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Being a Better Geek: Being a Better Geek: Ultimate Spider-man Issues 1-21 and Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar

Posted on 31 March 2014 by VinnieAve

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There Once Was a Man from a Test Tube: My Scarlet Spider Review

Posted on 12 January 2012 by DM

I have tweeted about it, I have anticipated it, I have waited months for it to come out, and I have sat down to tell you about it upon closing the last page.  Because it is that good.  I cannot wait a few days and let it stew because it would be unfair to you.  What if your local sold out of it before you could read this article? I am trying to look out for you here.

Let’s start with the art.  It was clear and concise.  There is no confusion here.  Stegman strikes me as very reminiscent of the Spider-Man art from Straczynski’s time with Peter Parker. It being quite clear that I like the art, I want to make it equally clear that I am not sure how well it fits in with the feel of the book.  However, maybe that is because the feel of the book is uncertain still.

The first word I would use to describe the tone of the book is noir.  We never see Kaine sleep, his internal monologues fill the book like little awesome pieces of self-depreciation, and parts can be quite gritty.  At the same time, a type of Spider-Man community seems to be juxtaposed over this noir book.  While it is too early to tell who will be a main character and who will not be, we do see quite a few potentials and with them a sense of camaraderie and humor.  The tones seem at odds with each other but they manage to be blended quite well.

Kaine the Enemy

Will he be a hero?

Yost does so well at the writing it makes me gush.  This is exactly the book that I have waited months for.  Kaine makes no qualms about what he thinks and feels.  There is a vulnerability to him as he does his best to reconcile his past life as a villain and what his present life might be.  We get right into that action of the book as well.  Villains and new characters are dropped on our heads without seeming awkward.  Kaine is able to relate his back-story to newcomers without clogging up the book as well.

As I said in the beginning, in my opinion this book is just that good.  Yost and Stegman deliver on everything about it.  A Spider-Man fan? You are going to find a book that feels familiar yet new to you here.  Never picked up a Spider-Man book before? This is a place to start. You will find yourself being caught up without even having to work at it. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book.

DM
All Geeks Considered

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