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Amazing Spider-Man Introduces a New, All-Female Sinister Syndicate

https://www.cbr.com/amazing-spider-man-sinister-syndicate/

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27

  • NICK SPENCER (W) • KEV WALKER (A) • Cover by RYAN OTTLEY
  • Bring on the Bad Guys Variant Cover by WOO CHUL LEE
  • There is a new Sinister Syndicate!
  • Beetle, Electro, Lady Octopus, Scorpia and White Rabbit have come together for one reason: TO HUNT BOOMERANG!
  • Spidey knew having Boomerang as a roommate would come back to bite him, but not like this.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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ComiXology Bestseller List, 25th June 2019 – A Question to Comic Store Owners About War Of The Realms

Matthew Snyder compiles the ComiXology Bestseller list every week. He writes:

Welcome to the ComiXology Bestseller list, your guide to see how well your favorite titles are selling digitally. Every week I’ll post the ranking of every new title, plus a ranking of the best selling volumes & graphic novels. As always, I hope you find it interesting and informative.

Well I’m back from a much deserved vacation, and while I like to say I spent most of it outdoors with my family, it was mostly spent catching up on my movie backlog (Searching was a delightful surprise, Venom does not deserve those bad reviews, but my God it is sad to see how far the Jurassic World franchise has fallen)

And I return to find the natural order of things back in place. One week after Marvel was to pull out a 3 point victory over DC in the Top 10, it’s back to the usual DC blowout. The final score:

  • DC: 39
  • Marvel: 14
  • Image: 2

C’mon, Marvel. Isn’t there supposed to an event happening?

While the main War of the Realms title remains Marvel’s best seller, even beating Superman last week, the numerous tie-ins are less impressive. Just like the numerous X-Man tie-ins, they’re scattered all over the sales chart like laundry in my bedroom. (I know what’s clean and semi-clean. I have a system). And the event doesn’t seem to helping the issues it’s tied into. Avengers still can’t beat Action orDetective Comics, and Venom still can’t crack the Top 10, even in a softer week.

DC was able to get boosts for its issues by way of smaller crossovers, such as Drowned Earth and Witching Hour. Was that the better strategy? Honestly, I have no clue. Marvel’s many tie-ins may not get them into the Top 10, but for all I know those issues could be making them more profit. I am neither a business executive or run a comic shop. But I know we have some comic shop owners reading. So if you don’t mind, I’d like to know in the comments:

A. Now that War of the Realms is a few months old, how well has the event helped your overall Marvel sales?

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B. What event strategy is more profitable for your stores? DC’s more restrained approach, or Marvel’s “here’s a dozen tie-ins!” approach?

And finally, a new indie titan has emerged. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda has now joined an elite club of indie comics that have cracked the Top 10. Congrats!

But why is it doing so much better on digital relatively? Easy: Image has frequent sales on volumes of many of its titles, and that allows many readers to catch up for cheap and get hooked. It’s why Walking Dead beats Batman every 1st week of the month, and why Saga is the only undefeated comic on the digital charts. Give readers a great story (and some frequent discounts), and they’ll just have to know what happens next, launching your title into the company of Marvel’s and DC’s biggest heroes.

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So go celebrate, Marjorie and Sana. It’s not every day you beat Iron Man.

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Top 25 Overall:

  1. Action Comics #1011
  2. Detective Comics #1004
  3. Avengers #19
  4. The Flash #71
  5. Justice League Dark #11
  6. Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6
  7. Mister Miracle (2017) (65% off)
  8. Wonder Woman #71
  9. Monstress #22
  10. Tony Stark: Iron Man #11
  11. War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #3
  12. Runaways #21
  13. Venom #14
  14. John Wick Vol. 1 (76% off)
  15. War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #2
  16. Doctor Strange #14
  17. War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Land of Giants #1
  18. X-Force #8
  19. Wolverine: Infinity Watch #4
  20. The Terrifics #16
  21. Mr. and Mrs. X #11
  22. War of the Realms #4
  23. War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #2
  24. Star Wars: Age of Rebellion- Jabba the Hutt #1
  25. Asgardians of the Galaxy #9

New Issue Rankings:

