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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #10

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #10

Credits

  • Words: Mark Millar
  • Art: Terry Dodson
  • Inks: Rachel Dodson
  • Colors: Ian Hannin
  • Story Title: The Last Stand - Part 2 (of 4)
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2005

To show that you can’t keep a notorious villain down and out forever, the Green Goblin busts out of prison with the aid of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Peter Parker/Spider-Man is a pretty emotional guy, despite (or as shown by) his outwardly jovial persona. The very essence of the responsibility behind Spider-Man’s heroism is based off a deep-seeded emotion of regret. Since the beginning of this title’s inception, Mark Millar has tapped into the emotional roots of the character by having Pete’s mother figure, Aunt May, get snatched up by a bad guy; this sending Spidey all over hell’s half-acre in search of his aunt, along with the truth.

Last issue we learned that it has all really been an elaborate plot hatched by Norman Osborne in the event he gets thrown in the slammer for being outed as the Green Goblin. Now Spidey and Black Cat have to race to boldly break ol’ Norman out of Riker’s or Aunt May is certain to starve to death all alone in an undisclosed location. Consequences be damned, they agree in desperation and achieve their goal with little difficulty. Of course, a deal with the Green Goblin is as bad as a deal with the devil himself--there is always a cost.

Two more issues. That is all Millar has left on his run. So far, it has been an entertaining ride with few missteps in storytelling. (Note: There is a seemingly enormous gaffe in this issue involving Black Cat’s name. Millar has publicly passed it off as a joke even though it doesn’t read as one.) That said, I think he could really go out with a bang and leave his mark on the Spider-Man mythos if he manages to talk Marvel into letting him kill Norman Osborne off once and for all--and I really mean "for all." The character has become the Lex Luthor of the Spidey titles over the last few years. He is either behind or directly responsible for every memorably ruinous atrocity Peter has endured during this period, and it’s just time to go. Aside from that, Millar brings forth a legion of nearly forgotten (thanks again, Norm!) rogues for Spider-Man to interact with next issue. It looks to be a Spider-smackdown that would make the New Avengers blush, and with Millar at the helms, it’s sure to be a memorable one.

The art gets a bit of a showcase moment this time out after enduring a mostly talking heads issue last month. The Dodsons and Hannin handle it quite well, complementing the script’s breakneck pace and gritty subject matter. My only gripe (as usual with T.D. on pencils) would be that the human characters really do need more of a nose instead of just a wavy slash and nostril. As is, the faces lose some depth and personality. But, again, that is a minor detail I am more than willing to continue overlooking as long as the overall quality found in this book remains.

Aside from being pretty much sick of Norman Osborne at the moment, I find this tale pretty gripping. At book’s end, lives still hang in the balance, and to turn up the suspense even further, the last three pages give me the feeling that Peter Parker is going to discover a whole new meaning to the phrase "bad day."

-Kert McAfee

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