Better than all that though, and sandwiched between Bendis and Bagley's short and the reprint of an old Barry Windsor-Smith/Stan Lee story featuring Strange (which revels in its psychedelic oddness) is a two-page strip which provides the funniest punchline in the issue. It's a Marvel mini-mates story from Chris Giarusso's much-loved pocket universe, in which Stan Lee is cast as the school principal who has to listen to his students woes, and Spidey has more than most. Despite its simplicity - or perhaps because of it - it's the most charming, expressive and original story in the book, and the way in which Giarusso pulls a twist on the approachable, understanding personality of "Uncle Stan" in the final panel is the best use of Lee as a character that has been seen over the course of the two special issues so far. This book wouldnt work as an ongoing, but as a series of one-shots its been a lot of fun so far. Read Full Review
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