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4.0 out of 5 stars Can Spider-Man and the Human Torch survive their friendship?, 12 Mar 2006
Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Spider-Man/Human Torch: I'm With Stupid Digest (Marvel Adventures Spider-Man) (Paperback)
Before the X-Men showed up, Spider-Man and the Human Torch were the two teenage superheroes for Marvel, which was a couple of decades removed from having the dozens of under-aged superheroes you need for any sort of legionnaire-type outfit. "Spider-Man/Human Torch: I'm With Stupid" does not get to the punch line of the title until the final frame, but this trade paperback collecting the five issues certainly has fun with the characters before coming up with a decent payoff to their rivalry. Told by Dan Slott (writer), Ty Templeton (penciler), and assorted inkers), these stories take place at various times in the lives of the two heroes and are not told in chronological order, so expect to jump around in Marvel history and get ready for a some slapstick comedy involving flames and webbing. There are no great dramatic stories awaiting you in these pages:
(1) "Picture Perfect" has Johnny Storm tired of seeing Spider-Man in the papers all of the time instead of the Human Torch, so he decides to get Peter Parker to take photographs of the Torch in action. Irony abounds, and the whole point here is the jokes, such as when Spider-Man tangles with Paste-Pot Pete (as soon as he stop laughing). Then Doctor Doom shows up and things get a little serious, but in the end Johnny Storm's hair is in a box (really).
(2) "Catch You on the Flipside" begins with the Torch tangling with the Vulture, which sets up the idea of our two heroes changing places since the Torch claims he can do whatever Spider-Man can. So Spider-Man joins the rest of the Fantastic Four to deal with a subspace fissure while the Torch tangles with Kraven the Hunter, and the question is which one will come out ahead, but with a laxative in their coffee (really).
(3) "Auto-Motives" sees the return of the Amazing Spider-Mobile (but no Spider-Cave or Spider-Butler). Spider-Man is remembering the late Gwen Stacy, while the Human Torch is dealing with his breakup with Crystal. So if working on the Spider-Mobile together, so it will drive on the side of buildings, does not help the two superheroes bond, maybe fighting the Red Ghost and his super apes will do it.
(4) "Cat's Paw" begins with Johnny Storm dressed up as Spider-Man and then the She-Hulk shows up dressed as a French maid. Then things get strange. Peter Parker is wearing the black Spider-Man suit and is hanging out with the Black Cat, but when she ends up going to a big affair hosted by the Black Panther with Johnny, Peter about blows a gasket. When is a robbery not a robbery? This issue would answer that question (not really).
(5) "Together Again" takes place "right now" with the Torch and Spider-Man at their accustomed meeting place on top of Lady Liberty going over everything that has happened to them in previous comic book adventures. The problem is what happened that day at Peter Parker's school. The Torch was there to speak to the kids and some nuts with gun shows up and get the drop on everybody at which point Peter Parker has to let Johnny Storm know that Spider-Man is there; but only if the Torch can get it through his thick head. So the two old friends have something to talk about, do they not?
Actually, it is the epilogue of this one that is the best part of this collection as these two finally admit they have always been jealous of each other and they get together as friends, which means family is involved as well. Again, these are not seminal stories in the hero of either character, but they are told in good fun and make for a nice change of pace from what has been happening with "Spider-Man: The Other, Evolve or Die."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm with stupid, at least he's hot, 15 Sep 2005
S. Parker "miss-sunny-dale" (England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Spider-Man/Human Torch: I'm With Stupid Digest (Marvel Adventures Spider-Man) (Paperback)
Although I've always been a fan of Spiderman and the fantastic four, I've been buying less comics recently, but having seen the movies recently I've been buying more of the comic books and this is particually a good one to get back into reading. It's smaller format (manga size) is conveniant and the print clear. The stories are a small selection of stories which feature both Spidey and Torch. Their relationship is ofter tempramental with insults flying 'web head' and 'matchstick' being just some. It's a comic full of wit and the human torch finding out Spidermans secret identity is not to be missed.
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