Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man annual #6
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man annual #6
...but if you had asked me to guess who wrote it, i would have never said Peter David. The story is so dry, so lacking in his characteristic humor, and it very awkwardly inserts the idea that Spider-Man's encounter with Ace has been tearing him up inside in a way that i wouldn't expect of David.
But he did write the first annual, and the internet confirms that it was him here.
The story is also more explicit about the fact that Ace has super-powers. The previous annual used phrases like "as if just being near him shorted out my own spider-sense"; this issue has Peter Parker thinking about Ace's "strange super-powers" and more definitively stating that he could short out his spider-sense and also anticipate his own moves.
The story here is that Ace is scheduled to testify against his own brother, Lorenzo, after the events of the previous annual. But Ace doesn't like the questioning from the prosecution and therefore bails on the trial. After Ace's mom dies, Ace takes his younger sister and leaves the city, telling the residents of his community that his brother is their problem now.
The annual sets up the possibility for future stories, with Lorenzo getting ready to take control of the local gang, and the son of the man Lorenzo previously killed setting out for revenge. It may be that no future stories were intended and that those scenes were just meant to show the continued cycle of violence. In any event, the characters were never used again.
Which is kind of a shame because there is definitely room in the Marvel Universe for a Michael Jackson/Prince hybrid super-hero.
Ok, maybe not really.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Absence of credits on a 1980s Marvel comic is truly unusual. Maybe this story was forced on Peter David by editorial and he requested his name be removed?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 26, 2014 5:11 PM
It happened quite a few times on Web of Spider Man I noticed.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | January 26, 2014 6:12 PM
Having read this in real time, I can't even articulate how confusing it was to find no creator credits anywhere.
Posted by: Haywerth | January 26, 2014 6:35 PM
This was from the marvel wikia:
"Powers and Abilities
Skilled street fighter"
Posted by: clyde | January 29, 2014 8:37 PM
Another gang called the Reapers. If Marvel ever did a crossover featuring only Reapers, Destroyers, Patriots, and Guardians they'd have so many characters that George Perez would say "Screw this."
Posted by: JP | May 19, 2015 1:14 AM
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