  1. Action Comics #1011
  2. Detective Comics #1004
  3. Avengers #19
  4. The Flash #71
  5. Justice League Dark #11
  6. Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6
  7. Wonder Woman #71
  8. Monstress #22
  9. Tony Stark: Iron Man #11
  10. War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #3
  11. Runaways #21
  12. Venom #14
  13. War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #2
  14. Doctor Strange #14
  15. War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Land of Giants #1
  16. X-Force #8
  17. Wolverine: Infinity Watch #4
  18. The Terrifics #16
  19. Mr. and Mrs. X #11
  20. War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #2
  21. Star Wars: Age of Rebellion- Jabba the Hutt #1
  22. Asgardians of the Galaxy #9
  23. Martian Manhunter #5
  24. Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4
  25. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #2
  26. Batgirl #35
  27. Books of Magic #8
  28. Dial H for Hero #3
  29. Batman Beyond #32
  30. War of the Realms: The Punisher #2
  31. Shuri #8
  32. The Unstoppable Wasp #8
  33. Star Trek: The Q Conflict #4
  34. Invisible Kingdom #3
  35. Marvel Comics Presents #5
  36. Middlewest #7
  37. Assassin Nation #3
  38. The Goon #2
  39. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43
  40. Animosity #21
  41. Faithless #2
  42. Redneck #20
  43. Savage Dragon #244
  44. Rumble #12
  45. Scooby-Doo Team-Up #96 (99-cent digital first)
  46. Cyber Force #10
  47. The Warning #7
  48. Stone Star #3 (Comixology Original)
  49. Incursion #4
  50. Bone Parish #9
  51. Vampblade Season 4 #1
  52. The Avant-Guards #5
  53. Black Butler #152
  54. Sink #9
  55. Road of Bones #1
  56. Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter #2
  57. Ghost Tree #2
  58. Dead Mount Death Play #30
  59. Riverdale Season Three #3

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#38955 Posted by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

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The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 25th May 2019 – “DC is Beginning to Stand for “Disaster Coming”

This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait till the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion. And it was Detective Comics, which rarely gets the top spot, that took Batman all the way. Miles Morales: Spider-Man is getting a definite bump. And Monstress is on the rise…

Top ten bestselling comics of the week

  1. Detective Comics #1,004
  2. Avengers #19
  3. Action Comics #1011
  4. Venom #14
  5. Miles Morales: Spider-Man#6
  6. Flash #71
  7. Tony Stark Iron Man #11
  8. Dr Strange #14
  9. Star Wars Age of Republic Jabba the Hutt #1
  10. Monstress #22

Thanks to the following retailers

Who had this to say,

Detective Comics took our top slot this week, but only one other DC made the top ten–Justice League Dark #11. Both of Kevin Eastman’s new books hit our top ten, and Marvel’s facsimile reprint of an almost-40-year old Star Wars outsold every DC other than Detective. Think about that for a moment–more of our customers would rather pay $4.99 for a facsimile reprint than pay $3.99 for a brand-new issue of a DC comic. We’re not talking Wolverine’s first appearance here, either–we’re talking a random issue of Star Wars! DC is beginning to stand for “Disaster Coming,” and I’m not sure dreary villain-centric storylines have any hope of turning the tide. And here’s another oddity: beginning last month, our line wide DC sales swing to 68% regular covers, 32% variants… just as DC is announcing plans to push their variants with card stock covers at a $1 higher price point. I think this might be an example of “too much too late.” DC readers are bored with most of the ongoing series storylines, and they’re looking elsewhere for exciting reading.

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There are a lot of good comics being sold this week, it’s great to see there is another comic besides the typical Marvel and DC story be on top.

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Pretty average week. Detective Comics and Action Comics performed well, with Venom wedging itself squarely between the two of them, selling higher numbers that we’ve seen for the past few issues. This is surprising, given that Cullen Bunn is writing the War of the Realms tie-in issues, and, well, it’s a tie-in issue. War of the Realms Strikeforce Land of Giants made it into the top 10 for us as well (surprisingly surpassing the Uncanny X-Men tie-in), which leads me to believe that War of the Realms and all of its tie-ins are something that our Marvel readers are really, genuinely enjoying. Marvel Comics Presents #5 also sold in volume, but given it featured a Venom story, that was to be expected. Marvel ended up winning the week 7:3, but since next week is bogged down with a new Bat-Book, Heroes in Crisis, and Doomsday Clock, DC will more than make up for it.

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Pretty by-the-book week sales-wise. Notable that MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN sells about as well as DETECTIVE for us. The rest of the list is Marvel and DC standards, placing about where they usually do on most weeks. The only other notable element being the continued success of the McElroy-penned WAR OF THE REALMS JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY tie-in miniseries, and that WotR tie-ins have been doing reasonably well for us in general.

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Amazing Spider-Man#22 is a must-read if you want to see yet another post-OMD decision undone...

...Kraven's Resurrection!

