It's one of my absolute favorites, so it's difficult for me to be too critical about this. The only item that seems a bit too unbelievable is the fact that Harry got very good with the equipment very quickly, specifically the glider. Good enough to even take on a second-stringer like the second Hobgoblin. It never mentioned how long he practiced with it when he was crazy, but the "riding a bike" analogy applies apparently. What works for me is the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Whos Up For Scrambled Eggs? 0

Wow, already you really need the proverbial scorecard to keep up with the play. The major problem with this whole tale so far is that it's just one big scramble with little to show for the whole exercise.Two webs for a story that perhaps is just trying a little too hard....

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We're Just Getting Silly Now 0

It's a bit like a roller-coaster, maybe. It's the straight bits which make the corners exciting. If a ride is nothing but a series of corners, then it would be... well... just rather sickening. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that many of the twists are just lame. The worst of the lot is probably Spidey pulling the little green bit off the side of the bomb, but there are plenty of others that compare.This is plot-twistery for it's own sake. One and a half stars....

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The Worst Thing About This Mini-Series... The Sequel AHHH!! 0

So what's good? Well, there's plenty of complexity in the story. Bringing back the Sinister Syndicate is a fun idea. Bringing back the Ringer's wife is a funky idea too, even though it's never completely convincing how when person A kills person B, it's always person C that gets blamed, i.e. Leila develops a mad-on for the Beetle, not for Scourge, who actually pulled the trigger!But that's about where the good stuff ends. To start somewhere, the art is a disappointment. Firstly, it's brightly-co...

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The Sinister Syndacite is Back!! - Yawn 0

You certainly can't complain about being bored. There's a lot going on in this first issue. There's not too much to complain about just yet, except perhaps some over-the-top dramatics.Hey, Herman's wimpy characterization is a fun little twist to a plot which is overall quite enjoyable. The problem is that, if such a thing is possible, what we have here is complexity and interest without any real sense of depth.Let's give this opening salvo two and a half stars and move on to part two....

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