The Transparent Fox:
Amazing Spider-Man #210
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #210
This issue also introduces Madame Web, a spider-themed precognitive.
She helps Spider-Man foil a scheme by Rupert Dockery to take over the Daily Globe. Instead of just being a sensationalist sleaze, Dockery turns out to be a criminal. He's got a scam to replace the publisher, K.J. Clayton.
And he's hired some goons to fake an attack on the Globe, which Spider-Man thwarts.
The Globe actually is shut down, putting Peter Parker out of work (this issue seems to ignore the fact that he also works as a TA; maybe he doesn't get paid for that?), but Madame Web calls him up revealing that she knows his ID but also letting him know that he'll be employed again soon. While she's on the phone with him. J. Jonah Jameson from the Daily Bugle tries to call Peter to offer him a job.
Resolving the Rupert Dockery plot this way is a little cheap; it would have been cool to have a Rupert Murdoch stand-in as an ongoing character to contrast with J.J.. But this was still a fun story.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Ugh I really hate Denny O'Neil's Spider-Man run! We're opposites on this and Wolfman's run, I thought there was a sense of progress with Wolfman's run. I liked JJ going crazy and Peter going to the Globe. I also hate Madam Web and I'm annoyed Pete is back at the Bugle. Oh well, all these issues were worth it since I knew Roger Stern was coming up.
Posted by: DavidBanes | December 6, 2013 12:29 AM
I agree with the comment above (though I was never that down on Madame Web). O'Neil's run was a total disappointment, especially compared to Wolfman's run before it and Roger Stern's concurrent run on Spectacular.
Posted by: TCP | October 10, 2014 4:15 PM
Ditto. O'Neil's good with dialogue, but his plots always seems phoned in, and the book ends up doing Len Wein-style wheel-spinning. For some time now, the major character development and supporting cast work has been happening in Spectacular, where Mantlo and Stern have been bringing in the same kinds of unconventional and new villains O'Neil brings here. Even the Deb Whitman stuff started over in that book, and O'Neil is simply following suit in his own work, giving repeated iterations of Peter ditching Deb rather than moving anything forward.
'More broadly, it's hard to tell what the point of this book really is. Mantlo tried to tell some stories about college-related issues in some of his run on Spectacular, in however clumsy a fashion, and Stern is showing s Peter Parker accepting adult responsibilities and transitioning into a recognizable version of grad school. But O'Neil is mostly just pushing things here back to the old status quo of Peter working for the Bugle, flaking out in both of his identities, and even needing Aunt May's pep talks to figure out the right thing to do.
The odd part is that the two Annuals are really superb stories; perhaps Miller co-plotting makes the difference there, or perhaps it's that O'Neil has more to say about the Punisher and Doctor Strange than he has to say about Spider-Man.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 9, 2017 8:51 AM
Preach it brother. O'Neil's Spidey run was a real drag for me. Most of the reasons have been outlined above, and I'd like to add that the villains were just the worst. Totally forgettable run outside of the annuals and a cool Frank Miller cover.
His DD run was solid and his Iron man stint was borderline great, but he didn't seem to have much interest in the Web Head.
Posted by: MindlessOne | April 12, 2017 12:03 AM
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