Comics : Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #419

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This review was first published on: 2004.

Background...

Not much background here, except that every one's favorite original-and-best Spider-Man, Peter Parker, is back in the webs. A month has passed since the death of Ben Reilly and the assumed death of little May Parker, and it seems like Peter and MJ have all but forgotten their losses.

In Detail...

"Beware The Black Tarantula!"
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #419
Jan 1997 : SMURF 419.500 : SM Title
Summary: El Uno, First Black Tarantula
Editor:  Ralph Macchio
Writer:  Tom DeFalco
Pencils:  Steve Skroce
Inker:  Bud LaRosa
Cover Art:  Steve Skroce
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Articles: Watson, Anna, Black Tarantula, Delilah, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Rose III (Jacob Conover), Robertson, Joe "Robbie"

Well, this issue has Peter Parker tagging along with Ben Urich (without Ben knowing it) as he meets with one of his informants for info on the Rose's latest illegal activities. Turns out that the Rose is going to buy $1,000,000 worth of emeralds from some character called the Black Tarantula. Peter stops off quickly at home and learns that Mary Jane is considering going back to school. Could it be that young Parker is finally going to get his science degree, like Aunt May and Uncle Ben always wanted for him? Let's hope so.

Next stop, the shipyards, where Delilah is on her way to meet the Black Tarantula to swap green stones for green papers. Tarantula double crosses the Rose, though, and Spider-Man has to break up the ensuing tussle with his inimitable style. As the dust settles, Tarantula is captured, but Delilah has escaped to annoy us yet another day.

In General...

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I think I'm getting used to Steve Skroce's art style. Make no mistake, I think his rendition of Anna Watson is atrocious, and most normal people look like they just stumbled into my comic from the Sunday funnies. Yet, I like Skroce's Spidey, and the inking is terrific. After reading "Revelations" and the lead up to it, the comic seemed a little insignificant (bring back Mysterio!), but the story was entertaining nonetheless. All in all, a fairly decent comic.

Overall Rating...

Three fairly decent webs.