Spider-Man: The Short Halloween #1
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Spider-Man: The Short Halloween #1

Writer: Bill Hader Artist: Kevin Maguire Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 27, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 8.4
    IGN - Marc Diefenderfer May 27, 2009

    The issue is more than just a string of gags, though, and what makes it all work is the surprisingly human story of Fumes. He clearly has doubts about being a criminal, and it's tough not to hope he finds a way out of the psychopathic (although funny) team of bad guys he's joined up with. This, more than anything else, sets The Short Halloween apart from the typical attempt at creating a "funny" Spider-Man story. It would have been easy for Meyers and Hader to start their comic book careers with something as simple as Spider-Man tossing out one-liners while beating up a particularly stupid villain. It probably still would have been entertaining, too. But instead, they've come up with something better: an off-kilter story that has not just action and humor, but heart too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie May 28, 2009

    "The Short Halloween" is a brief glimpse at what could be an enjoyable sensibility if given just a bit more room to play around in. So, while this time the final product might be ultimately underwhelming, I'm holding out hope for Kristen Wiig's "Dr. Stacey Strange, Sorceress Supreme." Maybe a whole "SNL Secret Wars," with Justin Timberlake as The Beyonder. That could totally work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace May 26, 2009

    Despite the high price tag ($3.99 might be too much to ask for some readers, considering that this is little more than a fun romp -- albeit an extra-sized one) and the question of why the issue wasn't released at Halloween, this is an enjoyable one-shot that might risk being overlooked in favour of the big "Dark Reign" tie-in storyline ("American Son") that's starting in this week's issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Anyone looking for an antidote to such seriousness could do a lot worse than check out this fun offering. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt May 29, 2009

    While there are some issues with the art and the pacing (and the fact that this Halloween issue is coming out in May), this issue is a simply fun read that shows a lot of promise for Hader and Meyers, whom I hope we see more comics from in the future. Read Full Review

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