Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #67
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #67
But he allows Boomerang to go after Spider-Man on the grounds that he doesn't really care which one of them wins.
Meanwhile, Peter is blaming all his problems on Spider-Man, and he punches a locker. The noise attracts the attention of Debra Whitman, and, worried that she'll see the damage caused by his punch and conclude that he's Spider-Man, angrily sends her away. That awkward arm flailing in the final panel may just be Ed Hannigan's clunky style, but it effectively illustrates Debra's oncoming decent into madness.
Since the Kingpin foreshadowed the fact that Boomerang doesn't have much of a chance against Spidey, i expected this to be a poor man's repeat of Roger Stern & John Byrne's Ringer story from issue #58...
...but Boomerang puts in a better showing than expected.
That said, Spider-Man does win the fight, and even has to save Boomerang from some mob hitmen sent by the Kingpin.
I wouldn't have minded a "Ringer" story but i also would have been open to something establishing Boomerang as a Bullseye-level threat. This however is a middle-of-the-road approach that winds up doing nothing for the character.
Hannigan goes for a Gil Kane approach (needs more nostril) in a scene showing Peter screwing up his school life...
...but makes up for it with this pretty nice place.
Some sex appeal for the ladies.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Marcy says that Peter's study session with her from last issue was "last night". And Peter creates a new costume for himself, after Electro destroyed his last (non-rubber) suit last issue. So this should occur soon after last issue with no other Spidey appearances in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): show
Hannigan also seems to be channelling Frank Miller in the Kingpin panels and Will Eisner in the Bugle sign panel.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 28, 2013 4:36 PM
I counted at least 12 baseball puns in this story which is a dozen too many.
Also, that gas attack panel is a clear swipe from a Ditko panel during the crime master storyline. they are identical panels.
Posted by: kveto from prague | July 29, 2013 3:06 PM
The breath-taking title this issue is actually "Boomerang, The Killer Who Keeps Coming Back!"
Let's just agree not to pair the Spidey mask with Peter's hair, like on the cover? :-D
Posted by: Cecil | August 8, 2016 11:53 AM
Fixed the title. Thanks Cecil.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 10, 2016 8:25 AM
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