Peter battles Kraven, who tries to push the Spider into killing him and fulfilling the prophecy, Peter continues to have visions of a lifeless Mary Jane lying in a pool of blood. Peter gets a second wind and brutalises Kraven, but eventually shows Kraven what is going on in the park with Felicia, Curt and Billy. Curt savagely attacks the Kraven clone and nearly kills him but holds back and hands Billy back to Felicia before slipping off into the shadows. Kraven, moved by these acts of compassion, decides to sever the link between the Hunter avatars and the socialites, ending the game. The Vulture's army celebrate their victory and believe Tooms to be responsible. Kraven tells Peter he has a pass and to go and find MJ as she needs him. However, Kraven's "son" resurfaces determined to take care of unfinished buisness. He clashes with Spidey, and manages to defeat and kills him!

But WAIT, Kraven's "son" suddenly sees Peter swinging away above him, he unmasks the Spidey he's defeated to find it's Kraven. Kraven found a way around fulfilling the prophecy that the Spider would kill him...by once again becoming the Spider.

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#38958 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@zariusii said:

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Amazing Spider-Man#22 is a must-read if you want to see yet another post-OMD decision undone...

...Kraven's Resurrection!

Peter battles Kraven, who tries to push the Spider into killing him and fulfilling the prophecy, Peter continues to have visions of a lifeless Mary Jane lying in a pool of blood. Peter gets a second wind and brutalises Kraven, but eventually shows Kraven what is going on in the park with Felicia, Curt and Billy. Curt savagely attacks the Kraven clone and nearly kills him but holds back and hands Billy back to Felicia before slipping off into the shadows. Kraven, moved by these acts of compassion, decides to sever the link between the Hunter avatars and the socialites, ending the game. The Vulture's army celebrate their victory and believe Tooms to be responsible. Kraven tells Peter he has a pass and to go and find MJ as she needs him. However, Kraven's "son" resurfaces determined to take care of unfinished buisness. He clashes with Spidey, and manages to defeat and kills him!

But WAIT, Kraven's "son" suddenly sees Peter swinging away above him, he unmasks the Spidey he's defeated to find it's Kraven. Kraven found a way around fulfilling the prophecy that the Spider would kill him...by once again becoming the Spider.

So... What was the post OMD decision that was undone? Kraven being alive?

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#38959 Posted by animehunter (8758 posts) - - Show Bio

The 10 Most Underrated Spider-Man Stories

https://www.cbr.com/underrated-spider-man-stories/

10- SPIDER-MAN VS. WOLVERINE

We've seen encounters between superheroes go bad before, but rarely does it get as dark as 1987's Spider-Man vs. Wolverine by Jim Owsley and Mark Bright. While Spider-Man and Wolverine had met before, they were by no means the friendly teammates seen later after a few years working together with the New Avengers.

When the pair met in Berlin, they were both on the trail of an assassin who was killing former KGB agents, and the resulting events would see two people dead, and Spider-Man dropping further into the darkness that would overtake him in coming storylines. Spider-Man vs Wolverine is an impactful part of Spidey's mythology that is sometimes tragically forgotten.

9- THE DEATH OF JEAN DEWOLFF

Peter David, in the beginnings of his comic career, worked with artist Rich Buckler on Spectacular Spider-Man, which was turning away from the upbeat and light-hearted stories. David introduced a psychopathic villain known as the Sin-Eater in an incredibly ugly way by violently killing off Jean DeWolff, who was Spider-Man's closest ally in the police department for years.

The storyline featured some incredible moments for Spider-Man that really humanized the character, and was well-regarded in its time as one of Spider-Man's best stories. But over the years it has become overshadowed by other critical deaths in Spider-Man's life, and even other storylines like the birth of Eddie Brock as Venom, whose hatred of Spider-Man began in this storyline.

8- "MAYBE NEXT YEAR"

Every so often a single standalone issue comes along that tugs at the heartstrings and gets to the core of what makes Spider-Man one of the most popular comic book characters. When writer Paul Jenkins took over the first volume of Peter Parker: Spider-Man, he refocused the stories around Peter Parker and managed to deliver a few amazing single issues that need to be revisited.

In Peter Parker: Spider-Man #33's "Maybe Next Year," Spider-Man is celebrating the anniversary of his Uncle Ben's death by keeping their tradition alive and going to a Mets game. Over the course of the flashbacks, we learn that Uncle Ben had more than one powerful lesson to teach young Peter, which makes his loss all the more real.

7- SPIDER-MAN: FEVER

It's very likely some fans may have missed out on Brendan McCarthy's fantastic Spider-Man: Fever, which served as a trippy love letter to Steve Ditko, co-creator of both Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. The mini-series took readers on a psychedelic trip through the mystical realms with Doctor Strange as he attempts to save Spider-Man.

