Characters Appearing: Betty Brant, Bruiser, Chameleon, Eduardo Lobo, Flash Thompson, Glory Grant, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Kate Cushing, Mary Jane Watson, Nick Katzenberg, Puma, Spider-Man, Tombstone
Spectacular Spider-Man #151
Issue(s): Spectacular Spider-Man #151
Spider-Man goes to visit Joe Robertson in prison, but Robbie sends him away because Tombstone has told him that he can't make any contact with the outside world.
Spider-Man is caught on film swinging out of the prison. For what it's worth, Spider-Man's spider-sense warns him that he's being filmed, but he's had a number of what he thinks are false positives lately, thanks to the Chameleon and Eduardo Lobo, so he ignores it. The image eventually makes it to the Bugle's front page.
This sends Spider-Man on a rampage that does nothing positive for his image.
Meanwhile, in prison, Robbie makes a friend...
...but that may not be a good thing.
And Glory Grant tries to confess that she stole the Kingpin file from the Bugle, but J. Jonah Jameson (actually the Chameleon in disguise), isn't all that interested.
However, Eduardo has sensed that she's becoming disloyal, so he reveals his true form at the end of this issue.
If it wasn't for Glory Grant being under the spell of Animal Magnetism, and the cliche of prison rape, i'd say this was a pretty good mid-storyline issue.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The scene with Glory continues the following morning, next issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
As we'll see later, Bruiser wants to protect Robbie because he reminds him of his brother, so the rapey scene is odd.
Posted by: Michael | September 30, 2014 7:57 PM
My guess would be that this scene was just meant as a misdirect to make you think it was the obvious then have it turn out to be something else. Also possible he intended to do an attempted prison rape scene later, was vetoed, and had to change it. Or maybe there was a more disturbing element to Bruiser's relationship with his brother.
Posted by: Robert | September 30, 2014 8:06 PM
Forget Bruiser... its almost time for BANJ-O.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | October 1, 2014 1:41 AM
It is an interesting use of misdirection, IMO. Bruiser may well turn out ok, but Robbie is still at his mercy.
That he has nothing to fear from him (far as we can tell) does not make the fragility of his situation and the very reasonable fears any less real.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | October 1, 2014 2:01 AM
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