Monday, October 01, 2012

POINT OF VIEW: Remembering My First Online Comic Review: Web of Spider-Man #13

Next week on IADW, I will be chucking together a few random words of wisdom and wackiness on what hair-brained notion triggered me to start a daily blog in the first place. IADW Year One if you will. In looking back through retrospective coloured glasses, I thought it might be fitting to preempt that post by sharing the first online comic review I ever did, one for a site called Pendragon's Post. 

The brief was open; Chose any comic in creation and write about it. A major fan of this particular 'Spidey era', I chose Web of Spider-Man #13. Now, reprinted here for all to see, is what my two typing fingers said in their online debut, about this web-swingingly good comic;

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'Oh really Spider-Man? Look at yourself, you're so blasted smug. Either you were always the menace I said you were, or I've managed to convince you that you're a menace... And frankly masked man, I didn't think I was that good a writer.'

An often over-looked run in both the career of writer Peter David and the adventures of everyone's favourite wall-crawler, are the early issues of Web of Spider-Man. Issue 13 while unlucky for some, provides a stand-alone story where David creates a suspenseful issue after one simple spider-act divides the public as to the wall-crawlers intentions, delivering some thought provoking statemets on how the 'real world' media can manipulate the slant of their stories at whim and even in the name of believability.

Yes Point of View offers no fist fights with robotic armed adversaries or alien outfits bent on revenge. With half the city believing the new black costumed 'friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man' is now a public menace after intentionally hospitalising an innocent man, Peter Parker's opponent is simply negative public opinion on a scale he's rarely encountered.

As this perspective becomes fuelled by the cities various media, Pete becomes attacked by the public everywhere he goes. Left down, enraged and inconsolable he heads for a confrontation with longtime detractor and newspaper publisher J.Jonah Jameson, in turn actually becoming the menace the public believe him to be. While investigative reporter Ben Urich starts digging behind the hype to uncover the truth of the accident, the resulting skirmish between Spider-Man and ol' J.J.J will effect how both they (and the readers) see each other forever.

Mike Harris's pencils create a 'tv documentary' feel for the art, which perfectly suits a story tailored to explore one of the constant themes of Spider-Man: the cost of been a hero. Amazingly in such an emotionally charged tale Peter David still manages to drop in laugh-out-loud moments of classic spidey-humour, in an issue well worth backtracking for. 8/10 - DW

7 comments:

  1. Ahhh IADW Year One eh? Nice.

    It is nice to go back every so often to our earlier works. I sometimes do it myself, and then I wonder "Wow, I was pretty good; what happened?":)

    Looking forward as always to any new changes you plan on making.

    Happy 1st of the month you dinkum 'rang-tosser:)

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  2. unfortunately i've never read this Spidey issue but i think it's ironic how just yesterday i posted about something that Peter David wrote back in the day.

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  3. Thanks for the comments guys!

    Happy new October to you too Dale - hope you've got your trick or treat costume sorted!

    Dave, Peter sure has and still does write a lot of great comics, it's surprising some of the places he crops up!

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  4. A very intriguing post - I don't think I ever read that one. Always loved that logo, too.

    It's fun to look back at the beginning of things.

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  5. Thanks Martin! You and me both when it comes to that logo. Sometimes I think in comics good logos can be dumped for no reason, especially in the reboot heavy years we are currently in. Amazing Spider-Man has brought back its iconic masthead. Who will be next? Fantastic Four perhaps?

    Thanks for the comments!

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  6. Nice to read your first post!
    It was a very professional "sounding" post.
    I think I read that issue while in High school.I was one of those persons that hated the black suit, but couldn't advert their eyes from the stories. They were so well writen!

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  7. Thanks Aliera! I remember when I first saw it, I thought black couldnt be a hero, let alone Spidey, so it was interesting to see Peter David play off that general fan response within the context of a great story here.

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