Any fan of Ditko's will immediately feel transported back to that time when he was blowing readers minds with his work on Doctor Strange, and everything about Fever respectfully draws on Ditko's unique art style, from the surrealist mystical dimension's to Spider-Man's creepy and unsettling movements that Ditko drew made so iconic in the early days of Amazing Spider-Man.

6- BOOK OF EZEKIEL

There's no denying that J. Michael Straczynski's run on Amazing Spider-Man has taken a bit of flak over the years, considering storylines like "Sins Past" tried to redefine characters in less than flattering ways. But his run also tried to begin a new life for Peter Parker, changing his job, his relationship with his Aunt May, and even his origin story.

When JMS and John Romita Jr. introduced the character Ezekiel Sims, they also brought in the notion that Spider-Man's powers are the result of his connection to the totemic powers of the Spider, which wasn't readily accepted by fans. At least, until Spider-Verse further played on the ideas created by JMS in his run, leading to years of storylines and even an Oscar-nominated movie.

5- MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #1-12

The initial Marvel Knights line of comics can be credited with helping bring Marvel back from the brink during the comic boom and bust of the 90s. this line expanded after it's initial success and included a new Spider-Man title from Mark Millar and Terry Dodson, which would later become the second volume of Sensational Spider-Man after the Marvel Knights line was retired.

The initial storyline was collected over three trades and featured a number of new villainous developments, including former Scorpion Mac Gargan becoming the new Venom and the Green Goblin assembling the Sinister Twelve. The storyline also features Spidey working closely again with the Black Cat and kicked off a number of storylines, yet sometimes fails to get the love it deserves.

4- BRAND NEW DAY

In one of the most divisive moves Marvel Comics ever made with their characters, Peter Parker's marriage to Mary Jane and the reveal of his secret identity to the world were undone by a series of mystical events, forever altering Spider-Man's history and kicking off a new chapter in the life of Spider-Man. Fans were understandably upset, and the following "Brand New Day" suffered.

Except "Brand New Day" was actually pretty good, introduced a number of new characters and villains to further enforce Spidey's new life and direction. The move also brought a few great creative teams under the same Amazing Spider-Manbanner, including long-time scribe Dan Slott, and began crafting some of the best Spidey stories fans had seen in years.

3- SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH

Spider-Man has few true friends in the superhero community, but Johnny Storm/Human Torch is easily his best one. While their friendship started out rocky, they were both influential in each other's lives and soon became trusted confidantes and brothers in comedy.

Dan Slott and Ty Templeton took readers back through a number of key moments in the pair's friendship in Spider-Man/Human Torch, which told a number of untold stories featuring Peter and Johnny that not only showcased what makes them such great friends, but also the impact that has had on the city of New York, the Fantastic Four, and the history of the Marvel Universe.

2- FUTURE FOUNDATION

It was Spider-Man's relationship with Human Torch that led to another big change in Spider-Man's career when he joined the rest of the Fantastic Four following the apparent death of Johnny Storm. Rebranded as the Future Foundation, Spider-Man worked with the FF for a short period of time until Johnny returned, making it seem a little gimmicky to fans.

However, Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting used Peter's time with the FF to show how Spider-Man is regarded among other heroes like the Fantastic Four and give readers a chance to further explore the scientific prowess of Spider-Man when contrasted with Reed Richards and the other bright minds of the Future Foundation.

1- WORLDWIDE

Dan Slott was responsible for a number of spectacular runs during his decade-long tenure as writer of Amazing Spider-Man, but it was one of his more recent storylines that seemed to fall flat with a few fans, despite raising Peter Parker to a higher status level than he had ever seen. Following the critically-acclaimed Superior Spider-Man run, Peter Parker was back and bigger than ever.

"Worldwide" saw Spider-Man try to extend his reach globally, both through the hugely successful Parker Industries and his work as Spider-Man, effectively making Peter the new Tony Stark. The storyline showcased the extreme good someone like Peter Parker can do with unlimited resources, but "Worldwide" also showcased the realities of the "Parker Luck" in true Spidey fashion.

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#38960 Edited by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber Yes

@animehunter CBR are a pack of lying rat-arsed yellow bellied journalists who don't deserve to have their opinions promoted. They can't even get their facts right regarding Into the Spider-Verse...it was an oscar-winning movie, not just a nominated one. Planks.

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#38961 Edited by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

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@ursaber Yes

@animehunter CBR are a pack of lying rat-arsed yellow bellied journalists who don't deserve to have their opinions promoted. They can't even get their facts right regarding Into the Spider-Verse...it was an oscar-winning movie, not just a nominated one. Planks.

jounalism today is simply opinion pieces, well... That's all journalism ever was I guess

Although only stories like BND, Worldwide are the only ones that feel out of place. The rest are pretty good entries.

if Spider-Verse didn't win the oscar for best animation, who did, Incredibles?

