This week I’m covering Spider-Man vs. Deadpool #26, which I’m honestly still trying to process and Venom #160, in which we try to remember who has what symbiote. So if you’re like me and you’re wondering why Deadpool has a long grey beard & Spider-Man’s in a wheelchair, let’s go find out!
I have a confession to make: I’ve been a terrible comic book fan. Not to say that there’s a wrong way one can be a comic book fan, unless you happened to think DC’s Countdown to Final Crisis was just the bee’s knees. No, my failing comes with the fact that I simply haven’t been keeping up with my favorite characters; not even my all-time favorite comic book character, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The last time I was up to date on Spider-Man comics was around the time Peter Parker managed to get his body back from Doctor Octopus, which was all the way back in the spring of 2014. A lot was happening back then, and I put off reading comics for a while. When I finally entertained the idea of getting caught up, seeing as how I was reading most of the non-X-Men related stuff Marvel was putting out at the time, I kept putting off what seemed like a mountain of backlog to get through. That mountain grew bigger & bigger until I eventually reached my current decision: Screw the backlog, I’m just gonna jump onto the Spider-Man books where ever they happen to be right now & go from there. My comic fandom as an adult had been re-ignited when I jumped onto the Spidey books out of the blue in 2005 so I figured it was apropos.
So, thus begins a new weekly feature here on Comicdom Wrecks! that I’m calling “This Week in Spider-Man”, where I’ll go through whatever new Spider-issues have come out that week & review them from my point of view as a lapsed fan. It’ll go up sometime after Wednesday, when new issues come out, but before the end of the following Tuesday, when more new issues come out. And if you’re wondering why the inaugural edition of this is called “Last Week in Spider-Man”, it’s because the muses didn’t strike me with this idea until late last week. Since the only week I’d missed was the first of the year & it was only one issue, I decided to cover it.
This week we cover Spider-Man #236, where the numbering alone would confuse the hell out me even if I weren’t several years behind. Now, onward to the adventures of the spider people, dear readers!
In this week’s episode, Anthony and J. R. are discussing part 6 of The Dark Tower series, Song of Susannah. Find out what happens to Roland’s ka-tet after the battle in Calla Bryn Sturgis. Later on, Casey stops by to do a quick recap of the season 7 premiere episode of Game of Thrones, “Dragonstone,” and he also gives some thoughts on Spider-man: Homecoming.
When we last saw the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man on screen, he was helping Iron Man fight Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, because Tony Stark it would be a great idea to bring an inexperienced high schooler in to fight a bunch of Avengers. Before that though, he was being played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-man 2, where he was fighting Electro. While I really like Garfield as Spider-man, I can admit that that movie was not good.
It wasn’t Andrew Garfield’s fault that the movie wasn’t good, but in Sony’s desperation to make a successful, sustainable Spider-man series, they went to Disney and Marvel Studios for help. Not getting into the whole business side of it, but gone was Andrew Garfield and in was Tom Holland.
At its core, this movie is about people chasing after what they feel they deserve. With the Vulture, he feels like he got screwed over when Damage Control took his company off of clean-up after the Battle of New York, which was 8 years ago. (We’ll come back to that.) Peter Parker, after his run-in with the Avengers thinks he deserves another mission and an actual spot with the Avengers. Vulture deals with it by stealing alien technology and making weapons to sell. Peter is just pretty careless in chasing after the Vulture, and overall, Peter’s actions are the things I did not like in this movie. (more…)
Since Spider-man Homecoming comes out this week, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on a Spider-man story from the comics. So Casey, the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man expert is here to tell Jacob and J. R. the wonderful tale of The Clone Saga. Find out why there are so many clones running around. Are there too many clones? Does it become to saga-y?
While researching Marvel Comics bankruptcy filing from over 20 years ago, I found this archived article from E! News. It talks about how Marvel’s sales had plummeted, driving the company into debt; owing $1.2 billion when they were only worth $1.3 billion.
What I found funny about this is that the article mentions their plan to develop Marvel Studios & this archived website features an ad for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens next Friday. Homecoming is the newest offering from Marvel Studios, which has brought in nearly $12 billion dollars since 2008.
So I’m reading some Spider-Man comics from the mid 90’s and stumbled across the the 1995 mini-series “Planet of the Symbiotes”. In this story, Eddie Brock tries to separate himself from the Venom symbiote, which causes it to freak out & send a telepathic distress message into space, which brings a whole mess of symbiotes to Earth. Turns out that there’s an entire race of the things that travels the galaxy and bonds with different lifeforms, consuming their energy until they’re dead & then moving onto the next planet. The Venom symbiote we all know and love was actually exiled from their society for wanting to permanently bond with a host & actually live with it rather than just use it up as fast as possible and leave behind a dead husk. What a loser, right?! It was marooned on Battleworld until Spider-Man found it during Secret Wars. Anyway, Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, and Venom team up to fight off the symbiotes & save the day.
The point I should be getting to here is that issue two of this series, Spider-Man Super Special #1 (it ran in “super specials” off all the Spider titles at the time; Amazing, Spectacular, Web of, etc.) was drawn buy a guy named Joe St. Pierre. St. Pierre hadn’t been in the business that long, having gotten his start in 1992. His art style…I can only describe it like this: It’s like somebody got Todd McFarlane good & hammered drunk and had him pencil a Spider-Man book. Take a look for yourself.
Joe St. Pierre is still working today and he did go on to get a lot better. Just goes to show you that any artist would most likely be better served cultivating their own style instead of trying to mimic someone else’s.