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Fun, Surprisingly Well Written First-Person Narrative!,
This review is from: Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours (Mass Market Paperback)
I have been aching to read another Spidey novel since the ones written in late 90s. I am a huge fan, however the last five years until J. Michael Straczynski wrote Amazing.
I knew of Butch from Dresden files, underrated show but worried how he'd write Spiderman especially knowing it would be a First-Person narrative! HOWEVER I was most thankfully surprised! He is a true fan and does Parker and the Spiderman universe and characters proudly!
I LOVED this book being different, being a first person narrative (don't see that often in ANY books these days) let alone a Marvel Book. But Butcher captures Peter's insatiable wit to the tee and at the same time his genuine humbleness.
Many moments I laughed out loud, Butcher REALLY got into the essence of Spidey/Peter's character! The action is heavy, but there is a nice B plot with Peter being a fill in coach, and his relationship with MJ does not disappoint. There IS depth here, it's no Dicken's obviously but it doesn't need to be.
The characters are drawn out nicely, have depth and psychological impact. Even the Rhino gets his horns into some sympathetic meat!
Butcher deliver's a fun, insightful, caring and engrossing novel here. It DOES have psychological depth and deeper more meanigful and more personal themes than most other Spidey novels I've read.
I REALLY hope Butcher will do ANOTHER FIRST PERSON SPIDEY narrative!
It was such a treat to read being First Person, I must say. And Butcher (repeating myself =) is so good at it!