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review 2016-11-09 00:00
The Spider, Master of Men! #40: Dictator of the Damned
The Spider, Master of Men! #40: Dictator of the Damned - Grant Stockbridge,Emile C. Tepperman Kind of like reading a super-hero comic book. Fancy literature this is definitely not. On the other hand, it's not all that bad if all you want is good guys and bad guys shooting each other up, and the good guys winning in the end.

So, somebody is taking over New York City. Several chiefs of police have been murdered or locked up in insane asylums. Ditto a couple of mayors. Thus it become imperative that the Spider, once again patrol the streets and clean things up. The Spider had other ideas, such as marrying his sweetheart and going off on a honeymoon, but eventually the call of duty prevails. So, aided by his trusty "servants" (the Spider was actually a rich guy with servants), a Sikh and a former pugilist (? too lazy to check back), the Spider wipes out the bad guys and restores law and order to NYC. The restoration involves much shooting and mayhem.

FWIW, this book is listed as having zero pages because my ebook was based on a long-lost pulp. So, not being able to cross check the pulp, we're required, I'm told, to say the book has zero length. In reality, it's about 41,000 words, which would work out to something like 120 pp.
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review 2016-03-31 07:44
Mysterio, 2 Spider-Men and the Ultimates!
Spider-Men - Sara Pichelli,Brian Michael Bendis

Quite a good story here about Mysterio sending our Peter Parker into the Ultimate dimension where he encounters the Ultimate Spider-Man and the Ultimates. Brief but relatively entertaining. Well-illustrated and worth a quick visit.

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text 2015-10-30 10:48
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 96 pages.
All-New X-Men/Indestructible Hulk/Superior Spider-Man: The Arms of the Octopus (Marvel Now) (Wolverine) - Marvel Comics

He's talking about Doc Ock, but I feel like he could be talking about the majority of the people who live in the Marvel universe...


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review 2015-08-24 01:23
Crossing dimensions, Spider-Man style!
Spider-Men - Sara Pichelli,Brian Michael Bendis

When Mysterio tries to fuck with Spider-Man, he ends up sending an adult Peter-Parker into the Ultimate universe, where Parker died as a teenager.   After his death, everyone found out that he was Spider-Man.   He finally got the respect he deserved, and another boy - Miles Morales - got bitten by a radioactive spider, and became the new Spider-Man. He has all of Parker's abilities, plus a couple extras: invisibility, and venom stings. 


So when Miles sees someone dressed up like Parker's Spider-Man, well, a meeting was inevitable.   This is more than about getting Parker home, though.   It's about what happens as he tries to figure out if this world is real, and when he sees May and Gwen, and even MJ, it becomes more about an action-adventure stories. 


It's about the possibilities of what Peter could have been coming home, in the flesh, and how his family reacts to that.   It's also got me even more intrigued about the Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man series, given that it seems to tie into this mini-series. 


In addition to all this, there's gorgeous art, and clever quips all throughout.   Highly recommended. 

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review 2015-08-16 19:42
Beach Read Reviews!
Gotham Academy (2014-) #1 - Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan
Spider-Man and X-Men #1 - Nick Bradshaw
Bloodshot (Issue #25 -Cover A) - Peter Milligan,Lewis LaRosa
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43 - Kevin Eastman,Tom Waltz,Kevin Eastman,Cory Smith

Quick reviews of the four comics I brought to the beach - well, I brought more than four, but I expected to be there longer.    I read these four. 


Gotham Academy #1: 


2 1/2 stars.   


Okay, but this took too long getting to where it was going and it lost me.   I just didn't really care in the end.  I have friends who love this series, but this #1 issue didn't impress me, and I'm not likely to continue on with this series. 


Spider-Man and the X-Men #1: 


5 stars


Wolverine is dead, but he's asked Spider-Man to be a guidance counselor at his school.   See, Spider-Man promised not tis ay anything, but he believed there was a mole at the school, and that it was one of the students.   He wants Spidey to figure out who it is, and save the school. 


No one else wants him, there though.   He takes a lot of crap from both the students and the other staff, who only grudgingly tolerate his presence because Wolverine wanted him there.   They believe that since he's not a mutant, his presence makes it look as if a 'flatscan' is there, telling the bad old mutants how to behave.  


Ouch.   Poor Spidey!   I may look into getting more of this series on the Marvel digital store, if more hasn't popped up on MU. 


Bloodshot #25: 


5 stars


Awesome end to this series, showing where Bloodshot has come from, and with some funny faux tips and faux ads.   Ah, I miss Bloodshot when he was full of nanites!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43: 


4 stars


This is one before a huge issue, that I knew about.  I knew what was going to happen.   And I still didn't feel as much as I expected to reading this.   I was just kind alf like 'eh'.    That being said, I liked the storyline and how it moved along quickly. 




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