Spectacular Spider-Man 1-3

How Can Spider-Man Have Problems Tackling A Guy With Pointy Shoes?

First of all , I want to note that issue 1 is a a collector's item. Unfortunately, issue 1 and the next two issues that make up the story arc presents us with a sorry tale.

We have three villains here: Tarantula, Kraven and the uber-powerful Lightmaster. I know it's the writers call, but these three villains are used in a very distorted way. First of all, Kraven as a hired thug. There is just no way this is going to happen short of an extortion attempt. Kraven is as egotistical as Doom, he'd never allow himself to be a henchman. Plus, he talks like an American here, not like the Russian royal he is. Suspension of disbelief just goes out the window with  the way Kraven is treated here. Next is Tarantula. I mean shoe spikes? Spidey should be able to dispose of this blowhard circus hack in five minutes. Another way to put it is: Why does Tarantula get this much respect while Batroc doesn't? Lightmaster is the leader of the group. This guy reminds me of Green Lantern. That's right, Green Lantern level power and he hires a guy with shoe spikes and some guy who looks like Kraven (I refuse to acknowledge this guy as the Kraven we all know and respect). This storyline simply does not make sense.

The only thing keeping this story arc from being classifed as awful is Sal Buscema's art. Sal Buscema is as solid as usual, presenting us with dynamic action and the larger than life figures characteristic of the Marvel 'house' style.

Posted by  Pete Albano - May 7, 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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