on 10 November 2014
Jesus Christ, this book is amazing. If you're already at the point of buying book three of this collection, you know how good JMS is and you don't need me to tell you. But this book epitomises his style, what he's been building Peter Parker up to, and is flat-out amazing. I even teared up a bit at this one.
on 22 July 2010
So here we have the third book in this series and given the fact that I had so thoroughly enjoyed my experience thus far with this run, I was expecting more of the same. Sadly, it was not to be.
Having done a sterling job thus far and (in my opinion) turned out some of his very best work, John Romita Jr takes his leave, handing over duties to Mike Deodato. One of the surprising things is that while the change in artist invariably has an impact, it is the writing which arguably lets the side down more.
In the first section, while Romita is still the artist, you would expect things carrying on where they left off, but while the art is as strong as ever,the stories just didn't do it for me. The first one involving Loki, seems to get his character almost completely wrong, giving him a certain nobilityand that is entirely at odds with how he has behaved throughout Marvel History. The second concludes the 'Ezekeil Saga' but does so somewhat unsatisfactorally. There is no real explanation as to why things are happening, which is a shame as Ezekeil was one of the most memorable recent characters to be introduced.
The remaining stories are drawn by Deodato and the change in style is definately a jolt. Mike is a good artist and I have enjoyed his run on Bruce Jone's Hulk prior to reading this, however while you could argue that his style is more realistic than Romita Jr's, his characters here do sometimes look a but manakin like and therefore somehow not as real, fully realised or expressive. The overall tone of the artwork is darker and more adult too and this has an impact in sapping a bit of the humanity and humour ou of the stories.
For one of the stories, this works very well as the themes are very adult and feature (indirectly) one of Spiderman's arch foes causing him huge problems from beyond the grave. Here the writing is back on top notch form and the whole thing comes together, but while bleakness in undoubtedly a feature of Spidey's life, so is humour and it feels like ther is no let up from the heavy stuff. We'll see what volume 4 holds....