Feb 6, 2012

Spider-Island Spider-Mannotations: Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #2, Spider-Island: Spider Woman #1

So, uh, fell off-track a little here.  But in time for the Spider-Island and Spider-Island Companion hardcovers, here's some more Spider-Island Spider-Mannotations!

Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #2

(art by Mike Choi)

Creative Team: Nick Spencer (writer), Emma Rios (art)

Page 8: Mr. Negative is, of course, quoting Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, in which the protagonist is transformed into a giant insect.

Page 9: The masked men with Negative are his Inner Demons, henchmen granted phenomenal regenerative powers by their master.

Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed henchman.
(Amazing Spider-Man #621, written by Dan Slott, art by Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano)

Page 20: Okay, I'm gonna need some help on this one.  At some point in one of Cloak & Dagger's '80s series, C&D switched powers, resulting in Dagger looking very much like this...but what issue?

Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1

When the Thing tells you to yield, he means it.
(art by Stefano Caselli)
Creative Team: Fred Van Lente (writer), Guiseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks)

Page 1: This flashback incorporates only a fraction of the weirdness in Spider-Woman's origin; an unexpurgated version would include Elder Gods, the High Evolutionary, a wizard's ghost, and a goddamn werewolf.  Let's just leave it at "it's complicated".

Page 2: Alicia Masters is the blind sculptress on-and-off paramour of the Thing.  She's also the daughter of the villainous Puppet Master, was replaced by a Skrull that married Johnny Storm, spent some time in space with the Silver Surfer, and yeah, was once transformed into a woman-spider.  She's had an interesting life.

Blindness means super-powers.  Everyone knows that.
(Fantastic Four #14, written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby and 
Page 6: Gypsy Moth is Sybil Dvorak, a Romanian mutant with the power to psionically control fabric.  She's an old foe of Spider-Woman's, having first appeared in issue 10 of her ongoing series in the '70s - back then, Spider-Woman was based in San Francisco.  She went straight in the dying days of the Thunderbolts' first series, joining the T-Bolts as the implausibly-dressed Skein.

Seriously, I'm not sure I can post her Skein costume and maintain this blog's PG status.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition #5, art by Sandy Plunkett)
Page 12: Johnny Storm, of course, died in the much-hyped Fantastic Four #587, at the hands of Annihilus and his Annihilation Wave.

And that's it for this round - but join us soon (honest) for Amazing Spider-Man #670, Venom #7, Herc #8, and Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2!

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