Read a bunch of Spider-Man comics last month.
Superior Spider-Man #11-12 Solid death-trap and threat for Spidey. Some good moments with Jonah, as he starts going way too far, offering payoff to events set up by Slott years ago. The Lizard cameo also made me very happy, but that’ just because it’s my favorite villain.
Spider-Man 2099 #11 Transitional issue with an amusing menace.
Spider-Man 2099 #12-14 I’m starting to lose interest in this series. The villains aren’t as interesting, nor is there anything particularly fascinating about the world of 2099 within this arc.
Spider-Man 2099 #15-16 Solid set-up to the first 2099 crossover, with the appearance of someone pretending to be Thor.
Amazing Spider-Man #578-579
With Waid’s OGN coming up, I’ve decided to reread his BND issues. These issues have developed a reputation arguably higher than any Amazing Spider-Man arc of the last 200 issues. Probably the best Spider-Man story I read all month.
Avenging Spider-Man #22
It’s fun to have Spider-Ock encounter Punisher. Plus, there’s a surprise villain. Art’s kinda dull, though.
Alpha: The Big Time #5
The conclusion to the mini isn’t bad. The bad guy is scary enough. Fialkov has a great take on Spider-Ock. And there are some new threats to terrify a young superhero. I don’t know if I’d recommend the entire mini, though.
I really like the exploration of how Flash Thompson operates as a superhero, and a civilian. Seeing himself in a high school bully is a high point. Good set up to a really pissed off Venom.
The Legacy of Spider-Man
A supplemental one-shot that came with Wizard’s Spider-Man special. 16 pages of top artists drawing scenes from their favorite Spider-Man stories. Some of these guys went on to later have notable runs on the title.
Spider-Man Unlimited #12
Two excellent shorter tales. Gage and McKone bring the funny as the Big Wheel tries to make up for all his villainy. Tom Beland and Sean Phillips depict what may be Peter’s finest hour as an educator when one of his students deals with a tragedy.
Amazing Spider-Man #583
The Obama back-up story is fun but disposable. The Betty Brant solo story has some good twists, and great dramatic irony showing Peter through another’s eyes, although it does highlight how little Betty’s appeared in the book.
Amazing Spider-Man #592-594
Waid’s got Spidey’s voice down, as he deals with a nasty new villain (The new Vulture’s preference for targeting injured criminals helped distinguish him from Toomes) and some changes to the status quo.
Amazing Spider-Man #601
Boy, was this controversial a few years back. It’s mostly filler with nice art but nothing all that memorable happening to the character, although the Bendis/ Quesada back-up with Jessica Jones is cute.
Ultimate Spider-Man #23
Good origin for the new Cloak and Dagger, as Roxxon gets involved in a teen romance. Miles is still in his Spider-Man No More stage, and Bendis serves a reminder that most creators don’t really commit to it as effectively.
Probably the strongest issue yet as Morbius meets Spider-Ock, and a new villain makes an impression. The months-long period in which Morbius served as the Guardian angel for an awful part of the city would probably have been more interesting to explore than the overly padded first few issues.
Amazing Spider-Man #602-604
My plan to read Waid’s run became a plan to reread the Gauntlet became a plan to reread the second half of the Brand New Day era. Van Lente’s take on Chameleon was creepy and distinctive, tying in nicely to J Jonah Jameson abusing his power in clever ways.
Amazing Spider-Man #605
The anthology format indicates that this was meant to be an extra, even if there are some significant moments for MJ and Peter’s crazy roommate. Mostly fun, although it’s a bit weird having Peter Parker acting like the male lead of a modern sitcom.
Amazing Spider-Man #606-607
Say what you will about the Black Cat—she’s a fun presence on the title. Diablo’s scheme is convoluted, and the contrast between the artists is noticeable.
Spider-Man 2099 #17
Possibly the run’s strongest issue to date, as Miguel tries to save his mom from Thor obsessed zealots in the aftermath of a big crossover.
Spider-Man 2099 #18-20, 22
A plot about the cybernet going insane reveals some new wrinkles in this world. Back-up stories about Miguel’s childhood are also quite satisfying, especially given what I know about where the story’s going.
Spider-Man 2099 #23-25
Fun arc with the return of an old villain, a new foe with a connection to the old villain (and memorable interactions), a new supporting character who shakes up the series and some big revelations from the big bad guy.
Spider-Man Unlimited #16
A mostly generic Lizard story memorable for some energetic art from Joe Bennet and a focus on the reptile part of the brain that became so important in Shed.
Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3
David Lafuente’s art is a revelation. Spidey deals with a new villain, and with teenage problems. Simple story executed perfectly.
Amazing Spider-Man #608-610
One of the weakest BND arcs. There’s something off about otherwise excellent artists Luke Ross and Marco Chechetto, that results in some big reveals falling flat. The threat to Peter’s loved ones is effective, and the narrative at least involves a lot of villains. Although Screwball was the most fun.
Amazing Spider-Man #611
Canete’s art was really controversial, but it fits a ridiculous Deadpool story that also functions as the set-up to the Gauntlet.
Amazing Spider-Man #612-614
Generally solid Electro tale building on the character’s best story. However, a lot of it is based on a cliche that I don’t care for in comics—the idea that most people are one step away from being a raving mob.
Amazing Spider-Man #615-616
Gorgeous fight scenes, as Rivera has possibly the most visually interesting take on Sandman since Ditko. Bonus points for the sad ending, and the aftermath of the destruction of a fixture of the books in the previous issues.
Spider-Man 2099 #26-30: Rick Leonardi’s absence on this book is deeply felt. It’s a bit problematic that flashbacks to Miguel in school are the best part of the story. It’s not bad, but it does feel as if the characters are just treading water.
Scarlet Spider #18: Not sure this story needed to be a three-parter. Still fun.
Amazing Spider-Man #617: Part of the high score comes from knowing where the story’s going, but the little details and quips were amazing, and I loved Kelly, Fiurma and Rivera’s take on a Rhino who wants to stay retired.
Total: 1891 comics recorded in 2013.