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Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff (Spider-Man (Marvel)) Hardcover – 20 Jul 2011
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The story unfolds as something of a whodunnit, though chances are if you're at least a little well versed in Marvel history post-1990 you'll be aware of who the culprit is (though reading Venom: Sinner Takes All at a young age threw a bit of a spanner in the works as far as that was concerned, personally speaking.) Still, it's less in the tale than in the telling, and the specifics of why what happens to poor Captain DeWolff happens unfold in a sort of callous, anticlimactic way that's an awful lot more like a police procedural than you'd expect from a Spider-Man story (and isn't unlike the excellent Gotham Central, which I'd certainly recommend if you read and enjoy this). David toys with a few different narratives but manages a strict cohesion throughout and the way things develop is at least a little surprising (though fans of this sort of affair may see the final revelation coming from a mile off.) It's worth, maybe, noting that this story comes from what I occasionally refer to as The Darkening that followed the British Invasion of DC and Frank Miller's works in the 1980s but unlike a lot of "our character can be dark too" efforts from Marvel, The Death Of Jean DeWolff fits the character and never feels like a desperate attempt at anything.Read more ›
Early excellence here from Peter David writer, but middle of the road artwork keeps it from being hailed as too high profile a classic.
The follow-up issues are included here to round out the collection but the trendsetting is all in the title story.
Almost a police procedural tale than a super-heroic one, later series such as Gotham Central and the like owe much to ground being broken here.
David creates interest and drive onto the reader marking this as a little more emotionally lasting than the average Spidey-fest.
There is also a watershed moment between Spidey and Daredevil worthy of collecting.
Whilst I think the love and affection lavished on the dead memory of Captain DeWolff is deeper and stronger than it has a right to be I accept that it helps to make the point here – bad things happen to good people.
Intelligent and grown up this is an example of how comicbooks can and probably should be.
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Oh, and MJ is there too.
Spidey fights himself more in this collection than any threat, and in the end loses, as the man behind Sin-Earer triumphs.
This is often placed among the top 10 Spider-man stories, and it deserves its place. In the paperback are actually two stories that are closely linked, the first four issues being Spider-man vs. the Sin-eater, and the final three being a story a year or two afterwards that is closely linked.
Jean DeWolff is a pretty minor character in the first story, and though it is implied that she played an important role in Spidey's life in the years leading up to the story, it's not important to know who she is. It plays kind of like a mystery story, with the villain's true identity and motives only gradually revealed. It's a modestly clever plot, but what makes the comic is the inner life of both Spider-man and Daredevil, who plays a very large role in the story. They both must face failure and tragedy, but draw different conclusions about justice, vengeance, and revenge. Peter David is known for examining the psychology and motivations of the superheroes he writes about, and he does it well here while keeping up a fast-moving crime story.
In the second story, Spider-man must face the consequences of his actions in the first, and make a judgement of how much good his beating up bad guys really do. He has to juggle the Sin-Eater, who may or may not be trying to overcome his criminal past, with Electro, who is openly trying to take the next step in supervillainy. Another really well-done and focused story.
This is classic mid-1980's comic book art. It has pretty regimented panels and straightforward style and coloring, but it's done well. Rick Buckler does a good job with the facial expressions and body language in the first story, and Sal Buscema in the second story goes a little bit more abstract and exaggerated, but perhaps because of when I started reading Spidey as a kid, his art is ingrained in my head as the ideal Spider-man.
The quality of the paper is good and the art is printed at good size with clear coloring, with enough border around for page numberings and no art lost in the spine. Because there are no double-splash pages, the spine border is appreciated. There are no introductions or extras, which might have been nice, but the comics speak for themselves, and the original cover art is included with the issues.
Overall it's not a groundbreaking superhero comic, but is a real quality story for Spider-man or Daredevil fans.