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Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do Paperback – May 9, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1st Thus. edition (May 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785110798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785110798
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on May 29, 2007
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Kevin Smith's interpretation of Spider-Man in the first three issues of this limited series was the best in years. Spidey was witty and throwing off some genuinely funny one-liners while bantering with Black Cat, and the series showed incredible promise at the outset.

Then Kevin Smith had to take a few YEARS off halfway through the six-issue run to direct a few movies. When he came back to finish the last three issues, the change in direction was jarring. For the first three issues you have a lighter story, but the last three issues take an unnecessarily sadistic twist. Suddenly the villain set up for three issues is gone, a minor character becomes a major one, and we are subjected to the rapes of two characters (off panel, but clearly confirmed by dialogue). It's as if Kevin returned to the story after the hiatus with a whole new outline and decided to scrap the first part of the story and take it somewhere else.

The only redeeming part of the whole story is the epilogue involving the return of a major supervillain, but since there's little chance they'll let Kevin near another miniseries any time soon, we'll probably never see this developed further.

A promising beginning that was ultimately disappointing at the conclusion.
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There are some things you have to let go when you realize that no matter how hard you try, you won't change some peoples' opinions. Religion. Politics. Sports. The merits of Tron Legacy. Sometimes you just have to give up your crusade and realize it's pointless. This is not one of those times.

"The Evil That Men Do" remains the most underrated and overlooked Spider-man stories to have ever graced comic books, and, ironically, it's indicator for its brilliance is often mistaken as an unintentional misstep. The story is written by Kevin Smith with absolutely gorgeous artwork by Terry Dodson. The story was originally penned as a lead-up for Smith to take up writing the "Amazing Spider-man" series, but due to a hiatus and a mix-up with paychecks and computerized automated systems, the series was finished as a stand-alone story with Smith being criticized for his lateness. Many fans felt jaded and angered at Smith's lateness over this series, so much so, that that's usually all anyone will talk about when discussing this storyline, instead of the storyline. Smith's dialog pops with the right amount of drama and levity where appropriate, and often manages to turn the scene's tone amazingly fast in just a few panels, yet feel so natural to the scene. Dodson's art pops with detail with absolutely gorgeous ink and color work being presented on page.

The story concerns itself with Spider-man (aka Peter Parker) and Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) following clues to uncovering a series of drug overdoses that point to a far-reaching conspiracy with a well-connected player in the New York community. What's so engaging about the first half is the downright electric chemistry between Peter and Felicia.
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First off this is not what id would recomend for a introduction story of black-cat. as a full on story its not amazing but it tell a good whodoneit story and gives us a nice showcase of felicia hardy.

This is definitly closer to a charachter study for black cat then much else it ties into her origin story and gives us a pluasible intereptation of what drove her to be the black cat. and the first 3 issues of this is basicly a love letter to spiderman and black cat and shows off alot of there history and the biggest p[lot points in there lives or at leats black cats.

As a story teller i think smith tried very hard to make it not just good but to be accurate and do the carrahcters justice , in my opinion he does this well fleicia is spot on for the most part save for a few over emotional touches and a touch less subtlety then she usully sports though in fairness this is a rather late story compared to what i have in my memory for blakc cat. Spiderman is written well though at points i get the impression smith had pushed a bit past spiderman and was goign to deadpool territory but still within the range and a good job was done focsuing correctly.

the story itself comes on very strong good cohesion and flow but as it starts nearing its last half it feels rushed felicias explanation and her revealed past is pushed out rather quickly though within reason.

all in all i say this book did well it was done with a eye towards fanservice and though blakc cat is drawn sexily its not slapping us in the face. colors are good and drawning isnt overtly stylistic but very clean , were this book suffers is in the ending its resolution is very look and a bit of a downer ending though felicia and peter get a good ending moment thta deifnitly finishines it nicley.
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I've always felt that Spider-Man's Black Cat was a rip-off of Batman's Catwoman. Arguably, Spider-Man and Batman are Marvel's and DC Comics' most popular superheroes, respectively, and sell the most comics for an individual character. That's why there are nineteen Batman titles and The Amazing Spider-Man is published sixteen times per month. I exaggerate, but you get my point. Anywho, it only felt natural that Marvel give Spidey a flirtatious good girl/bad girl character, too. Hence, the Black Cat. While I didn't mind the Black Cat, I never thought of her as anything but a two-dimensional Catwoman clone.

I read the latest Black Cat mini-series (2010) and thought it was pretty crappy. I then discovered that Black Cat had another mini-series back in 2002/2005*, written by writer/director/actor Kevin Smith. The official title of the six-issue limited series is "Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do," but it's primarily a story about Black Cat with Spider-Man's name thrown in there for sales purposes.

*Apparently, Mr. Smith couldn't finish the story in 2002. Issues 1-3 were published in 2002 and issues 4-6 were published in 2005. Lame? Yes. Luckily, I didn't purchase the series in 2002 and then again in 2005 because I would have been totally lost. Be glad you can purchase it now in a complete graphic novel.

Despite Smith's apparent lack of dedication to the story, I was undoubtedly impressed by the final product's gritty and mature subject matter: drugs, rape, and incest. Both were treated very well and were vital to the overall story. Smith balanced these heavy subjects by injecting humor, pop culture references, and flirtations between the Black Cat and the then-married Spider-Man.
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