Spider-Man: The Manga #2


Here is Manga Spider-Man, written by Japanese, for Japanese. The setting is Tokyo rather than New York. There is no Uncle Ben to teach the lesson of responsibility. Heck, Spider-Man isn't even Peter Parker! Now these stories are being translated into English and published bi-weekly, in black and white editions. The first story arc featured a battle with Electro.

Story Details

  Spider-Man: The Manga #2
Summary: Electro
Arc: Part 2 of 'Spider-Man: The Manga First Arc' (1-2-3)
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Writer/Artist: Ryoichi Ikegami
Retouching and Production: Dan Nakrosis
Translation: C.B. Cebulski, Mutsumi Masuda

Yu and Rumi work together to track down her missing brother. They trace him through a number of dangerous jobs. Rumi reveals that her family owes $10,000 in hospital bills since her mother's heart gave out (but apparently not for good). When the "Joho" newspaper puts out a $10,000 reward for the capture of Electro, Yu figures to use his powers to earn it. Soon after, Electro strikes again and Yu appears in public as Spider-Man (for the first time) to stop him. They tussle. End of issue. Really, not a whole lot here.

Overall Rating

This story trudges its way through a plot lacking interest or credibility. Half a web is the bottom of the scale.