Spider-Man The Black Cat Strikes #1
Spider-Man is managed to overcome some tragedies, like the deaths of Aunt May & Uncle Ben, he's even managed t0 get things going again with Daily Bugle reporter, Mary Jane Watson.
Um………wow? I can’t believe how much I liked this issue. Not that I was expecting it to be bad, I just wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. This book is part of Marvel’s “Gamerverse” which is new to me because I’m not a gamer at all. The last Spider-Man video game I played was on the original Sega Genesis. So yeah, I’m not really current as to what’s going on in Spider-Man video games. But, he is my favorite superhero, so I was curious as to what this book would be like. Author Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum writes a really fun Spider-Man story here that is sort of a back to basics approach, which I SO miss with Spider-Man comics right now. I like the current Amazing Spider-Man book by Nick Spencer, but sometimes it gets too caught up in what’s going on in the Marvel Universe. But back to this book, it’s just a good, solid, Spider-Man story. Thankfully, for a guy like me, that’s new to this universe, you will have NO problem catching up with the status quo of this universe, as Hallum does a superb job of catching you up with a couple of great flashbacks and more importantly, he doesn’t talk down to the audience at all. Chances are, if you pick this up, you have at least a passing knowledge of Spider-Man and that’s good enough, cause he’ll catch you up on the rest, It’s really nice to see Spidey and Black Cat in a “new” romance again. They flirt shamelessly, and it’s really enjoyable. It never goes too far, so I can say honestly that you don’t have to worry about giving this to a younger reader. A great, exciting, entertaining story by Hallum.
Artist Luca Maresca is no slouch either. He’s got a really unique style that’s kind of a combination of Mark Bagley & Mike Weiringo, but it’s a style all his own. He does a fantastic job with making the Kingpin look like a great big guy who’s actually muscular, he’s given the Black Cat a look that’s unique and sexy, and Mary Jane is the adorable girl next door. The only time I had any problem with the art is during some web-swinging scenes. To me, the anatomy was just a little off during those, aside from that, the art was really solid.
A really solid first issue. It gives you history without taking away from the story that the creative team is telling, very entertaining, fun, thrilling-exactly what a Spider-Man story should be.
Spider-Man The Black Cat Strikes #1: You’re So Together Girl, But Just At A Glance
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 8/108/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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