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#38962 Edited by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber Into The Spider-Verse DID win the oscar for best animation. I never said it didn't.

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#38963 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

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@ursaber Into The Spider-Verse DID win the oscar for best animation. I never said it didn't.

ah, sorry, I misread

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#38964 Edited by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber That's fine, I speed-read sometimes myself (sometimes that pesters me when I have to share comic book summaries on other forums)

And yeah, you can't help but notice I'm a little extra bitter towards CBR again because they banned my IP Address so I can't read their forums.

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#38965 Posted by Mizerous (723 posts) - - Show Bio

Time for centipede guy reveal.

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#38966 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@zariusii said:

@ursaber That's fine, I speed-read sometimes myself (sometimes that pesters me when I have to share comic book summaries on other forums)

And yeah, you can't help but notice I'm a little extra bitter towards CBR again because they banned my IP Address so I can't read their forums.

they banned you!? Like they did metamorphosis, why?

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#38967 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

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Time for centipede guy reveal.

bout damn time!

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#38968 Posted by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@zariusii said:

@ursaber That's fine, I speed-read sometimes myself (sometimes that pesters me when I have to share comic book summaries on other forums)

And yeah, you can't help but notice I'm a little extra bitter towards CBR again because they banned my IP Address so I can't read their forums.

they banned you!? Like they did metamorphosis, why?

They didn't give a reason or cited an example, just said I had way too many infractions and my behaviour wasn't improving.

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#38969 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@zariusii said:
@ursaber said:
@zariusii said:

@ursaber That's fine, I speed-read sometimes myself (sometimes that pesters me when I have to share comic book summaries on other forums)

And yeah, you can't help but notice I'm a little extra bitter towards CBR again because they banned my IP Address so I can't read their forums.

they banned you!? Like they did metamorphosis, why?

They didn't give a reason or cited an example, just said I had way too many infractions and my behaviour wasn't improving.

permanent ban?

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#38970 Edited by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber Yes. An IP ban also means you can't view the forums even if you're logged out. I'm done.

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#38971 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

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@ursaber Yes. An IP ban also means you can't view the forums even if you're logged out. I'm done.

damn, so sorry. No way to get around that? I'm sure there are many ways. Though I suppose tricking or countering IP would be a little tough

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#38972 Edited by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber It can be sort of worked around by switching to different computers, but I'm not 'booting up another one just to sneak back on that forum.

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#38973 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@zariusii said:

@ursaber It can be sort of worked around by switching to different computers, but I'm not 'booting up another one just to sneak back on that forum.

good riddance then!

Still got here and there are plenty of other comic book sites with forums to interact with

granted, CBR had a pretty decent audience number

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#38974 Edited by Thor_Parker82 (16436 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, this issue was so good, Kraven was handled pretty well.

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#38975 Edited by animehunter (8758 posts) - - Show Bio

Someone posted this over at Spider-Man Crawlspace

There's a Nick Lowe interview by Jim Beard in a free previews thing that should be available at your LCS. He talks about Spencer and Ottley's run so far, some stuff coming up, and his thoughts on Lee and Ditko's legacy. I've transcribed most of the interview in which he talks about Mary Jane, Mysterio, and Centidemon.

Marvel: We have heard that Mary Jane figures into Amazing Spider-Man #25. Will we get to see her a lot more post-25?

Nick Lowe: We tried to convince everyone to call #25 "The Amazing Mary Jane," but we got shot down. But she is a huge part of this series and especially #25. Very much what this issue is about is the two of them, her and Peter, and what they bring to each other, what their relationship is means to each of them. So it's a really cool take on a Spider-Man story and what is going to happen moving forward.

Marvel: If that weren't enough, can readers expect some more information on that mysterious bandaged figure we've seen? Whose life will he change the most?

Nick Lowe: Oof...oh my gosh, there is a lot coming with that mystery bandaged character. You will see a lot of him and as we promised on the cover of issue #24, he plays a big part there. He is a huge part of this entire run of Amazing Spider-Man, as we have been trying to tease over and over again with the hoodoo he has on so many major characters. As far as what his interest in Peter is, what his name is, what his goals are, that's the whole fun of the story, so I can't tell you any more than that. But #24 and #25 are very important to that ongoing story.

Marvel: Hey, we tried, Spider-Fans! Now, Nick, how's it feel to bring Mysterio back after 25 issues? What's he after?

