Spider-Man: Chapter One 10 (August 1999)

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And there you have it… I say something nice and this issue’s my reward. This issue might be the worst. I mean, maybe not in terms of scenic writing, but certainly in terms of plotting and art. Milgrom’s inks here are atrocious. The only panel he doesn’t seem to ruin is a close-up of Johnny Storm. The rest is dreadful, as are the colors–Aunt May looks bad enough, but her bright blue hair is… incredible.

But the plotting’s actually even worse. Byrne forgot to tell the reader Peter and Betty are now seeing each other. He also forgot to include a scene where Liz Allen decides Peter’s all right, because this issue she’s talking about how she has changed her mind about him, but for no apparent reason.

Then the Goblin fight–at Spidey’s fan club meeting–is terribly executed. Still, it’s not as bad as the ending.

CREDITS

Goblin Redux; writer, penciller and letterer, John Byrne; inker, Al Milgrom; colorists, Mark McNabb and Mark Bernardo; editors, Matt Hicks and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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