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The Spider: Judge, Jury & Executioner Hardcover – December 6, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Spider
  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Moonstone; Reprint edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936814056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936814053
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,404,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This collection of six adventures featuring the 1930s crimefighter from the pulps captures the flavor of those long-gone stories, where the bad guys were truly bad and the good guys did what was necessary to exact justice.

The stories are very straightforward, with the action barreling ahead at high speed. These aren't stories that one lingers over. They are meant to be gulped down like a hot cup of coffee on a cold winter day.

Most of the stories are illustrated in what the publisher calls ''widevision,'' where the text is bisected by a black & white image that stretches across the two-page spread. The illustrations add to the tone of each story, and make each tale zoom along even faster. The Spider looks appropriately creepy, while his girlfriend Nita looks nothing like I imagined!

Five of the stories in this collection appeared previously as:
The Spider: Judgement Knight issues 1-3
The Spider: Chaos Maker
The Spider: No Sympathy for the devil (from Phantom: Noir 6)

The sixth tale is a new one by C.J. Henderson, who also penned the first story in the collection. The new story focuses on Nita and the Spider's man servant, Ram, adding some depth to their alliance.

While I enjoyed this book, there was one thing lacking. The Spider novels from the pulp era always seemed to feature threats to the nation that were so grave that thousands were slaughtered or hurt, and cities were always destroyed or taken over. In most of these tales the bad guys are a bit too local for my tastes, and seemed almost more appropriate as opponents of The Shadow.

Still, I strongly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of The Spider.

For more on the author C.J. Henderson, and his thoughts on the Spider, search goldenrulecomics on hubpages.com.
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