Hearts, Flowers and True Grit
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciler: Pat Olliffe
Inkers: Al Vey w/ Pam Eklund
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Colors: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: November 1995
Yet another Sandman story, this time set right after he’s captured by the Human Torch. When the Sandman escapes, he pummels the hell out of Spider-Man and sends Peter on a self-doubt spiral. Luckily Betty Brant’s around to pull Peter out of his misery and get him back in the game.
This issue wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it was up to Busiek’s standards. The depiction of Peter’s emotional state was good, and I think that’s something Busiek really specializes in. I love that he always makes the book about the characters, rather than the action. Unfortunately, the dialogue in this story didn’t ring true to me. Spider-Man’s taunts were pretty lame, and Betty seemed relatively two-dimensional.
This wasn’t Busiek’s best work, but it was still enjoyable.