Review by: Neb

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Again, I find myself at a crossroads with this book.  I love what Marc Guggenheim is doing; I hate LaRocca’s art.  From a story perspective, Guggenheim hit a home run with me as I enjoyed how each of the arcs thread lines came together without wrapping everything up.  There were lots of great moments with Spider-Man being goofy while also fighting crime, and the twist at the end of the issue was spot on for me.  LaRocca’s art was not as bad this issue as it mainly focused on Spider-Man, but there were times when his head looked like a cardboard box.  For the most part, the art was servicible, but if he never drew another panel in this book, I wouldn’t be sad.  I appreciate his effort as I know drawing like this has to take time and effort, but this is just not my cup of tea.  Despite everything that OMD did to many spider readers, I can’t help but say that this is a damn fun, damn awesome book, and dare I say it, one of the best Marvel’s put out in a while.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 2 - Average


  1. I’m with you on LaRocca’s art–Spidey’s head, in particular, looks really weird in a couple of issues. 

    The writing?  Though the constant banter could be annoying, it gives just the book just the levity it needs so that I don’t have to pretend to care about the stakes of whether or not a baddy like Menace is captured.  Too often, books use B- and C-list villains and expect readers to get pumped up about the big fights.  Not the case here.  I can enjoy the action, laugh at Spidey’s quips, and move on.

    Solid stuff.  BND has become the first book I read each week. 

  2. I agree with you.  If they can keep the banter up to this quality level with each issue I’m sold.  It really makes an unimportant fight all that much more fun to read.

  3. I overall like the banter in this book but as BigE said it can get kinda monotonous.

    I really wanted to laugh after {SPOILER} the lady that was kidnapped by Menace died he looks over and basically says "Don’t blame me! This is your fault!" It just seemed like very 1st grade playground talk. I think it would have made more sense if he just used the distraction to escape without a word.

  4. @ TopGun– Agreed.  However, I think what we’re seeing here is the mistakes that both new heroes and new villains make.  It may seem 1st grade playground, but this new villain doesn’t know how to be completely villainous. 

    …Or at least, that’s how I looked at it, which may be just a bit too deep. 🙂

  5. the art was more tolerable in this issue because there was no ridiculous looking JJJ like there was in the previous issue!

  6. Hmmm, I’m buying this book because I want to believe.  I want to believe that this book will get better, but for now it still isn’t there.  I agree with TehDave,  JJJ was HORRIBLE looking, the art…not so much, the story…it’s trying.  We’ll see.

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