Marvel Knights Spider-Man #9

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Knights Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Dec 15, 2004

    The art of Terry and Rachel Dodson isn't nearly as effective when it comes to the more unsettling elements of the story, as the barely contained anger that Peter feels toward Aunt May's kidnapper isn't nearly as effective as one would've hoped to see, and the sinister quality of the kidnapper as he makes it clear that Aunt May's life is entirely dependant on Peter being on his best behaviour fell a bit flat. However, the art does a very impressive job on the other sections of the issue, from a fantastic look at New York from street level on the credit page, to the last page sequence where we see our kidnapper discovers he's not alone in his secret headquarters. The art also does a pretty effective job on the opening sequence as Uncle Ben shares a moment with an upset Peter, and I also rather enjoyed the attention the detail when it comes to making Peter's bedroom look like one belonging to a science geek. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Dec 12, 2004

    However, Im inclined to look favourably upon the additions Millar has made to the Spider-Man canon in this issue. At the very least, he has avoided merely rehashing Spider-Man stories of old, instead using continuity in a positive way, remaining reverential to old events and characters but using them to graft on a more structured, conspiratorial view on the endless battle between super-heroes and villains. Its a neat, original take on an old formula, and with three issues to go of his year-long arc, Millar still has plenty of time to provide surprises and twists. Im hoping Millar doesnt take the easy route and make this yet another Goblin versus Spidey epic, as this story holds the potential to mean a lot more. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bob Agamemnon Dec 12, 2004

    The dark and the tragic have a long history in comic books, and a call to shed weight is not a call for triviality. Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy, writes Italo Calvino. Marvel Knights Spider-Man #9 doesnt fail because of its seriousness, or grittiness, but because it simply never makes it off the ground. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Craig Johnson Dec 12, 2004

    With both this and his work on Wolverine disappointing, I dont have high hopes for his upcoming other Marvel U. work (be it Hulk, Thor or whatever). He seems to work better with his own inspired books rather than this work-for-hire, well, hack work. Nothing in this book will be regarded as being one of the classic Spidey stories in years to come. Its an ephemeral entity; here today to be forgotten tomorrow. With so many other, better, books on the stands, spend your money elsewhere. Read Full Review

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