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Spider-Man Noir: Eyes without a Face (Spider-Man (Marvel)) Paperback – 15 Dec 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785144501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785144502
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I was only recently aware of the Noir collection through looking at concept artwork on a gaming site.
Curiously I ordered this not really expecting the same standard of work that I would normally read. What I got was really refreshing new take on a much beloved franchise.

The story is very adult in its content, dealing with abuse, racism and while these topics usually represent heavy reading it was all woven onto the fabric of the spiderman universe brilliantly.

The art work and spiderman design are fantastic and remind me of the Todd Mc days, and various other guest stars are also developed through to a brilliant level, one of whom I haven seen in years but fit into this genre effortlessly.

Well worth the price, and I will defiantly be buying other books from this series.
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Every now and then, Marvel Comics like to experiment with their characters and create special imprints for them to try out new ideas/concepts - a few years ago, they tried a Mangaverse with a Japanese-style approach to their iconic characters and more recently, they launched a Noir universe in which several of the characters that were best suited to the film noir genre where launched in a series of stories, using the names and basic characteristics of their original versions but viewing them through a film noir lens.

This is the second book of the Spider-Man: Noir series, taking place eight months after the event of the initial book. Peter Parker, still prowls the dark streets of New York as The Spider-Man, continuing to fight crime. A new mob-boss has risen to fill the vacuum left by The Goblin, and this Crime Master has muscle behind him in the form of The Sandman. Spider-Man must tackle this rise in organised crime, whilst dealing with the emergence of a new threat in the form of Doctor Otto Octavius.

One of the pleasures of these re-imaginings is seeing the new costume designs for established characters. I liked the Spider-Man Noir design with the stitched face and the goggle-eyes and the design for Doctor Octopus was very different and not what I expected. The whole style of the book fits well with the noir universe and the muted colours suit the mood of the era. I enjoyed the artwork and found it helped tell the story in a clear manner.

The story ties in nicely with real world events and the mood of the people at the time, such as the race relations and the advent of Nazism.
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8 months following the events in "Spiderman Noir", the power vacuum left by Norman Osborn's disappearance has led to a new crime presence on the streets, the not-so-brilliantly-named "Crime Master" taking charge of New York City's criminal underworld. Peter's reporter friend Robbie Robertson has suspicions over the experiments of one Dr Otto Octavius as the dark shadow of the Nazis grows larger upon the world.

This is pretty noir stuff even for a series called noir. Doc Ock is re-cast as a crippled scientist who experiments on black people in a real-life role Dr Mengele would go on to play in WW2, while Crime Master does some heinous things with a knife to some women.

Mary-Jane is introduced to the story but Peter doesn't notice her yet and she doesn't play a big part in the story. Also Spiderman still uses a gun which I find quite fun. It's an interesting way of dealing with superheroes and villains which grounds them as human as the rest of us.

Carmine di Giandomenico's artwork is fantastic as before, and David Hine's script is brilliant, he's doing a fine job with the Spiderman Noir series and, the way this book ends, I hope there's more on the way (great title too by the by). Dark stuff for Spidey, I still enjoyed the heck out of it and recommend it for fans of the webslinger looking to see him shoot off in a different direction.
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I've been into comics/graphic novels for a while now and the Marvel Noir series only recently caught my eye. The contrast in style and colouring is seriously epic - far grittier and kinda dampened down. I think it seems more real this way, the bright and bold primary colours you get in most mainstream Marvel comics can be a bit far-fetched on occasion... then again, i suppose that's the whole point of a comic book - escaping reality.
RAMBLE OVER - all in all I'd say the Noir series is excellent (Iron Man a bit poorer apparently) - I've only read Wolverine and Punisher equivalents (both just as great, Wolverine possibly the best) and they are a great addition to any collection or bathroom shelf.

M.
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