By OminousFlare 4 Comments
So, I just finished ASM #188, and in the midst of reading it, there was a part of it when Jigsaw described Spider-Man as a demon, a 'forsaken demon' in the night that haunts the shadows with his demonic eyes. There were times when Spider-Man utilizes stealth effectively (note Spider-Man Noir), especially with the existence of his Spider-Sense. I had a really great time reading this part of the issue, laughing out loud several times at how pathetic Jigsaw seems to be, and how hilariously ironic this situation is. Let me explain.
I'm a huge fan of the anime, Detective Conan, of which its English dub is known as Case Closed in the States. And in the anime, there is this ongoing joke where Conan keeps popping up everywhere a crime scene occurs (though that blame is put on Kogorou/Richard Moore who brings Conan to every of the crime scene he investigates). This is a reoccurring aspect of the fictional universe I haven't got to see much myself - heroes popping up wherever any (and I emphasize on any) villain resides.
So, I got to thinking, Spider-Man (and just about any Marvel superhero) will nail their bad guy without fail. Marvel won't kill off a profitable titular character, least of all the Spider-Man. So, if he will succeed in kicking any bad guy's ass, I seriously feel sorry for the bad guys who will encounter him every single time, wherever they hide, wherever they are. Perhaps saying that every villain will encounter him is a stretch. But for those who are picked (cursed) to encounter him... lol
And the other thing is Spider-Man's stealthiness. I read #188, and you should've seen his eyes:
So, after reading through these panels, and with the word, "night," placed throughout them like some sort of propaganda brainwash influence, you know what popped into my head. Caped Crusader. Dark Knight. Bats. Whatever you call him. Damn, I can't wait till I read the Spider-Man/Batman crossover someday.
But anyway, I think that's what makes Spider-Man Noir so effective as a superhero. Hell, even 616 Spider-Man. He's like Batman with superpowers. He could become the 'Creature of the Night' of New York, terrorizing the villains with his horrible eyes and his camouflage into the shadows. I'm not saying he's able to by today's standards of villains, but it's a good angle to work with, and that's probably what makes me like Noir Spidey that much. Even if Noir Spidey's bitter personality doesn't reflect that well with what Spider-Man stands for, he really reflects what Spider-Man, with his powers, can be capable of.
And I still can't get over how super-pwnage Spider-Man has in this issue.