Comics : Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #32

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This story is part of an Arc: "The Gathering of Five"
     Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5

This review was first published on: 2004.


The era of Spider-Man is supposed to be "ending." So with that in mind, the writers should be wrapping up loose plot threads and closing up stories so that there'll be a "clean slate" for the upcoming reboot/revamp/relaunching/retelling/rewhatever, right? Well, that's what you'd think. Apparently, the Spidey suits have something different in mind.

Instead, they chose to toss this brand-new storyline at us, and hope that the readers will forget all about the old plots and be enthralled with this new supernatural story.

In Detail...

Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #32
Oct 1998 : SM Title
Arc: Part 1 of "The Gathering of Five"
Editor:  Ralph Macchio
Writer:  Todd DeZago
Pencils:  Joe Bennett
Inker:  Ralph Cabrera
Cover Art:  Joe Bennett
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Articles: Mongrain, Alison, Watson, Anna, Aura & Override, Green Goblin I (Norman Osborn), Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Robertson, Joe "Robbie"

Norman Osborn decides that it's time to initate the "Gathering of Five" ritual. Unfortunately for him, the owner of a piece of the "Five" disagrees. So Norman decides to send out his underling, Override, after the piece.

Spidey's out swinging around when he notices Override enter the Technomancers building (where the owner of the piece is at), and decides to give chase. As is typical of comic books, a fight ensures. Override gets the piece (which has somehow transformed from a C-shaped object into a circular object) after "overriding" Spidey's web shooters.

Override somehow stumbles into a room full of monsters. Seeing no way outside, Override decides to free the monsters so that the Technomancers goons will have to fight them. Override manages to slip out in the midst of the confusion, leaving behind Spidey to wonder what was going on.

Afterwards, Override gives Norman the artifact, then asks to be a part of the gathering. Norman agrees to it. Then the Scriers show up, and give Norman the mysterious "package."

As for Alison Mongrain, she gets a visit from Robbie Robertson...

In General...

Average, decent story. A good set-up for the cross-over.

Overall Rating...

Average, decent, three webs.