BACK ISSUES: The Working-Class Villains of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

BACK ISSUES: The Working-Class Villains of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine characters, concepts or themes making waves in comics today through issues from the past. When Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres today, audiences will watch Tom Holland‘s wall-crawler face off against the Michael Keaton‘s Vulture. But those might not be the only Spider-Rogues popping up in the film. This edition is going to look at the comic book history of the Vulture as well as three…

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PREVIEWS: Beware the Jackal in a First Look at Marvel’s The Clone Conspiracy #1

PREVIEWS: Beware the Jackal in a First Look at Marvel’s The Clone Conspiracy #1

Writer Dan Slott, artist Jim Cheung, and Marvel l have got some stones to launch a Spider-Man storyline with the word “clone” in the title. “The Clone Saga” was once an infamous hallmark of the excessive and market-obsessed event driven comics industry of the 1990s. Initially it was derided by fans and critics before becoming something of a cautionary tale. But a funny thing’s happened over the years. “The Clone Saga” is now seen a…

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PREVIEW: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9

PREVIEW: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9

Marvel has announced the release date of the brand new AMAZING SPIDER-MAN arc, titled “Scorpio Rising”. Written by Dan Slott and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli, this ninth issue of the successful reboot series releases on March 9th.   FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Strap in webheads because the webswinging wallcrawler is in for yet another action-packed story arc! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 – the first chapter…

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Marvel shows off FREE COMIC BOOK DAY offerings

Marvel shows off FREE COMIC BOOK DAY offerings

Coming to a comic book store near you on May 7th is Free Comic Book Day, a special event where both independent and well-established publishers offer free books to their readers. So far, DC and Archie Comics have unveiled their offerings for the big day, and now it’s Marvel’s turn. Their first title will be FCBD CIVIL WAR II #1, which gives an insight into the biggest event of 2016. Brian Michael Bendis and Jim…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at Slott & Allreds’ SILVER SURFER #1

PREVIEWS: First Look at Slott & Allreds’ SILVER SURFER #1

Marvel Comics has released a three page preview of the upcoming debut issue of Silver Surfer from writer Dan Slott and artists Mike Allred and Laura Allred. [OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] Hold On and Hang Tight With a First Look at SILVER SURFER #1!                                                                                                                                                                             New York, NY—December 14th, 2015 — Anywhere and Everywhere! This January, the sentinel of the starry space ways returns from the edge of the universe for the…

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REVIEW: “The Amazing Spider-Man #1” Is Not Really A New Beginning

REVIEW: “The Amazing Spider-Man #1” Is Not Really A New Beginning

Warning: some SPOILERS for the issue follow. “The Amazing Spider-Man #1” comes directly after the conclusion of Superior Spider-Man, bringing us right into the action of Peter Parker’s return to the webhead mask. With Peter returns his light-hearted and sarcastic Spider-Man, which is quite nice after his long absence. However, the overall quality of this new #1 issue is somewhat mixed. Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos’ main story features the welcome return of Peter Parker,…

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Free Comic Book Day 2014 Preview

Free Comic Book Day 2014 Preview

Every year since 2002, there has been Free Comic Book Day on the first Saturday in May. On that day, both new and old fans can get free comics from big, small, and in-between publishers. Free Comic Book Day also coincides with the start of the summer movie season which has been dominated by comic book films lately. For example, Marvel is releasing a short Spider-Man story by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott to tie in with…

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REVIEW: “Superior Spider-Man #31” Somewhat Satisfying Finale

REVIEW: “Superior Spider-Man #31” Somewhat Satisfying Finale

Note: some SPOILERS for previous issues of Spectacular Spider-Man follow. Superior Spider-Man is now over, and this finale issue had many readers coming in with high expectations. Otto Octavius has been making many changes to Peter Parker’s life while he was in control and now we see Peter start to deal with them. Of course, the impact of most changes is somewhat delayed, as the more urgent threat he faces takes center stage in this…

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Cape Watch: Batman Battles the Riddler, Nightcrawler Has A Family Feud, Sinestro Debuts, And The Superior Spider-Man Says Goodbye

Cape Watch: Batman Battles the Riddler, Nightcrawler Has A Family Feud, Sinestro Debuts, And The Superior Spider-Man Says Goodbye

Welcome to Cape Watch, where we explore the most interesting and/or biggest releases of the week from the “big two” publishers. Without further ado, here’s what to look forward to from DC and Marvel for he week of April 16th, 2014:   DC Comics ________________________________________ Batman #30 This is the penultimate chapter of the “Zero Year” story arc. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo‘s Batman is facing The Riddler and the damage he has…

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Preview: “Silver Surfer #1”

Preview: “Silver Surfer #1”

As a wielder of the power cosmic, can walk on the surface of the sun…but who wants to walk, when you can surf? On March 26, 2014, writer Dan Slott and artist Mike Allred bring us the new adventures of the universe’s greatest wave chaser! Check out the gallery below to get a glimpse of “Silver Surfer #1”! [FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] Take a Ride on the Cosmic Skyways in SILVER SURFER #1! This…

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