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Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 3: Here There Be Monsters Paperback – October 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Spectacular Spider-Man (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785113339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785113331
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Spectacular Spider-Man, Volume 3: Here There Be Monsters" collects issues #11-14 of "The Spectacular Spider-Man." The tradepaperback contains the three-part story "The Lizard's Tale" and a poignant change of pace story that features painted art by Paolo Rivera (His cover for "The Spectacular Spider-Man" #14 serves as the cover for this collection). Paul Jenkins is the writer on all four stories, while the first three feature a new artistic team for the comic book with penciler Damion Scott and Inker Rob Campanella.

In "The Lizard's Tale," Curt Connors, Peter Parker's friend, is a widower trying to deal with the loss of his wife and struggling to have a relationship with his young son while working desperately to get a research grant from the Montalbetti Foundation. However, when the grant is awarded to another scientist an enraged Connors once again turns into the Lizard. Spider-Man is able to stop his rampage, but not before the Lizard has destroyed his competitor's research lab. The Lizard turns back into Connors, who insists the destruction is not his fault. Peter puts Connors in a safe room with some sedatives to help him stay calm while he tries to figure out what is going on. But when Spider-Man returns, he finds Connors in the middle of what appears to be a deliberate transformation.

"The Lizard's Tale" explores the tragic character of Curt Connors, who apparently has even more bad luck than Peter Parker. Connors is working on a cure for cancer, but loose the grant to somebody trying to cure foot fungus. The problem is that Connors is considered a loose cannon, and his actions before the Foundation's board only confirm that line of thinking.
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The first three parts of this four part book are about The Lizard. Now he has never been one of my favorites but in this one he comes across as a bit more interesting than before. He is struggling with the loss of his wife to cancer and trying to figure out how to relate to his son. There is an interesting revelation here that I don't want to spoil which makes for a new dimension to the character. The art is decent enough but not my favorite style. The fourth section is drawn by Paolo Rivera. I can't say that his style appeals to me. It is a bit too realistic for what is, by definition, an unrealistic world. However, the story is GREAT. This is worth a look see and easily worth the $10 cover price.
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