Spider Man: Emerald Mystery (Spider-Man (Boulevard Books)) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1999
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The book is short and not so sweet. About two thirds of the book is taken up by endless robberies by innocent people turned into zombies by a villian calling himself the Jewel. All the zombies are easily apprehended and offer little or no resistance. Some challenge for Spidey, huh. An entire crowd of them threathening the Daily Bugle is defeated by, get this, shaking them awake. The villian, Jewel, has a practically nonexistent role here. Everyone knows it is very hard to have a top notch super hero adventure without a compelling villian. I suppose the mystery is how he came by his powers but this is apparent to the reader almost immediately even though it takes our heroes about 190 some pages to figure it out.
Some oversights stand out and in such a short book they grate even more. Alot of the story takes place at the Daily Bugle but J. Jonah Jameson never appears and no explanation is given for his absence. Near the end Spidey injures his shoulder and is bleeding but he never again mentions any pain or discomfort from it.
The best thing in the book is Spidey's relationship with a female private detective, Barb. The two play off each other well and Barb's ability to get the last word with the wise cracking web spinner is a nice touch. Unfortuantely it's not enough to lift an otherwise dismal and disappointing novel.
took away from the book. Also, there were almost no familiar characters. I only suggest this book if you are a die-hard Barb Lightner fan.