Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #4-5
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #4, Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #5
Point deduction #1: Instead of accepting what might have been a profitable scheme for him, or at least just politely refusing, the Vulture flips out, attacks everyone, and claims that he's not interested in money or anything else. He just wants vengeance on Spider-Man. The Vulture used to have actual motivations; now he's just a lame repeat villain for Spidey.
Point deduction #2: Morgan calls in a hitman (literally, the Hitman) to pay the Vulture back for his rude behavior. But he doesn't send the Hitman after the Vulture. No, he sends him after Spider-Man, to rob the Vulture of his vengeance.
Point deduction #3: The Hitman, despite getting talked up as the greatest assassin ever, can't hit the broadside of a barn.
And when he does manage to hit his target, it's when he's deliberately trying not to kill so that he can set up a better shot later.
We understand why this is happening; the Hitman can't kill Spider-Man, it would be difficult to structure a Hitman vs. Vulture story in a book nominally starring Spider-Man, and a Morgan/Vulture team-up would be an unusual pairing that shouldn't get wrapped up with some bombastic fight scenes in two issues. As comics continue to mature, all of these types of stories (well, maybe not Spidey getting killed) will be possible, but it's not happening in the early issues of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man.
There's like a bazillion references to the Punisher in this arc, maybe with the idea that his popularity will rub off on Hitman.
Now to add some points back, here's a strange and hilarious sequence involving Peter's clothes:
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place not long after Amazing Spider-Man #166.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
When creating new characters, there's trying...and then there's The Hitman.
Posted by: Robert | March 16, 2015 11:12 PM
He could at least try out for pro wrestling if he went as Burt "The Hitman" Kenyon.
Posted by: TCP | May 31, 2015 6:02 PM
"WHO'S BETTER THAN KENYON!?"
Sorry, force of habit.
Posted by: MegaSpiderMan | June 1, 2015 12:49 AM
Wow the Vulture was out for almost a decade after he just quickly escaped Spider-Man in #64.
Posted by: davidbanes | December 10, 2016 7:03 PM
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