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Review: Osborn #1

Why does Norman have such a big grin on his face if he's behind bars?

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The biggest slimeball in the Marvel Universe now has a five issue limited series. Despite being locked away do you really think Norman is out of the game? 
 

The Good 

One the first page Norman is sitting in his cell at the Raft while waiting to see if and what he'll be charged for. The patience he shows demonstrates how calculating he can be. Norman had a big plan during Dark Reign and this obviously isn't where he was supposed to end up. You get the impression that Norman would have contingency plans if everything blew up in his face. We've been seeing people with Goblin tattoos in recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man so it's just a matter of time until we discover the next phase of Norman's scheme. 
 
The idea of a "Special Containment Center" is brilliant. It shouldn't be a surprise that there would be an ultra-secret location for the vilest of bad guys. We get a glimpse at some of the inmates there. Are they anyone we've heard of? Of course not. They've been locked up forever. Brilliant! 
 

The Bad 

I do like Emma Rios' interpretation of Norman Osborn. The fact that his hair is a tiny bit different could be explained by the fact that he's locked up and doesn't have time to properly style it. I do have to say that the way Peter Parker was drawn didn't sit well with me. Again, it's great seeing different styles but when I showed someone the scene with Peter talking to Nora, they had no idea who he was supposed to be. I was also a little confused about Peter and Nora's interaction based since I thought he was in a sort of committed relationship. It could just be a matter that this issue took place before Amazing Spider-Man #647
 

The Verdict- 4/5 

The biggest obstacle a first issue faces is trying to set up the entire series. I can't say this issue is chock full of action but we get some major seeds planted here. Seeing Norman calmly doing nothing is almost scarier than seeing him in action. That image on the cover says it all. There's something going on in that wacky mind of his. The backup by Warren Ellis adds some backstory and further peeks my interest to see how all the pieces are going to fit together. Norman has something big planned and you'll want to see how it plays out.    

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I'm getting this!

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The tat rocks

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i notice the tatoo on his neck is the same as that tat that one guy showed harry in the recent issue of amazing spiderman and said something like "this is my symbol blah blah blah i serve your father, my leader." or whatever. This leads me to believe hes going to be getting a following soon and return to his craaaaazy flying ways. :)
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A story that revolves around getting into the mind of a villain is always a favorite of mine. So this is definitely on my pull list! 
I'm glad is started out good. 

" I was also a little confused about Peter and Nora's interaction based since I thought he was in a sort of committed relationship. It could just be a matter that this issue took place before  Amazing Spider-Man #647 ." 


Nora and Peter have always had a flirtatious relationship... but it has never actually gone anywhere.  
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man youve convinced me. Ill be picking this up next week.

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@UpUpAndAway: That was Vin Gonzalez. I thought it was CRAZY that he had a tattoo. I can't wait to see where that goes. 
 
@sora_thekey: Peter's comment "Check, please!" seemed a little inappropriate based on what she was implying. In AMS 647 he finally asked Carlie to officially be his girlfriend.
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I am going to wait on the HC.

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@G-Man: Would that be mean that he wanted to leave? That's how I understood it! (Not that I have read the book, but this scene was in the preview that Marvel posted) 
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Looking forward to this series.

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2.5/5  
 
Did we really need a whole cast of new villains for this? 

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Norman went from Lex Luthor to Hannibal Lector. Epic.

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@Jake Fury: I thought it made perfect sense to have new villains. You can't have existing villains in a super-secret prison that no one (including us) knows about. These are dudes that have been locked up for a while.
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@G-Man: True. I just think theres quite a few unused villains out there they could have used.
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@Jake Fury: What I was getting at in my interview with Kelly Sue is if a villain manages to escape this super-secret prison, they'll know the location. And you know that the bad guy will just blab it to everyone.
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Norman getting his own (mini)series??
I didn't even knew about this one!

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Is Pryor Cashman the same Kingmaker or a different one? Cashman's powers sound the same albeit now more clearly defined but their aliases are different.