Nick Lowe: It's a lot of fun. Like you said, we haven't seen him since issue #1. He was our big villain then in both our main story and our backup. So Nick -- if you know anything about Nick Spencer -- he thinks big. He goes big; he uses lots of awesome characters in crazy ways. His plans for Mysterio... When I say you have barely seen the tip of the iceberg, I mean it. And it is a very weird and intense iceberg. You literally cannot predict it. I defy any human being to try to guess what Nick's plans for Mysterio are. Nick's plans are just unpredictable completely.

Marvel: Okay then, what sort of things might make Amazing Spider-Man #25 a good jumping-on point for readers?

Nick Lowe: We take these anniversary issues very, very seriously. And especially a big ticket item like Amazing Spider-Man #25. We want to make sure that anyone can get started there. So much so, that in the events of issue #23 and #24, they are kind of wrapping up things and setting a couple of things in motion, but for the most part they are closing out some things so that #25 is kind of like a new start. It's a perfect jumping-on point between Peter and MJ and Electro and all that kind of stuff, so you need to know nothing going in there; it will take you by the hand and walk you through it.

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#38977 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, this issue was so good, Kraven was handled pretty well.

It was okay, I myself wanted more of an all out brawl between Spidey and Kraven however.

But the twist at the end was pretty good.

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I've been saying in other forums "Hunted" was a disappointing arc, and Newsarama agrees with me. I feel Nick stuck the landing, but not much else.

Best Shots Reviews: BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22

Amazing Spider-Man #22

Written by Nick Spencer

Art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado and Erick Arciniega

Lettering by Joe Caramagna

Published by Marvel Comics

Review by Pierce Lydon

‘Rama Rating: 5 out of 10

While comics are often praised for being a medium of endless possibilities, superhero comics can sometimes be the antithesis of that idea. Frequently these properties get stuck in nostalgia loops with new works saying little more than “wasn’t that old story cool?” and creators failing to do more than tip their caps to those that came before them. That’s unfortunately where Nick Spencer finds himself with the conclusion of “Hunted,” an arc that does little more than remind us that “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is a story that exists.

There was definitely some promise in Spencer’s initial setup for this art. Having Arcade and Kraven team-up for a Most Dangerous Game-style story that pits the Marvel Universe’s animal-themed heroes and villains against those who can afford to hunt them is a story with potential. And arguably, the space given to examine individual villains still holds up. But the main narrative was directionless and meandering, nowhere more so than in its conclusion that sees Spider-Man and Kraven go one-on-one.

Instead of a battle between the iconic pair, Spencer contextualizes Kraven’s obsession through the lens of J. Michael Straczynski’s divisive storyline “The Other,” and that’s certainly a choice. While events (like Spider-Verse) have gone to a similar place and the math adds up in terms of Kraven’s relationship to the animal kingdom, it’s hardly an exciting conclusion. We’re left with a buildup that felt three issues too long and a conclusion that felt two issues too short. Schmaltzy monologuing about what it means to be a hero is par for the course in a Spider-Man book, but it just doesn’t feel earned here especially when it seems to just solve the storyline so suddenly.

And with a dialogue-heavy issue, Spencer really fails to play to his art team’s strengths. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Humberto Ramos’ linework is some of the most energetic in comics, but it feels like he’s really laboring here. He doesn’t get as much consistency from his renderings of Spider-Man as we’re used to. The fight choreography feels like it’s capturing moments a second after the one that would have been the most explosive. His backgrounds are mostly nonexistent, and that leads to the colors taking on a sort of murky amorphous quality. It’s not the best look overall from the art team.

Nick Spencer’s run has been a mixed bag to this point. It will certainly be interesting to see where he goes from here given that this arc hasn’t been quite the event that it could have been. It’s surprising that he decided to riff so closely to an older story given that his initial arc at least attempted to do something a little but unexpected. As for this one, if nothing else, “Hunted” will remind you that “The Gauntlet” and “Kraven’s Last Hunt” are comics that are more than worth your time and money.

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#38981 Posted by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber Hopefully the animation style has changed, we know the original studios have closed.

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#38983 Posted by MarvelMan92 (5276 posts) - - Show Bio

You Cannot Make This **** Up.....

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#38984 Edited by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@zariusii said:

@ursaber Hopefully the animation style has changed, we know the original studios have closed.

Animation AND art style.

And put a lid on diversity and whatnot.

And less use of 3d assets. Completely 2d.

And no Peter with Ben 10 green eyes.

Sadly it'll still be teen Peter.

The first lines from the cop in the first episode of the series still haunts me "science is the new currency" or something like that. Everyone just has suits of power armor. Lame.

