The Spider-Man Project

Untold Tales of Spider-Man 001

Posted by dave, September 23, 2007 at 12:34 pm · No Comments ·

Untold Tales of Spider-Man 001To Serve and Protect?
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciler: Pat Olliffe
Inker: Al Vey
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Colors: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: September 1995

I really like Kurt Busiek’s writing and the whole idea of Untold Tales. This premier issue is no exception: Busiek gives us a very vulnerable and frustrated Spider-Man, a kid that’s still learning about himself and the world at large. Not only is faced with supervillains trying to kill him, he also has a school full of jerks to mock him, an angry public stirred up by J. Jonah Jameson, and a police force that can’t decide whether he’s a friend or enemy. It’s a lot for a teenager to deal with, does a great job bringing Peter’s struggles to life.

I think one of the aspects of this book, and other modern Spider-Man stories I’ve read, that I really like is that the action is there and important, but it serves to illustrate the character traits of Peter and the other characters. There’s no wacky gadgets for the sake of a cheap thrill, there isn’t page after page of KABLAMOs; instead, there’s exciting action that furthers the plot and the character development.


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