Friday, May 11, 2012

Review- SPIDER-MAN: THE FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN

SPIDER-MAN: THE FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN (Marvel, 2011; Hardcover)
Collects Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 658-662 (cover dates June- July, 2011)
Writer: Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente, Christos Gage, and others.
Artists: Stefano Caselli, Mike McKone, Reilly Brown, and others.
So Spider-Man is not only an Avenger but a member of the FF (Future Foundation) as well? Oh brother. In all honesty, it reads pretty well, even if Spider-Man being on all of these teams and everywhere else at once is pushing the boundaries of believability. Does he now possess the ability to bend space and time so that he can fit in all of these titles? It's getting to be so DC.
This book has some great artwork going on. Stefano Caselli's continually improving pencils, Mike McKone's godlike artwork, and Reilly Brown's wonderful renderings make this a delight to the eyes. I am unfamiliar with Brown's artwork, but am looking forward to seeing more of it. I love stumbling upon a previously unknown quantity like this. It gives me great hope for the future of the medium.
Kudos once again to the always enjoyable Dan Slott. He's a comic book fan's comic book writer. Who else would bother inserting C-listers like the Psycho Man into an arc and make it a worthwhile read? Slott is also stacking the house of cards that is Peter Parker's social life, and I have a feeling that the fallout will be nasty. 
The OCD zone- Marvel Premiere Edition Hardcovers have nice paper and glued binding. They are not too thick so it is not an issue for me. Your OCD mileage may vary.

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