Amazing Spider-Man #207
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #207
Mesmero is going after critics of his act. It's quite a step down from having defeated all the X-Men, and it seems unnecessary for a guy with the power to make anyone do whatever he wants. Spider-Man very surprisingly agrees to join the act even though Mesmero is a known criminal, but Mesmero double-crosses Spidey almost immediately.
Peter cuts a date with Debra Whitman short to investigate Mesmero, and later stands her up because he's stuck in Mesmero's trap.
J. Jonah Jameson arrives at the Bugle to take back control now that he's free of Dr. Harrow's control.
Not a particularly intriguing plotline, but it's told competently enough, and the down-time scenes are nice.
Cool opening panel.
In fact, Mooney's art has a nice classic house style throughout.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: After this issue it is again safe to place generic JJ/Robbie appearances, since things are back to normal at the Daily Bugle. This should therefore be before Captain America #250, which has JJ and Robbie together at the Bugle.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Denny O'Neil begins his 2nd stint at Marvel(he was briefly there in the mid-1960s)and he stays there most of the decade. His Spider-Man work is mostly forgettable and he is most notable here for his post-Frank Miller Daredevil run.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 10, 2011 11:11 PM
Denny O'neil was ok with characterization and downtime stuff, he tried to use less common villains, both good things. it was just that his plots were so dense sometimes and hard to believe (like spidey teaming up with mesmero or the hydro-man searching for spidey by visiting EVERY water tap in NY)
Posted by: kveto from prague | October 8, 2011 8:29 AM
Just another heads up, you don't currently have this after Captain America #250.
Posted by: Erik Robbins | September 11, 2013 10:20 PM
Ummm....I meant "before".
Posted by: Erik Robbins | September 11, 2013 10:22 PM
Thanks again, Erik.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 12, 2013 9:59 AM
While I'm not a huge fan of O'Neill's run, I do like the way this issue shows why a guy like Mesmero can't just go into entertainment or do the Killgrave thing and use his powers quietly to enrich himself: he's an egotist and a sadist, so he ruins his stage act by humiliating the guests and going full supervillain the moment anyone criticizes him.
Of course, this also makes him look like a pretty incompetent villain, but I suppose that's what he is.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 8, 2017 8:54 AM
This issue was originally announced with Dr. Strange as a guest star.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 3, 2017 5:21 PM
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