Web of Spider-Man annual #7
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man annual #7
Danny Fingeroth - Editor
Meanwhile, Iron Man analyzes the data he downloaded, but doesn't come to any conclusions. But the Black Panther doesn't care; he is ready to bluff Roxxon into shutting down their production of the NuForm vibranium.
And despite Spider-Man telling him to calm down, he does go to Roxxon.
Since he has no evidence, Jonas Hale tells him to get out. But Hale tips his hand by sending assassins after the Panther. Spider-Man shows up to help.
Meanwhile, Ultron attacks Roxxon's lab again, sending more robots. Iron Man is there to fight them.
And Sunturion is inside to fight Ultron himself.
Spider-Man and Black Panther show up to help with the foot soldiers, and Sunturion is forced to retreat to get Iron Man's help with Ultron. But Kingpin switches sides when Ultron decides to keep the vibranium for himself. Kingpin provides Spider-Man with information he learned while scanning Ultron earlier (i guess Ultron's anti-scanner detection technology wasn't as good as the Ghost's). With that information, Iron Man is able to disable Ultron.
Ultron actually survives (and escapes unseen), but it still seems like too easy a defeat for him. When i started reading this story, i thought that there was going to be a twist due to the fact that the NuForm vibranium degrades into Antarctic vibranium. I thought Ultron wouldn't know about that flaw, and it would degrade after he integrated it into his armor. But nothing like that occurs.
Instead, after Ultron is defeated, the heroes have to spend some time getting rid of Roxxon's rapidly degrading vibranium stores. To do so, Iron Man tunnels all the way to the center of the Earth so that the vibranium can be dumped in a molten river. One more hole in the Swiss cheese that is Marvel Earth's subterranea, i guess.
In the end, despite all of this, Arthur Dearborn is still easily convinced by Jonas Hale that the info on the degrading vibranium was withheld by a "rogue cell" within Roxxon and that they've been "dealt with severely". So Dearborn is free to continue to be a loyal member of Roxxon.
As for our Outlaws story, we return to the fight against Sandman, already in progress.
It's a good thing Rocket Racer didn't say that "no mental giant" line out loud. In fact, what i like about this fight is that even though Rocket Racer and Prowler think that Sandman has reverted to crime, no one insults him out loud. No insults to his intelligence, and no "I always knew you couldn't be trusted" kind of stuff. This means that when Sandman's ruse is over, they can go back to being a happy family with no bad blood between them.
In fact it is Will O' the Wisp (who is new to the group) that the others don't trust, but he's only holding back because he senses what's going on with Sandman.
When he has the opportunity, Sandman turns on the terrorists and rescues the kidnapped woman. And then Silver Sable offers Sandman a new contract that includes a clause allowing him to work with the Avengers.
Both of the multi-part stories in the Spider-Man annuals this year are better than the average stuff we've been getting in the annuals lately. Not high art, but enjoyable action stories. With the Sandman story, it's nice to see the loose integration with what's been going on in his other appearances. Based on the ending, it also seems like the intention wasn't to shut him out of the Avengers completely (and based on the way placement for other books works out, i do have him going back to the team for a few minor appearances).
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Both the Vibranium Vendetta and Outlaw stories continue directly from Spectacular Spider-Man annual #11 and conclude here. A little confusingly since he's in the Outlaws story, there is a solo Rocket Racer back-up in this issue that is covered in a separate entry. There are also "Origin Of" features in this annual covering Venom, Green Goblin, and Hobgoblin.
Crossover: Vibranium Vendetta
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlack Panther, Iron Man, Jonas Hale, Kingpin, Prowler, Rocket Racer, Sandman, Silver Sable, Spider-Man, Sunturion, Ultron, Will O' The Wisp
I haven't read many stories featuring Ultron, but I remember reading this and thinking that it was a poor showing for a much-hyped villain.
Posted by: TCP | October 5, 2015 4:47 PM
In the first scan posted, we have probably one of the worst cases of a typo. The single letter swap of "revolting" to "revolving" results in butchering the sentiment completely. What's worse is it's the sole acknowledgement/justification for the ungodly Kingpin and Ultron team-up.
Posted by: AF | March 1, 2016 11:01 AM
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