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Tuesday Top Ten: Most Egregious Story Tropes

Whether its comic books or their related adaptations, dumb storytelling choices are made. As we get more comic book adaptations, some mistakes get repeated more and more. Here’s a list I made of the 10 that bug me most:

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#10.Cloud Monsters:

Not a super repeated occurrence, but it’s happened enough times to become a cliche and proof that Hollywood has no ideas of its own.

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Review of Amazing Spiderman 16.1

cby Gerry Conway & Carlos Barberi

The 16.1 issue of Marvel’s Amazing Spiderman series is a mash up of dated styles that don’t really fit together in any way that feels interesting or coherent. The entire story is basically a set up with some action sprinkled in here and there for New York City Police Captain Yuri Watanabe to become The Wraith, and play off Spiderman, in an attempt to avenge her older mentor who was shot and injured during a shoot out with Tomb Stone. Yuri tries to go to the police chief with evidence of corruption, police chief dismisses said evidence, Yuri decides to take justice into her own hands as The Wraith, end of story. Gerry Conway’s work on Spiderman is legendary, in his time on the title he showed Gwen Stacey die in a failed attempt to save her by Spiderman and created The Punisher, two radical idea’s at the time that had major impacts on comics up to our present day in a variety of ways. I don’t know how long it’s been since Conway has written a comic but he feels rusty here, the story is cluncky and disjointed, the dialogue is flat and lifeless while the concept feels clichéd and uninspired. This doesn’t change the fact that Gerry Conway has forgotten more about comics then I’ll even know but that also doesn’t make it any good. Character’s don’t really develop in anyway here that makes the story engaging, and with Spiderman & his various Rouges being either agents to further the plot, sounding boards or background it’s hard to buy into a group of characters you know nothing about. Thinking about this in comparison to something trying a similar concept in exploring the interior of Spiderman’s world, like the first issue of Superior Foes Of Spiderman where it’s character’s and concept feel fully formed within the first few pages, 16.1 meander’s along without giving any reason for it’s existence other then, it’s a story with Spiderman in it. Carlos Barberi is a great illustrator who has done strong work on recent titles like Thunderbolts but here it all feels too shiny and clean to the point that his work feels reduced down to the sort of sub-manga style of cartooning that was common at Marvel for a short period of time, the type of illustrations takes the styles cute and cartoony characters without any of the dynamic visual story telling that helped it revolutionize the medium. It looks flat and basic with too much digital sheen to let the art get a life of it’s own.  Amazing Spiderman 16.1 is a lot of promise that feel’s unfulfilled, Conway will always have his past work as a totem of Marvel’s cannon, but this issue won’t be joining it.

Review of The Amazing Spider-Man #1

ASMWell might as well keep the Spidey  fun going!  The Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a anthology of sorts.  The book starts off very strong but loses its steam towards the end until finally I completely lost interest by the last story.  The book begins with the main story which is Peter making his long awaited return.  The fun Spidey magic is definitely back in this story.  Peter has to figure out what Ock has done with his life and what messes he has to clean.  The book is witty and fun. I really enjoyed the first day back on the job being a naked one. We have all had that dream of going back to school or to a new job and suddenly realizes we forgot to wear clothes.  In this first story Peter finally gets his triumphant return to the sky and he finds himself in a real life situation of having to do it without pants.  I really enjoyed the first story and I am definitely looking forward to continuing with Peter and the Amazing Spider-Man.

Personally I dropped off of Superior Spider-Man around issue #12.  I did not drop off because the comic was not good.  I just dropped off because I did not want to read Spidey-Ock anymore.  I have been advised that I need to go back and read the rest of the run as it is quite strong. I am very happy that Peter is back, and I do think the break was nice.  Now we all appreciate his jokes and his fun loving attitude even more.  Spider-Man seems fresh and new.

The construction of this book is definitely aimed at new readers.  There is a lot of extra material in it for the new reader who picks it up after watching the movie.  This leads to some unnecessary stories in the back that lost me by the time I got to them.  The first three stories were very strong but the remaining ones are all fairly weak.

The reason that the second and third story were so strong is because they were directly connected to the first story.  There was a short story of Electro and a short story of Black Cat both stories connecting to each other and to the main spidey story.  If they did something like this for all the stories in the anthology it would have been much stronger. However after the first three connecting stories there are a bunch of disjointed stories in place to set up other characters in other books.  The book lost me at that point.

Overall I was very pleased with this issue and I am happy to be reading Peter once again.

– Dean