[SPOILER WARNING! I usually tend to stay away from giving away details that really make the comic pop or fall flat. However, in this review I may go over something things that most may consider spoilers. So it might be best to have read the issue before reading this review. That being said. Just know that I do HIGHLY recommend this arch. So for what that matters. Go buy the issue, read it, and then come back.]
I don't know how it is in you part of town. But I remember when Spider-man #797 came out and the shop I go to in California, Dr. Comics was only allowing 1 per person. And remember back at the end on March. EBay had pre-orders for THIS issue for over 10 dollars. All in hopes of seeing the debut of the much anticipated Red Goblin. Well what I can tell you is that people have been waiting for this reveal since #795! And all I can say is, after reading this, I need to get some more of this issue. Because, if the issues that didn't have the introduction were selling for upwards of 40 bucks...these issues are going to go FAST, HARD, AND INFLATED! However, that's all good and well. However, how does it read? How does it look? How does it feel? I've only just re-started Spider-man because of the hype behind it. Circumstances didn't allow for me to review #797, but I won't let anything get in the way of getting The Light, The Dark, and The Unhinged of this issue to you guys.
DOWN CAME THE. . .GOBLIN? AND WASHED THE SPIDER OUT!
The shit starts on some ominous ass vibes. Not to unlike the issue before it. Peter Parker is using that beautiful brain of his to solve the case of the missing Goblin King a.k.a Phil Urich. AND THEN BOOM! We're right into the action. Fast forward to Harry Osborn and his family...AND THEN BOOM! Tranqs in the neck, children kidnapped. THEN...fast forward to a dead Green Goblin...and THEN...You know what. You guys get my drift. This issue isn't "stop and go". The whole arch appears to be "tick - EXPLODE!" And it's honestly something that only Marvel can pull off. If you think that the difference between DC & Marvel begins and ends with how they make movies...WRONG! Think again. Marvel has a fundamentally different way of telling stories that is by and large very engaging. Especially with iconic characters such as Spider-man.
Suffice it to say that my enjoyment of this story has been through the roof. However, this issue has some of the best Green Goblin dialogue (and possibly character interaction in general) that I've ever seen. When Green Goblin (G.G from this point on) says: "...I've got a BRIDGE in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. No, seriously. A BRIDGE! WANNA SEE IT?!" That had me dying from the sheer brilliance of it all. Because clearly writer Dan Slott is referencing The Amazing Spider-man #121 and #122 event where G.G drops Gwen Stacy from the bridge and in an attempt to save her...Spider-man accidentally snaps her spine. #PHYSICS! This was not the last reference to this event either. However, you'll have to pick it up to catch the other.
Another great line is when Ben Urich is explaining the bomb situation to Spidey of whom had just started his battle with G.G. To which G.G responds: "Like I wouldn't have told him. Thanks. Now I have NOTHING to talk about." If that doesn't make you LOL I don't know what you're even doing here. Slot is nailing this story to the wall and it's shining bright because of it.
Now if we can just talk about Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Marte Gracia for a second. The Penciler, Inker, and Colorist accordingly. They have really delivered something stunning. Marvel has a way with it's panels that never leave you wanting usually. And this trio truly gives you everything you could possibly ask for. It leads the eye effortlessly. Doesn;t leave pages or panels cluttered. And it leave a lot of room for the letterer to do his thing without trashing the panels and pages with clunking dialogue bubbles. If I gave points this issue would be a 10 outta 10!
PETER PARKER IS A MADMAN...
Sooooooooo who remembers the Back in Back story arch? You know...the aftermath of villains knowing Spider-man is Peter Parker. The arch immediately following the fallout from Civil War (ONE). Well allow me to refresh. King Pin decides he'd take a little shot at Peter and try to take him out...however, plan when sideways and Aunt May got hurt instead. Oh is it all coming back to you now? Do you remember the what happened "next"? Spidey broke INTO prison to get to the Kingpin. At which point this happened:
That's right. Peter Parker beat the crap out of Kingpin. In fact there is a part so ridiculous in this issue, where Peter grabs the man by his chest muscles. THAT'S RIGHT! His CHEST MUSCLES!
If you've never read it. I highly recommend it. It...Is...UNHINGED! However, I digress. I say all that to talk about the Unhinged moment in this issue. The end. After the Goblin tells Peter to never dawn the Spider-man suit again or risk having everyone Peter holds dear, killed. In the most gruesome of ways. To which Peter says to himself: "I'm Peter Parker. The man in 'Spider-man'. And I'm the one who's going to take you down." That is pure madness. Because as we've just seen. Peter crosses lines he'd never cross as Spider-man. I mean hell, he damn near KILLED King Pin in that fight. So Goblin thinks he's won, but this fight is far from over. Talk about going down SWINGING!
This is truly an issue with no flaws I can find. Slott has clearly done his homework and knows...no KNOWS what he's doing. He's accompanied by some talented artist in all, but the one who sets the tone is Immonen and what he does to the page is pure Marvel Magic. Financially, this might be the comic to own. The price is only going to go us as fans clammer to see the debut of a new Spider-man villain...or the merger of two old ones. However, YOU want to see it. Yet, aside from that, you get a well written, beautifully drawn piece of history that is sure to cause waves and be loved by Spider-man fans near and far. And what's more...I imagine we've not seen anything yet!
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