Spectacular Spider-Man 61

Whats The Matter With Moonstone?


This is a done-in-one tale about Spider-Man's encounter with the sexy but deranged villain Moonstone. On pure power levels alone Moonstone is a bit beyond Spidey's strength class (I hesitate to say this, knowing that Parker has successfully taken on the Juggernaut). Moonstone's previous battles are with Captain America and the Hulk. She has super strength, flight, invulnerability, phasing ability like the Vision's, and she is able to project full-spectrum light rays including concussive force. That is a very strong package, but in this issue she is in a mission to make herself even stronger so that she can get work because, and I quote : "But I must work for someone! I've always worked for someone!". This made me laugh. Not because it sounded ridiculous (it did), but because it's true. If you've been an employee all your life this is the kind of mindset you have. Moonstone has enough raw power not to have any bosses but the mindset is what's holding her back. Or rather, it's what defines her as a character and explains a lot of where we find her prior to  this storyline and in future storylines - she was recently a member of Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.

Once again, and I suspect, because Bill Mantlo is on board, we get a big dose of what's going on in Peter Parker's life. Beyond this, the Hannigan art gets really good in places. Check out the first page splash with Spider-Man looking down on some tenement buildings on that plucky little kid and the action panel where he swings down on Moonstone to relieve here of Doctor Connor's Enervator pack.

Good read.

Posted by  Pete Albano - May 7, 2011

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4-5 : The Vulture

7-8 : Morbius the Living Vampire

17-18 : The Angel and Iceman

21 : The Scorpion

22 : Moon Knight

26-28 : Daredevil

47-48 : Belladonna and the Prowler

61 : Moonstone

64 : Cloak and Dagger

67 : Boomerang

69 : Cloak and Dagger

72 : Doc Ock's Greatest Fan

80 : J. Jonah Jameson - Reporter

83 : Punisher

85 : Hobgoblin

87 : Spider-Man unmasks before the Black Cat

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91 : Unus and the Blob

99 : The Spot

103 : Blaze

104 : Rocket Racer

113 : Thugs break into the Parker house

114 : The Spider-Man costume gets stolen

116 : Sabretooth

117 : Dr. Strange

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