Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Reviews: Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer Vol. 2, Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Vol. 3 and Vol. 4

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SILVER SURFER VOL. 2 (Marvel, 2008 edition, Hardcover)
Collects The Silver Surfer Nos. 7-18 (cover dates August, 1969- September, 1970)
Yet another OCD upgrade/ double-dip (see earlier posts for the story in the review of Volume 1). At least I have a perfect version preserved for posterity. The Mephisto stories are my favorites, followed by the one with witches coven where they conjure the Abomination.

SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET VOL. 3- VULTURE & MORBIUS (Marvel, 2010, Hardcover)
Collects Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 622-625 and selections from Web of Spider-Man Nos. 2, 6 (cover dates January- May, 2010).
The writing is consistently good on this title, while the artwork is consistently...inconsistent. It's really hit or miss, and with the rotating "Spidey Brain Trust" of writers, no one artist really has time to gel on the title. It was a thrill to see Morbius the Living Vampire again, as he ranks among my all-time favorite villains. The Vulture story from Web of Spider-Man No. 6 was great, and is the highlight of this book.

SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET VOL. 4- JUGGERNAUT (Marvel, 2010, Hardcover)
Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 229, 230, 626-628 and material from Amazing Spider-Man No. 629 (cover dates June, 1982- June, 2010).
Exceptionally good stuff by Roger Stern (writer) and Lee Weeks (artist). Lee Weeks has a vintage John Romita, Jr. feel to his pencils, which works really well in this sequel to the classic Issues 229 and 230 since John Romita, Jr. did the artwork in those issues. It's nice to see Roger Stern back on the title, even if only intermittently. The Gauntlet is unfolding nicely.

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