Marvel Team-Up #103
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #103
Meanwhile, JJ sends Peter to investigate an area of Manhattan where the crime rate has mysteriously dropped. Working at the Daily Bugle is an easy way to get Spider-Man involved in plots, but it doesn't really make sense for an editor to send a photographer to investigate a no-crime zone. What's he going to do, take pictures of all the hub caps on the cars?
Anyway, of course they team up...
...and fight the Taskmaster.
It's cool that they defeat the Taskmaster by shrinking him down to ant-size, something that i don't think Henry Pym had ever done to a villain to date.
Of course the Taskmaster escapes in the end, because he's too cool a villain to be locked away in jail.
The issue starts with Ant-Man busy at work repairing something.
We then learn that it's his daughter Cassie's ROM toy (it's not a "doll"!).
A little weird that in the Marvel Universe there's a toy based on a creature that the public thinks is a rampaging killer robot, but i know it's just a joke. I'm also a little creeped out by Scott showing up to greet his daughter wearing nothing but a towel, but i guess there's nothing actually wrong with it.
It's a well done issue of Team-Up, not as fantastic as the Claremont/Byrne run but still better than average. The cover, on the other hand, has some terrible dialogue, with the Taskmaster saying "Spiders have to be bound! But ants -- ants can be squished!". Spiders have to be bound? What does that even mean? It makes the Taskmaster sound like a raving loony, and he's actually anything but.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Peter Parker is working at the Daily Bugle. Following the MCP and the Index and placing this in a gap that occurs during Amazing Spider-Man #218.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (2): show
Ant-Man (Scott Lang), J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man, Stature, Taskmaster
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