Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #98
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #98
The Black Cat comes away feeling like everything's settled, but Spidey's still having doubts.
I really like that Milgrom pretty much devoted this entire issue to character development. It doesn't necessarily have the greatest dialogue, but it's done well enough.
Meanwhile, we retroactively get an origin for the Answer. Addressing a group of scientists charged with created a new super-powered agent, the Kingpin says:
I know that the Answer was granted his power by technology developed by the late Harlan Stillwell, just as I know that in a subsequent experiment we used that technology to grant the Black Cat her powers.
It's also said, later, by the Black Cat, that the process didn't just give her bad luck powers, but also enhanced her strength, speed, and agility, which i wasn't aware of.
One of the scientists, who has been studying readings of Cloak's powers from the recent battle at the Kingpin's building, winds up turning himself into a super-character. He'll wind up being something of a joke, but i enjoyed his origin story here. He's a mild mannered scientist trying to impress his boss and doing his best to study Cloak's strange energy source, and he winds up getting sucked into an extra-dimensional area and picking up a weird variation of Cloak's powers.
Symbiote on the loose:
It's hard to look at that panel without thinking of this.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBetty Brant, Black Cat, Flash Thompson, Kingpin, Spider-Man, Spot, Venom Symbiote
When the Spot first appeared, his visual design and powers seemed to be the sort of thing that Steve Ditko would have designed.
Posted by: Aaron Malchow | August 27, 2015 1:34 AM
The title of this issue seems ironic, given that the Black Cat's confession is weirdly slanted against her and makes her look as bad as possible. She wanted power because her lack of power allowed Hobgoblin to escape and Mister Hyde to nearly kill her boyfriend! She never intended to honour the deal and planned to hand over her benefactor to the police. She didn't know she was dealing with the Kingpin and was horrified when she found out! Why is she saying that she deliberately struck a deal with him? It's like she was possessed by somebody who wanted to justify Spider-man dumping her in a couple of issues so she could be written out...
Posted by: Benway | July 6, 2017 6:38 PM
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