Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Avenging Spider-Man #6

I haven’t been tremendously amped up to read the Omega Effect crossover, even though I love the seeds planted in Mark Waid’s Daredevil. This opening chapter has shared writing credits between Waid and Greg Rucka, and they do a nice job.

This is clearly a Spider-Man story; he’s the star. I sort of forgot when I picked it up that this isn’t a Daredevil comic, but the writers do a good job bringing the focus back right away. While Punisher and Daredevil are more organically involved in the quest for the Omega Drive, Spider-Man gets shoe-horned in a bit more artificially. It seems Mr. Fantastic needs someone to try and retrieve the unique drive from Daredevil, and Mr. F knows that Spidey is one of the Devil’s only friends. Poof! Now Spider-Man is in the story!

The high points are definitely the interactions between the title characters. Punisher (and his new partner Cole), DD, and Spidey have a long history, and its amusing seeing them fall right back into those patterns (with some added commentary from DD about Cole’s shampoo). Heck, I won’t be surprised if DD is hitting on Punisher’s partner by the end of the arc.

Marco Chechetto does a nice job with the heroes, but he gets screwed on the villains. Is there any group that gets set up as patsies more than the Hand? Readers of this blog know my ninja-rule: One ninja is powerful; but the more ninjas that show up, the weaker they become. This issue is yet another example of that. These guys are barely a distraction, more a source for Spidey banter than anything else.


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