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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Gauntlet" continues with The Rhino and Mysterio, April 30, 2010
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This collects issues #617-#621 of Marvel Comics' "Amazing Spider-Man" comic book series and two stories from "Web Of Spider-Man" #3 and #4, all originally published in Winter 2009-2010. This continues "The Gauntlet" story arc, a series of loosely connected encounters with classic Spider-Man villains that started in #612. Issue #617 shows The Rhino in two stories written by Joe Kelly, with artwork from Max Fimura and Javier Pulido, respectively. #618-#620 is a three-issue Dan Slott/Marcos Martin story arc featuring Mysterio and the Maggia. Dan Slott also wrote #621, in which Spidey and the Black Cat plot to retrieve something from Mr. Negative, who has separately done something to Aunt May. This volume also includes origin stories of The Rhino and Mysterio, each written by Fred Van Lente.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rather good collection..., May 9, 2010
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Thanks mainly to the Slott/Martin and Slott/Lark pairings. In this book, Spidey gets to meet again with old enemies such as Mysterio and Rhino. He also has to fight Mr. Negative with help (?) from on/off girlfriend Black Cat. But Peter Parker also goes through a lot of changes as Aunt May (edited spoiler) Harry Osborn and the Reilly cousins. Without revealing to much, let us just say that May proves not to be erm "Ms. Positive"... A good read all in all if not a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection., January 25, 2013
This review is from: Spider-Man: The Gauntlet, Vol. 2 - Rhino & Mysterio (Paperback)
This trade collects Amazing Spider-Man issues # 617-621 and material from Web of Spider-Man #3 and 4.

So far The Gauntlet has been a very weird "event." The connectivity of Spider-Man's encounters is entirely behind the scenes. With both Spider-Man and the villains he's facing unaware of the manipulative forces at work the stories really don't feel like they form a cohesive whole.

On the other hand, the stories themselves have been very good. This trade features two of my favorites. We get a surprisingly fantastic character study featuring Rhino, followed by a layered game of smoke and mirrors involving Mr. Negative, the mafia, and Mysterio. Interspersed are origin stories for each of the titular villains.

The Rhino story is short but relatively deep with some nice "twists" and great characterization. Mysterio's longer arc is complicated, but well told and one of the most interesting uses of the character I've read. The origins are decent little side-bars.

So overall a great collection of stories part of a bafflingly off the mark crossover event. Recommended, with or without any other Gauntlet trades.
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Spider-Man: The Gauntlet, Vol. 2 - Rhino & Mysterio
Spider-Man: The Gauntlet, Vol. 2 - Rhino & Mysterio by Fred Van Lente (Paperback - November 24, 2010)
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