Spectacular Spider-Man #21

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Talent Caldwell Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 2
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Guest-starring the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, the Black Cat and the Angel! Ben Grimm's all-night poker games have become legendary among the super hero set, and for the first time Spider-Man has been asked to join the table! But when the Kingpin unexpectedly deals himself in, the stakes are raised! Can the wall-crawler come out on top in this celebrity poker showdown?

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Nov 13, 2004

    Spectacular Spider-Man is a feel-good story that's especially suited for comic book fans that grew up in an era where the heroes liked each other, respected each other and worked together for a greater good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Nov 25, 2004

    Talent Caldwell brings a greater sense of clarity to the book, and while this isn't exactly a showcase for his ability to deliver visual excitement, as the issue is large talking heads, he does display a nice range when it comes to facial expressions, with the series of panels where the Kingpin reacts to the final outcome of the game being the highlight of the issue. Now there is a couple moments when the art looked a bit unfinished, and the art didn't really seem all the interested in showing us any hands of the game, which struck me as a bit odd given the poker game was the central focus of the issue. Still the most important element of the issue was the emotional reactions of the players, and in spite of wearing a full face mask, the art does a pretty effective job of capturing Spider-Man emotions, with the last page being a lovely shot of the character. Read Full Review

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