Spider-Man: House of M #3

Event\Storyline: House of M Writer: Mark Waid, Tom Peyer Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 17, 2005 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
7.2Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Peter Parker's worst nightmare has come true! Will the support of his family be enough to get him through his darkest hour?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Aug 21, 2005

    I credit the writing for all of this, as this may be Waid and Peyers best effort of the entire series. I cannot say more about the artwork than I have already mentioned in previous critiques, only that I have grown accustomed to Larrocas pencils which nicely blend with Liquids colors. This issue does not suffer much from Marvels trademark big panelitis syndrome and Danny Mikis inks are especially effective in the murky battle sequences featuring the Rhinos henchmen and the Green Goblin. The real triumph of the entire comic is the final surprise on the very last page, a reveal which I myself never saw coming. A very solid and satisfying effort this time around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 21, 2005

    One slight complaint with the book might be that Gwen Stacys presence here seems to be limited to the role of shrill, shrieking wife and eventual damsel in distress a surprise, considering her significance in the Spider-Man mythos. However, Waid has given the reader a lot of food for thought with this issue, which reaches far beyond the mere window-dressing of an alternate reality story. His implication of a certain self-destructive nature on the part of Peter Parker suggests a grim inevitability of unfortunate circumstances in his life: that without tragedy, the character ceases to exist. Whilst the final page spread might push that theory slightly too far, Ill be interested to see how Waid builds upon the idea next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tommy Vergason Aug 21, 2005

    A nice mix of the familiar and the strange. Though its hard for me to reconcile how this story will morph over the next two issues into what we see when Peter is righted by Layla Miller in House of M # 5 (it definitely appears that Peter is still a Big Man on Campus at that point rather than a public disgrace), I will give the writers the benefit of the doubt. If youre a Spider-Fan, this mini is definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Aug 29, 2005

    Salvador Larroca's work on this issue leaves a little to be desired at times as I find there are moments when the characters look a little stiff, and the backgrounds have a flat quality about them, though part of the blame for this latter problem could be the one note colours of Liquid! which don't really pull the readers eye to any part of the panel. Still there are sections of the issue where the art does manage to offer up some moments that impress, as there's a lovely one page shot where we see the reception that the Rhino has prepared for the Green Goblin. The final page is also a great looking visual moment, as I loved how the madness was instantly drained out of this character's expression. The heated quality of the panels where Gwen tears into her father and Uncle Ben for the role that they playing in driving Peter away from the comforts of home was also well reflected by the art. The action scenes in this issue are also quite nice as I rather enjoyed the visual design of a pow Read Full Review

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