Monday, April 19, 2010

The Spectacular Spider-Man: Countdown Review

The Spectacular Spider-Man: Countdown
Marvel Comics
Softcover Trade Paperback
120 pages
ISBN 9780785113133

Contributors: Paul Jenkins, Humberto Ramos, and Wayne Faucher

Reprints: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2003) #6-10

Synopsis: Otto Octavius has been busy and his newly improved arms are stronger than ever.  He's spent many long hours welding and tightening screws, all the while fuming over his greatest failure in life -- constant defeat by the unworthy wall-crawler!

Confronting Spider-Man and defeating him easily with his new arms Doctor Octopus offers a choice -- death or willingly unmasking in public.  Spider-Man refuses and manages to escape, but the Doctor kidnaps the Palestinian ambassador on his visit to New York during a critical time in the Middle East peace talks.  Now Spider-Man must weigh the peace of an entire section of the world over the safety of his loved ones. 

Pros: Jenkins takes a deeper look at Octopus' origin and motivations, Ramos' art is very unique and expressive

Cons: Ramos' art is highly stylized and not very realistic (anime-ish)

Mike Tells It Straight: Hot on the heels of the Spider-Man 2 movie came a slew of Doctor Octopus centric storylines.  We get more origin details and a new leather-clad look for the character.  While the story by Jenkins and Ramos is well done it doesn't break any new ground for either main character.

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