Spider-man Reviews

Comic Reviews: Sensational Spider-man Vol. 2 Issue 36

Cover scan uploaded on Apr 10, 2007 by WallCrawler

Submitted by: WallCrawler on Apr 17, 2007

Whenever there are three monthly books about Spider-man, one must always be the third-rate title, and so far "sensational" (volume 2) has been it. This issue is no exception. The art for issue 36 is not all that it could be - it seems a bit more like what you would find in "Tangled Web" - which worked for that title, as it was meant to be a kind of "indie" Spidey book, but in this instance as a central title, it comes off lacking. That is not to say there aren't shining moments, but they are far outweighed by the not-so-shining.

In the same vein, the writing has some impressive points, but overall leaves me unimpressed. The personal exchanges between Peter and Doctor Connors, and between Peter and Reed Richards lend the personal touch to the events of the greater Marvel U that Spider-man, as the every-man superhero, always delivers.

Back to the art, an example of a shining moment is the double-page spread where we are given a glimpse of all the variations Spider-man has undergone in the past as presented by the new clones/dopplegangers. We see a few red-and-blue versions, the "spider-armor" from "Web of #100", a couple of black costumes, and even a Scarlet Spider and Ricochet thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, the bad comes in the form of simple things like photo-referencing: If a comic script calls for the use of an actual landmark, say "Chevy's" restaurant in Times Square, you best draw it the way it really looks. Obviously this wouldn't bother most people who have never been there, but with Spidey being touted this month as New York City's "hometown hero" it bothers a native New Yorker to see such blatant disregard for detail. Here, the aforementioned conversation between Reed and Pete takes place, so at least they didn't have bad art alongside bad writing.

The main plot is believable, and is made so by the reactions of the homeless kids that were experimented on by Dr. Calvin Zabo - they express their gratitude to their unknown "benefactor", telling the police that they were already viewed as inhuman anyway, and that Zabo had given them strength and a purpose. This results in a cool plot device, and a moral dilemma for Dr. Curt Connors, who is to administer an antidote to stabilize their genetic transformations.

Basically, if they could get a stable art team on the book and bring the writing up a bit, this book could be on par with the current number two Spidey book, "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man." As it is, it's been relegated to the modern equivalent of "Web of Spider-man."

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