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#38985 Posted by ZariusII (5868 posts) - - Show Bio

You Cannot Make This **** Up.....

I love how 96% of the comments are "bring back Spectacular Spider-Man"

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#38986 Posted by MarvelMan92 (5276 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@zariusii said:

@ursaber Hopefully the animation style has changed, we know the original studios have closed.

Animation AND art style.

And put a lid on diversity and whatnot.

And less use of 3d assets. Completely 2d.

And no Peter with Ben 10 green eyes.

Sadly it'll still be teen Peter.

The first lines from the cop in the first episode of the series still haunts me "science is the new currency" or something like that. Everyone just has suits of power armor. Lame.

I'd Rather They Just Reboot The Series All Together And Set Peter During His Post College Years, Have Peter Engaged With MJ, Have Him More Experienced, Have Some Focus On His Everyday Life, Push For Norman As The Antagonist Since The Guy Deserves More Respect Than He Should Be Given Credit For, And Have Miles Be Peter's Protege, And, If You Want To Have Spider-Gwen, Have Her Be A Clone. Would Be Interesting Of Her Being That.

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#38989 Posted by MarvelMan92 (5276 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah, So Cates Is The New Showrunner Of The Series. That's Great. If Only The Series Was:

-Still Rebooted

-Had None Of The Other Weird Versions Of The Characters.

-Had The Other Spiders Together At The Exact Same Age(That Mostly Includes Both Miles And Anya).

-Had Everything Faulty In The First Two Seasons.

Anyway, Hopefully This Will Be The Final Season And Cates Brings This Series As Great And Epic It Could Be.

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#38990 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd Rather They Just Reboot The Series All Together And Set Peter During His Post College Years, Have Peter Engaged With MJ, Have Him More Experienced, Have Some Focus On His Everyday Life, Push For Norman As The Antagonist Since The Guy Deserves More Respect Than He Should Be Given Credit For, And Have Miles Be Peter's Protege, And, If You Want To Have Spider-Gwen, Have Her Be A Clone. Would Be Interesting Of Her Being That.

Engaged to MJ is not a viable idea for the studios making this series.

I'd rather leave Norman out and just have a one identity Green or Hobgoblin antagonist.

Exclude Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen indefinitely!

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#38991 Posted by MarvelMan92 (5276 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@marvelman92 said:

I'd Rather They Just Reboot The Series All Together And Set Peter During His Post College Years, Have Peter Engaged With MJ, Have Him More Experienced, Have Some Focus On His Everyday Life, Push For Norman As The Antagonist Since The Guy Deserves More Respect Than He Should Be Given Credit For, And Have Miles Be Peter's Protege, And, If You Want To Have Spider-Gwen, Have Her Be A Clone. Would Be Interesting Of Her Being That.

Engaged to MJ is not a viable idea for the studios making this series.

I'd rather leave Norman out and just have a one identity Green or Hobgoblin antagonist.

Exclude Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen indefinitely!

-Yeah, Have Him Engaged In The End Of The First Season Or Whatever.

-Norman Osborn Is Like Peter's Greatest Enemy. The Guy Is Like Pure Evil. I Do Prefer Him As The Green Goblin And Would Love To See Roderick Kingsley As The Hobgoblin. Have An Arc With Them Inspired By Roger Stern's Idea And How Norman Showcased His Sociopathy And Evil In The Later Seasons.

-Yeah, Spider-Gwen I Agree With. But, Miles Is Too Popular Not To Be There. To Them, He's Like Spidey's Nightwing. You Could Make Some Great Use For Him.

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#38992 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@marvelman92 said:

I'd Rather They Just Reboot The Series All Together And Set Peter During His Post College Years, Have Peter Engaged With MJ, Have Him More Experienced, Have Some Focus On His Everyday Life, Push For Norman As The Antagonist Since The Guy Deserves More Respect Than He Should Be Given Credit For, And Have Miles Be Peter's Protege, And, If You Want To Have Spider-Gwen, Have Her Be A Clone. Would Be Interesting Of Her Being That.

Engaged to MJ is not a viable idea for the studios making this series.

I'd rather leave Norman out and just have a one identity Green or Hobgoblin antagonist.

Exclude Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen indefinitely!

-Yeah, Have Him Engaged In The End Of The First Season Or Whatever.

-Norman Osborn Is Like Peter's Greatest Enemy. The Guy Is Like Pure Evil. I Do Prefer Him As The Green Goblin And Would Love To See Roderick Kingsley As The Hobgoblin. Have An Arc With Them Inspired By Roger Stern's Idea And How Norman Showcased His Sociopathy And Evil In The Later Seasons.

