Comics : Marvel Heroes (UK Magazine) #12

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This story is part of a Lookback Series: British History

This review was first published on: Aug 2011.

Background...

This story links in with the lead-story from this issue, as reviewed in Marvel Heroes (UK Magazine) #12.

However, with a different artist and a very different attitude, this is less of a "story arc" and more of a loose crossover in the MacGuffin department.

In Detail...

"Heavy Hangs the Head"
Marvel Heroes (UK Magazine) #12 (Story 2)
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Summary: Spider-Man
Writer:  James Peatty
Pencils:  Carlos Gomez
Inker:  Lee Townsend
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In part one, a quantum missile went missing through a wormhole from a far-distant sector of space. Where could it have gone to?

New York. Where a brilliant scientist has created a "wormhole detector" which has just recently started to give positive readings. Naturally, the Professor calls high school student Peter Parker. No, seriously. The Professor called "the press". That means a nineteen year old action photographer, naturally! Well, the fact that Peter is also at the same college might help. Hah. Really? Of course, the press isn't interested in "science", unless there's a "hook".

Suddenly. Ping! The wormhole manifests and an alien pod appears, along with a giant rampaging alien monster. Peter and the Professor hatch a plan. Spider-Man also appears (naturally) to play his part, leading the monster back into the wormhole, just as the Professor deactivates his wormhole sensor.

You see, by complete and utter coincidence, the wormhole detector was also what attracted the wormhole and kept it in place. Disabling the Professor's machine removed the anchor point, causing the wormhole to collapse in on itself.

Science has saved the day after all. Spidey lets the Prof take all the credit for saving the planet, and there's the "hook" that takes the story global. Three cheers for science!

In General...

This second story is just as silly as the first, but the six page Spider-Man second half is so ridiculous that it crosses that line into entertainment. It's almost a tribute to the crazy space monster stories that the Fantastic Four and Avengers were so good at back in the 1960's.

Overall Rating...

Considered such in a classic context, this is really not too bad at all. Four webs.