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Spider-Man: The Gauntlet, Vol. 1 - Electro & Sandman Paperback – Bargain Price, July 28, 2010
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Dan Slott is a comics writer best known for his work on series including DC s ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL, and, for Marvel, THE AVENGERS and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.
Artist Adam Kubert, who also contributed to the previous Ultimate X-Men volumes, hails from a long legacy of renowned Kubert illustrators. His dynamic pencils and attention to realism provide the X-men with a compelling, cinematic flair. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Dark Reign: The List - Spider-Man
Gauntlet Origins: Electro short from Web of Spider-Man (V2) 2
Amazing Spider-Man 612-616
First, The List, which is the only issue here by Slott (I'll also mention that Quesada does nothing in this book.) The story is a self-contained one-shot that is pretty average -- Spidey trying to expose Norman -- and more related to the Dark Reign event going on. Unfortunately, nothing about it really sticks, a good example of Stan Lee's "illusion of change" mantra, where despite a lot happening, nothing REALLY happens. About the art, while Adam Kubert can be hit or miss, he really hits it here. Almost everything is done as a 2 page spread (though not necessarily a splash), with crisp linework and vibrant colors. Just fantastic all around.
The Electro Origin short doesn't lead into his arc very well. Waid's main arc about Electro, who is weakened by his waning powers, is a good re-establishment of the character, but I wasn't crazy about the plot. This was during the real life bank bailouts and that idea spreads into the comic with the DB doing the same. While that's going on, Electro's trying to get enough money for the equipment needed to cure his instability problems. The art by Azaceta is good, actually very good if you take the time to focus on it (great proportions and storytelling ability) but I don't think it works for a Spider-Man comic. It's especially jarring compared to the other rotating artists; really the kind you need to settle into. Doesn't help that it comes after Kubert and Kitsons earlier work in the book. It also has a very concrete look that doesn't mesh with an Electro story (or maybe that's just my inner Pokemon fan being pedantic, ground and electric mixing...Read more ›
As for the other issues collected in the volume... they're kind of a mixed bag. The Web of Spider-Man villain origins, regardless of quality, are mostly pointless. And the first story in the volume is actually more closely related to the Dark Reign storyline that was going on in the rest of the Marvel universe involving Norman Osborn. A good story with great art...that has nothing to do with the rest of the book. This one probably requires a little more working knowledge of the Marvel universe to fully understand/enjoy (but that's what Wikipedia is for). It doesn't really detract from the quality of the book, but it does make you wonder what it's doing there.
In short, if you want two stories about two of Spidey's classic enemies with a modern twist, this is the book for you. Those two stories are worth the price of admission. And there's some other stuff in here that's not bad to look at either.
The Electro story starts off promising, but get's old real quick, a very boring read throughout the middle, but it leads to a decent fight scene in the end(but like I said the art takes away from everything noteworthy to at least some degree in this book). Sandman's book wasn't the greatest in the world either, a bit on the emotional side, but a solid spidey story nonetheless. Here, Quesada's style isn't as bad, partly due to the fact that he's illustrating Sandman, a character who's very aesthetics compliments such dry and grainy art. Overall a "meh" read, would've gotten a 3/5 if it was illustrated by anyone else.
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