Monday, November 23, 2009

Spider-Man made “The List”

To be sure, it wasn’t my List that he made, it was Norman Osborn’s List. Yeah, Norman — the former Green Goblin, now the hero known as Iron Patriot — Osborn has a List, and apparently our guy Spidey is on it. Well, that is what I read anyway (to be sure, the Avengers and others have made that List as well, but we’re here to talk about Spidey, and well, the Goblin, er, Osborn).

Turns out that the power base that Osborn is starting to crumble, and our guy Peter Parker is helping put him down.

I just finished reading Dark Reign: The List The Amazing Spider-Man (by Dan Slott, Adam Kubert, and Mark Morales), and, well, I was quite impressed. I think that Slott is one of the best writers on Spidey today. He has already penned a couple of my all-time favorite Spidey stories (one of which, The Pulse #5. I particularly enjoyed that issue because I had never seen the Green Goblin taken down in such a savagely, brutal manner (no, not by Spidey, by Luke Cage), man, it was beautiful!

Well, this issue of The List was nearly as good. Slott has a firm grasp on who Spider-Man (and Peter Parker) is (are). He really wrote the heck out of this story (none of the over mis-handling of editorial that is currently going on in ASM these days. This was pure Spider-Man

Makes you wonder why he is not allowed to write this well in the regular title.

This stuff is so good stuff. Makes me long for the good old days.

All the way through Civil War I said that I wasn’t sure that I was going to like the world on the other side of the storyline, but I was certainly enjoying the ride. I can now say the same thing about Dark Reign. Yeah, I know that Osborn’s run at the top of the heap couldn’t last.

I now can’t wait to watch him fall, again.

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