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Peter Parker: Spider-Man #156.1 - Old Haunts Review3
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
It's another point one issue. One for a series that isn't even being published. That makes perfect sense, right. But the story will make you not care about the numbering.
It's still hard to believe that it's Spider-Man's fiftieth anniversary. The fact that this title is brought back with a 'point one' issue doesn't make sense but it doesn't really matter. We get Roger Stern writing a Spidey story and that's all that matters.
For a 'point one' story, it does stand on its own. There are references to Peter Parker's current job status but new readers can jump in here and easily figure out what's going on. When Peter's old friend, Norah Winters calls him and wants to cash in on the fact that he owes her, he's taken to a familiar place, a place we haven't seen in...fifty years. Norah's favor takes them to the old Acme Warehouse. That's where the burglar hid out after killing Uncle Ben. This isn't the main focus of the story. There is plenty of other things going on involving the warehouse but it's the return to the location that makes it a little harder to handle.
The main problem wasn't anything earth-shattering. There's a problem for Spidey to solve and there won't be any major repercussions afterwards. But what we get is a good Spider-Man story, showing what kind of hero he is.
The story looks good but it feels a little weird not having a full fledge Spider-Man villain in an anniversary issue. It was great to see the old warehouse brought up and mentioned. But because the story is completely self contained, there really isn't anything to take away from it. There won't really be any repercussions after this. I suppose that's better than there being some strange dark secret involving Uncle Ben.
The 'point one' stories are still coming out. Originally they were meant to be 'jumping on points' but since this series isn't actually in publication, there won't be a next issue after this. We do get a self contained story in honor of Spider-Man's fiftieth anniversary. Part of the story takes place at the old warehouse where Spider-Man confronted the burglar that killed his uncle. It's fitting and a little creepy at the same time. It's a story that doesn't contain any major villains but it does have Spider-Man doing what he does best. If this is meant to be a tribute to his character, what better way than to show him risking his life in order to save others and bring down the bad guys?