Spectacular Spider-Man 83

The Arraignment Of The Punisher

In the mood for all-out action? Want to see Spidey beating up on an despicable villain in a classic tussle? Well you've come to the wrong place. That's right, the wrong place. this comic hardly has any action at all but still comes in at four stars.

Another thing it doesn't have is exceptional art. LaRoque is good, as you can see in the sample below, but he's nothing to right home about.

Now you might be wondering, why the recommendation for this issue?

First of all,  the Black Cat. She is drawn so fetchingly that whenever she comes into the scene she somehow improves the comic. For those of you who consider Megan Fox's inclusion in the Transformers movies to be a plus, you know what I mean. For those of you who happen to be less than impressed with Ms. Fox, I've got other reasons for you to consider this comic . . .

This comic is an excellent addition to the Punisher canon, and, by extension, to the general lore of the Marvel Universe. It shows the arraignment of the Punisher for his actions as a vigilante.

Before we get to the court scene we have a scene at the Bugle were Ben Reilly, at the instigation of J. Jonah, gives a capsule origin of the Punisher.

That's right - Daily Bugle scene then court scene then end of issue. No costumes and lots of dialogue. And what dialogue, I loved every line - engrossing, logical and entertaining.

Try this comic out and be surprised as I was.

Greg LaRoque sample are from this issue:

the black cat jumps

Bill Mantlo, the writer of this comic, met with an accident in 1992 and has been in institutional care ever since. Find out what happened to him here.  Ways to donate to Bill Mantlo's care are all over the web. If you can, please help him out.

Posted by  Pete Albano - July 24, 2011

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1-3 : Tarantula, Lightmaster, Kraven

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

89-90 : Black Cat powers

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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