Castles in the Air
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciler: Pat Olliffe
Inkers: Al Vey w/ Pam Eklund
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Colors: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: October 1995
Another great one from Busiek! Here Spider-Man is facing a “winged menace”, Batwing, on top of his usual personal problems. The Parkers have still have significant money problems, and Peter gets lured into fantasizing about a big $25k reward being offered for the capture of the bat creature. But when he discovers that the Batwing is simply an innocent child, younger than himself, that’s been the victim of industrial pollution, Peter realizes that helping the creature is more important than the reward.
This book also has a good subplot about Tiny McKeever, one of the school’s football players. Tiny’s flunking math and gets kicked off the football team; his dad responds by berating, insulting and, ultimately, beating him. Even though Peter and Tiny are far from friends, Peter realizes that trying to help Tiny study and improve his grades is the right thing to do.
(There’s one more bad father figure in the Spider-Man universe to add to the list…)
Very solid once again and, although Olliffe’s art style isn’t really my thing, it certainly isn’t bad.