Web of Spider-Man #5
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #5
I've linked to this same Christopher Priest essay about ten times now, but at the beginning of it he describes the new costume as the "the moral equivalent of a dentist's smock" and describes some additional inner workings, including why Mooney is on pencils and LaRocque on inks, although i think his recollection of the timeline is a bit off.
Some insight into the way Doc Ock (and presumably other villains) manage to attract all of their henchmen: a scene in this issue is devoted to two goons talking, and once asks if the Doctor has "lost all his marbles" and the other responds, "Probably, but who cares? I still think he's a genius -- and we can make a ton of money workin' for him." Not a full explanation but it's something.
Octopus has been spending his time fighting against a practice robot that looks like Spider-Man.
But eventually the real Spider-Man tracks him down and replaces the Spidey-bot, and when Doc Ock realizes he's fighting the real thing, he goes into a catatonic state (even though he seemed to have Spidey beat while he thought he was fighting the robot).
Beyond that, Peter finds that he doesn't quite have the friendly relationship with the new City Editor, Kathryn Cushing, that he had with Robbie.
The fact that this issue doesn't end with a big brawl between Spidey and Octavius is an interesting twist and it's generally a decent issue.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Spectacular Spider-Man #104 takes place during this issue. On page 6, there's a "the next afternoon" caption and Spider-Man thinks to himself, "Another day of searching, and i still haven't found Ock... though I did manage to save Rocket Racer's hash!". Amazing Spider-Man #267 also takes place while Doc Ock is still at large, between WOSM #4 and this issue's conclusion.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showDoctor Octopus, Glory Grant, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Kate Cushing, Nate Lubenski, Spider-Man
yeah, secret wars very carefully had Spidey and Doc ock avoid each other. Secret wars didn't really mesh well with the character arc doc had been on since PPSSM #76. However, having Doc break down again at the sight of Molecule man's power was a good fix. To be honest, Doc ock was the only villain there intelligent enough to appreciate what molocule man was doing.
Posted by: Kveto from Prague | July 1, 2012 10:21 AM
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