Spider-man Reviews

Comic Reviews: Sensational Spider-man Vol. 2 Issue 37

Cover scan uploaded on Apr 22, 2007 by WallCrawler

Submitted by: WallCrawler on May 08, 2007

In contrast to the previous issue, where I found problems in both the art and story telling, this issue is much stronger on both accounts. Ramon Bachs, the penciller, still doesn't "get" the correct shape of the spider on the black costume, but few artists truly do. Other than that, the lighting and shadow contrasts convey well the location of the subterranean lair, and faces exhibit emotions well. There is one shot of Black Cat that looks not unlike Scarlett Johansson, however, and with current accusations of tracery (by no means leveled at this artist personally) it makes me wonder.

The setup of Jordan Harrison's character as a vengeful counterpoint to Peter's current state of mind was well executed. Not only does it make Peter worry for Jordan, but for himself, as well. The point is furthered by Mr. Hyde's taunting during his fight with Spidey - that it seems he's embraced his darker nature, something that Hyde prides himself on. It will be interesting to see if this character develops further, and whether he becomes a hero or not. Only time will tell.

While it's not without it's writing missteps, like the "old super hero trick" that Spidey uses, shooting a webline onto an object behind Hyde to use it as a weapon while making Hyde believe he missed, a la "Batman Returns" (nearly word-for-word and panel-for-shot), for the most part the writing is very solid, as previously stated.

All-in-all, a solid entry for "Sensational" which, since the switch over from "Marvel Knights" has been lacking.

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