Comics : Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #14

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This review was first published on: 2004.

Background...

After some marital difficulties, Mary Jane leaves on a plane trip without her husband. The plane crashes and Mary Jane is presumed dead, but Peter doesn't really believe it to be true.

Meanwhile the evil Spider-Woman introduced in Amazing Vol.2 #5 is still hanging around and has apparantly beeen causing Spider-Woman trouble in her title. And she's now returned her sites to Spider-man. Sounds like an excuse for a team up to me.

In Detail...

"A Surfeit Of Spiders"
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #14
Feb 2000 : SMURF 455.500 : SM Title
Summary: Spider-Woman (Mattie) vs. Spider-Woman (Charlotte)
Editor:  Ralph Macchio
Writer:  John Byrne
Pencils:  John Byrne
Inker:  Dan Green
Cover Art:  John Byrne
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The story starts with Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin, finding out about Mary Jane's death and taking off to tend to the grieving Peter Parker. Who is at home and understandably feeling a bit under the weather.

Though it turns out that Mattie isn't the only Spider-Woman after Peter, the other, evil, Spider-Woman is after his blood and crashes into the Parker's apartment. A fight ensues. Mattie finds out Peter's secret identity. Peter saves Mattie and Mattie declares her love for Peter!

Needless to say, you need to buy Spider-Woman to find out his reaction.

In General...

This comic is a bit of a throw away. Nothing of any real lasting import happens to Spider-man. None of the interesting sub-plots are furthered. And worst of all it tends to spotlight Spider-Woman more than the titles hero. The only thing that is anywhere near good is the art.

Basically though, this new Spider-Woman seems to ruin any comic she is a part of and this issue of Spider-man, despite the disclaimer at the start, seems to be mainly about her. Which is a clue straight off that this is hardly worth reading. The premise that is supposed to get you to read this book is that Spider-Woman hits it off with Spider-Man. This could be interesting, except that you can tell from the start that it isn't really going to happen. I know already that, without reading Spider-Woman that Peter is going to turn her down and the moment is going to be more of a defining point for her character than Spidey.

It is also a really annoying time to have a cross over as well, there are actually some interesting sub-plots happening at the moment in Amaing and Peter Parker. But, Makie seems determined to drag them out for no reason. I would've much rather found out more on Senator Ward, Mysterio, Mary Jane, Venom or a dozen other things.

The only good thing is that John Byrne's art isn't too bad. But, even that isn't much.

Overall Rating...

One web for the art and not much else. I would much rather read about Spider-man than Spider-Woman