Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #2
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #2
It's not new at this point but i'm still disappointed to see Kraven used as a generic mercenary in this story. He's supposed to be about the thrill of the hunt. The Tarantula agrees with me, but i think that makes him a hypocrite.
Also, in this story, he really relies on his pet tigers a lot more than his hunting prowess.
In this issue, New York City University's Chancellor is kidnapped, as he's working on the school budget and thinking about the thesis of Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine.
After the kidnapping, Kraven sticks around to fight Spider-Man...
...not for simple revenge, but because the "fee for my services has dropped" since his last defeat by Spidey. Spidey defeats Kraven by tricking him into electrocuting himself, which will be a repeat theme in this story.
Meanwhile, the Tarantula brings the Chancellor back to his employer, but since the Tarantula has recognized the mystery man's voice, he's taken out.
In sub-plots, Peter gets Glory Grant a job as J. Jonah Jameson's secretary.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue begins soon after Amazing Spider-Man #164, with Spidey returning from his fight with the Kingpin on a tugboat and then returning to Doc Connors (who, by the way, is not looking so good) to tell him that everything worked out. Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #3 is a direct continuation of this story but a little time passes between issues so i've put them in separate entries just in case something ever comes up that needs to go in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAunt May, Aunt Watson, Glory Grant, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Kraven the Hunter, Lightmaster, Lizard, Spider-Man, Tarantula
If you want an indicator of how quickly this book dropped its supposed mission to focus more on the supporting cast, we get one page of subplot with Peter visiting Aunt May and MJ's Aunt Anna, and the next page cuts back to the villains with the caption "Enough about Peter Parker."
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 6, 2017 6:32 AM
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