Comics : Web of Spider-Man #52

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This story is part of an Arc: "Lobo Brothers Gang War"
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This story is part of a Lookback Series: World Wide Web of Spidey

This review was first published on: 2005.

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"Chains"
Web of Spider-Man #52
Jul 1989 : SMURF 319.510 : SM Title
Summary: Chameleon Holds J.J.J. Prisoner
Arc: Part 11 of "Lobo Brothers Gang War"
Editor:  Jim Salicrup
Writer:  Gerry Conway
Pencils:  Frank Springer
Inker:  John Romita, Sr.
Cover Art:  Alex Saviuk
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Articles: Chameleon, Jameson, J. Jonah

Jonah is trapped in his penthouse apartment, still chained up by the Chameleon. Chameleon tells Jonah no one will even notice and shows him his recent headlines (“Spider-Man linked To Sudan Unrest” is a particularly good one!). After Chameleon goes, Jonah manages to crack a mirror and, after some reflection on his early career, tries to shine light from the mirror outside to attract attention.

A passing helicopter thinks it's just kids playing around and flies off. JJJ continues to remember his early career, tracing police corruption. He received a tip off that would lead him to the evidence he needed in a locker at a train station. He doesn't want the key to be taken so entrusts it to a young lad who was working with him. It turned out to be a trap and the locker exploded in the boy's face.

Back in the present and Jonah, who was straining for the key to his cuffs reaches them and frees himself. As he's escaping, Chameleon returns. We also simultaneously see how JJJ nailed the corrupt cop with a taped confession.

There's no scenes with the Lobo Brothers here, so technically it's not really part of that arc, but if you're reading the reviews in sequence, this one needs to be in here just to tie in to the Chameleon/J.J.J. side of things.

In General...

This is an excellent little sidebar to the ongoing plot throughout the three books. Spidey is barely present, except for a very minor appearance at the start. This is all Jonah and the way the past mirrors what's happening in his mind and his apartment is really good. It gives us an understanding of what he considers to be a hero and why he doesn't think Spider-Man is one. It shows us that at some time in the past he was a really top-class journalist who was fearless.

The story also proves that a plot can be advanced slowly but deliberately and allow for side-stories without detracting from the main element.

Overall Rating...

A really good piece of work that tells a simple story in a well-thought out way. Excellent character development for Jonah, despite the very deliberate minimal story development.

Footnote...

Details by Al, General and Rating by Kerry.