-Yeah, Spider-Gwen I Agree With. But, Miles Is Too Popular Not To Be There. To Them, He's Like Spidey's Nightwing. You Could Make Some Great Use For Him.

No man, I'm saying, it your wish to see them married or engaged in a movie or tv series. It just won't happen.

I know Norman is his big bad, man, but I am tired of him. I prefer the villains' evil persona rather than their real identity.

Don't care about how popular Miles or Gwen are. Mine are Peter Parker stories. He's the only spider that matters.

Spidey is his own Nightwing. He's Nightwing if he had never met Batman and never became Robin in the first place. Self made hero.

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#38995 Posted by MarvelMan92 (5276 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@marvelman92 said:
@ursaber said:
@marvelman92 said:

I'd Rather They Just Reboot The Series All Together And Set Peter During His Post College Years, Have Peter Engaged With MJ, Have Him More Experienced, Have Some Focus On His Everyday Life, Push For Norman As The Antagonist Since The Guy Deserves More Respect Than He Should Be Given Credit For, And Have Miles Be Peter's Protege, And, If You Want To Have Spider-Gwen, Have Her Be A Clone. Would Be Interesting Of Her Being That.

Engaged to MJ is not a viable idea for the studios making this series.

I'd rather leave Norman out and just have a one identity Green or Hobgoblin antagonist.

Exclude Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen indefinitely!

-Yeah, Have Him Engaged In The End Of The First Season Or Whatever.

-Norman Osborn Is Like Peter's Greatest Enemy. The Guy Is Like Pure Evil. I Do Prefer Him As The Green Goblin And Would Love To See Roderick Kingsley As The Hobgoblin. Have An Arc With Them Inspired By Roger Stern's Idea And How Norman Showcased His Sociopathy And Evil In The Later Seasons.

-Yeah, Spider-Gwen I Agree With. But, Miles Is Too Popular Not To Be There. To Them, He's Like Spidey's Nightwing. You Could Make Some Great Use For Him.

No man, I'm saying, it your wish to see them married or engaged in a movie or tv series. It just won't happen.

I know Norman is his big bad, man, but I am tired of him. I prefer the villains' evil persona rather than their real identity.

Don't care about how popular Miles or Gwen are. Mine are Peter Parker stories. He's the only spider that matters.

Spidey is his own Nightwing. He's Nightwing if he had never met Batman and never became Robin in the first place. Self made hero.

Yeah, As If. They Are Together In Game And Together In Sony's Spider-Verse. If Marvel Really Wants To Show This, They Should Just Give Us The Very Thing We Wanted. The Very Thing The Two Really Want.

But, The Goblin IS His Identity. Infact, The Norman Aspect Has Been Much Worse Than The Goblin One. The Goblin Sickness Was Just His Way Out. The Very Thing To Set Him Free. And While We Do Have The Other Villains, Norman Has Always Been His Torment. And Honestly, The Guy Needs The Recognition He Deserves.

Great Analogy Of The Character. Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself. Still, If People Are Gonna Be That Stubborn, We Might As Well Call Miles The Tim Drake Of The Family.

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#38996 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16436 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@thor_parker82 said:

Man, this issue was so good, Kraven was handled pretty well.

It was okay, I myself wanted more of an all out brawl between Spidey and Kraven however.

But the twist at the end was pretty good.

A longer fight would have been welcome indeed.

But man, I am loving Spencer's run so far, after Slott, this is just what we needed.

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#38997 Posted by MarvelMan92 (5276 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@thor_parker82 said:

Man, this issue was so good, Kraven was handled pretty well.

It was okay, I myself wanted more of an all out brawl between Spidey and Kraven however.

But the twist at the end was pretty good.

A longer fight would have been welcome indeed.

But man, I am loving Spencer's run so far, after Slott, this is just what we needed.

Indeed. Really Love This Run So Far.

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#38998 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@ursaber said:
@thor_parker82 said:

Man, this issue was so good, Kraven was handled pretty well.

It was okay, I myself wanted more of an all out brawl between Spidey and Kraven however.

But the twist at the end was pretty good.

A longer fight would have been welcome indeed.

But man, I am loving Spencer's run so far, after Slott, this is just what we needed.

Its been good. Not great, buy highly enjoyable and fun to read. Making creative decisions such as rekindling the MJ romance, making Cat remember Peter and Kraven dying again are good prospects.

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#39000 Posted by ursaber (10290 posts) - - Show Bio

@animehunter: a good thing that can be said about Quesada, is that generally he is a good artist

Those people looking up at Spidey are supposed to be random pedestrians, right? Cause one looks eerily like Gwen and the other like an MJ with short hair, a Jameson with what looks to be one eye and a hat.

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