Amazing Spider-Man #42

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 26, 2002 Critic Reviews: 1 User Reviews: 3
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Doctor Strange teams up with Spidey to take down the Shade. And when Peter meets a large mystical Spider creature, what does that portend for his future?

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 2, 2002

    There's a couple fairly amusing moments in this issue, as Spider-Man finds himself the idyllic comedic partner in the deadly serious Doctor Strange. This issue also does a nice job expanding on the villain that's been running around the past couple issues, as we learn why he's on his kidnapping spree, and why he's targeted people who lack the qualities that most kidnap victims possess (e.g. the rich relatives willing to pay a ransom). However, while this book does a nice job reaching the point of the story where the two square off for their final battle, the big showdown is a pretty forgettable affair, as it never really delivers the sense that Spider-Man's in danger, nor does it make use of it's rather unique battleground which is a shame, as John Romita Jr. offers up a visually exciting playground. I also found the final scene Mary Jane a bit overly melodramatic, but it is nice to see her slowly working her way back into these pages. Read Full Review

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