Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #117
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #117
We find that the Cat has gotten a new costume for herself, and a haircut.
She says the new mask is designed to hide the fact that her nose was broken. I don't really like the new costume (and they went with the old one for the cover), but i guess it's admirable to get her out of the slinky cat suit. Although she is the Black Cat, and nothing about the new costume suggests that.
Those shoulder pads, we'll learn, are made from the gold from the notebook that Peter Parker hocked and that Felicia stole from the Foreigner last arc. And the second half of this issue has Black Cat dealing with the continued repercussions of that.
The first half, however, is a fun bit with the Black Cat attempting to extract some vengeance on Dr. Strange for (inadvertently) removing her powers last arc.
When she finally gets to him, she's more befuddled than angry and leaves without letting him try to help her.
It's at that point she returns to her apartment to find the Foreigner waiting for her.
Foreigner proves to be the vastly superior fighter.
And this despite the fact that some new powers manifest for the Black Cat.
However, when he's got her defeated, he doesn't kill her. Instead, he has a proposition for her. He wants her help in defeating Spider-Man.
Black Cat agrees, seemingly because she's still upset with Spider-Man over breaking up with her.
Also in this issue, Alex Woolcot, having run away after killing his father last issue, is accosted by a pair of pedophiles, and uses his powers against them (he's lucky no one calls X-Factor on him)...
...and Randy Robertson finally brings his white wife, Amanda, home to meet his parents. Joe Robertson comes around when Amanda saves him while he's choking on an apple. Odd that the Robertsons sit around at a table with plates and silverware and eat apples.
The power outage is due to Alex's actions, and that's also when the Black Cat discovers her new powers.
It's always a little annoying when some new character is introduced and proves to be just so much more awesome than everyone else, but this was nonetheless a fun issue.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place more or less concurrently with Amazing Spider-Man #279 during the period where Spider-Man is missing. The last page of this issue is reprinted from Web of Spider-Man #17. Spider-Man shouldn't be appearing anywhere between Web of Spider-Man #17 and Web of Spider-Man #18.
Crossover: Missing In Action
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAmanda Robertson, Ashcan, Black Cat, Dr. Strange, Foreigner, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Joy Mercado, Martha Robertson, Randy Robertson
How does that mask disguise her broken nose? It's just hanging out there uncovered...maybe it's a false rubber nose at the mask bottom?
I don't see how gold would make good shoulder pads, especially armor-type. It's too soft a metal. You never hear about people using golden knives in real life, for example...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 25, 2013 12:07 AM
Agreed, the new costume is horrible. It won't last long though.
Posted by: Chris | December 25, 2013 3:03 PM
The blackout hiding that it wasn't Martha but Amanda doing the heimlich is a bit... convenient.
In other news: I really like the way this series does end credits.
Posted by: Berend | March 11, 2014 12:59 AM
Don't get Robbie as any kind of racist; just didn't work.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | June 13, 2017 12:44 AM
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