Jun 20, 2012

Spider-Mannotations: Amazing Spider-Man #671, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #524, Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire #1

We're getting into the home stretch!  The penultimate issue of Spider-Island, and the Black Panther and Heroes for Hire too!

Amazing Spider-Man #671

Tiny pants, giant socks.
(art by Humberto Ramos)

Creative Team: Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas and Victor Olazaba (inks)

Page 7: Peter Parker was the subject of a feature in the American Science Journal in Amazing Spider-Man #663.

Page 9: The man in room 6 revealed!  Michael Morbius, of course, is a longtime foe and/or ally of Spider-Man, created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101; while attempting to cure his rare blood disease, Morbius accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire.  Over the years, he's had varying levels of control over his bloodlust; currently, he's more-or-less in control.  He's heading into the sewers because, as of the recent Frankencastle storyline in Punisher, Morbius has been running Monster Metropolis, a subterranean city populated entirely with monsters.

"Cannot fight compulsion...to shill chocolatey cereal..."
(Amazing Spider-Man #102, written by Roy Thomas, art by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia)

Page 11: Firestar joined the New Warriors in New Warriors #1, and the Avengers in Avengers (volume 3) #4.  Gravity became Protector of the Universe in Fantastic Four #545 when he was resurrected by the cosmic entity Epoch (yeah, he was dead at the time) to replace the previous Protector, Quasar (who was also dead at the time, but has since also gotten better).

Page 15: Spider-Man saved Horizon from the Hobgoblin in ASM #650, and saved their shuttle from the Scorpion in ASM #653.

Page 20: This is a Mortal Kombat reference, right?


Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #524

Homage #1: Amazing Spider-Man #102.
(art by Francesco Francavilla)

Creative Team: David Liss (writer), Francesco Francavilla (art)

Page 1: What's the Black Panther doing in New York City?  Well, after Daredevil went all crazy and demon-possessed during the whole Shadowland thing, he asked T'Challa to protect Hell's Kitchen in his stead while he wandered America or whatever.  Leaving his niece Shuri to protect Wakanda in his stead, he did so.

Page 3: Overdrive, introduced in the 2008 Spider-Man Free Comic Book Day Special by Dan Slott and Phil Jiminez, is a thief and courier with the unique ability to upgrade any vehicle he's driving into a high-speed engine of destruction.  He's pretty cool.

Page 12: Lady Bullseye was sold into slavery by the Yakuza as a young girl; her captors were eventually slain by the assassin Bullseye, thus inspiring her to take up his name and profession.  She's currently one of the Kingpin's chief assassins.  First appearing in Daredevil (volume 2) #111, she was created by Ed Brubaker and Marko Djurdjevic.

Sadly, has yet to team up with Lady Stilt-Man.
(Daredevil #111, art by Marko Djurdjevic)

Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire #1

Homage #2: Amazing Spider-Man #141.
(art by David Yardin)
Creative Team: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (writers), Kyle Hotz (pencils), Bob Almond (inks)

Page 2: In the background here, we can see the Falcon (Sam Wilson, can fly and talk to birds, former partner of Captain America), Luke Cage (steel hard skin, Avenger, Thunderbolt), Gargoyle (Isaac Christians, old guy who can inhabit the body of a big orange demon, ex-Defender), and the Shroud (Max Coleridge, orphaned rich boy who sought...okay, yeah, he's basically Batman, but he's blind).

Page 3-4: Man, a ton of old Luke Cage villains here.  The stripey guy is the Cheshire Cat, a teleporting villain with a big smile; the guy in red and silver is Chemistro, alias Calvin Carr, a crook with a gun that can transform the atomic structure of matter; the guy with pointy teeth is Cornell Cottonmouth, a serpentine pimp; and the man in the trenchcoat is Dontrell "Cockroach" Hamilton, wielder of Josh, a six-barrelled shotgun.  The lady with the Princess Leia afro is Deadly Nightshade, alias Tilda Johnson, who started out as a Captain America villain, and likes turning people into werewolves; the guy in purple is Spear, alias Jasper Daniels, a villain who, uh, shoots spears at people; and the green guy is Mister Fish, alias Bill Norris, who nobody laughs at.  These guys all appeared together in the Shadowland: Power Man miniseries.

Hey, did someone order the '70s?
(Shadowland: Power Man #2, written by Fred Van Lente, art by Mahmud Asrar and Scott Hanna)
Page 7: The Black Cat regained her bad luck powers in Amazing Spider-Man #602, after losing them some twenty-odd years earlier thanks to a spell cast by Dr. Strange, who was only trying to lift the apparently permanent jinx the Cat had cast on Spider-Man.

Page 11: As seen on a sign in the background, the Inkwell Awards are annual awards that recognize the comics industry's best inkers, and it just so happens that this issue's inker, Bob Almond, founded them.  Check them out.

Page 20: Misty and Danny Rand broke up after a traumatic pregnancy false positive in I Am an Avenger #1; she developed a growing mutual attraction with Paladin throughout the most recent Heroes for Hire series.

And that's it for this time!  Join us next time for Venom #8, Amazing Spider-Man #672, and the wrapups of the three tie-in miniseries!

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