Jul 5, 2012

Spider-Mannotations: Venom #8, Amazing Spider-Man #672, Spider-Island: Amazing Spider-Girl #3, Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #3, Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3

It's finally here!  The penultimate instalment of Spider-Island Spider-Mannotations!  And most of these books concentrate on wrapping up the plot and engaging in huge fights, so there isn't quite as much continuity in them - meaning that I can mannotate five different books in one post!

Venom #8

It's a Giant Spider Island of savings at Menard's!
(art by Tony Moore)

Creative Team: Rick Remender (writer), Tom Fowler (art)

Page 2: Betty Brant's mother, Eleonore, died after slipping into a coma, induced when gangsters looking for money from her son, Bennett, backhanded her into a coffee table, as revealed in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #12.

Page 3: After Ned Leeds died, Betty became an investigative reporter, and acquired a penchant for firearms...sometimes to a ridiculous degree.  So yes, she probably does know how to use that gun.

I just...I don't...f*** you, the '90s.
(Web of Spider-Man #116, written by Terry Kavanagh, art by Alex Saviuk and Don Hudson)

Page 4: Flash Thompson's sister, Jessie, first appeared in Spectacular Spider-Man #-1.  (Yes, -1.  In 1997, Marvel had Flashback Month, in which every book flashed back to a time before its lead characters were super heroes.  It...kinda worked.)

Page 17: Yes, the Queen and Captain America used to date, back in WWII, as revealed in her first appearances.

Amazing Spider-Man #672

Look out, Pete.  She's got the crazy eyes!
(art by Humberto Ramos)

Creative Team: Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba and Karl Kesel (inkers)

Page 5: Reed and Ben know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man as of ASM #591.  He initially revealed this in Spider-Man/Human Torch #5, but it was erased from their minds by the Iron Man/Reed/Dr. Strange mindwipe in One Moment In Time.

Page 7: Peter designed this suit in ASM #650 to counteract the Hobgoblin's deafening Lunatic Laugh.

"I think maybe you should wait a few days after watching that new Tron movie before designing a new costume.  Also, ow, my spine."
(Amazing Spider-Man #650, written by Dan Slott, art by Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevos, Joseph Damon, and Victor Olazaba)

Peter refers to the much-maligned (and justly so) The Other storyline, where Peter died after a brutal beating at the hands of Morlun, only to return to life with a number of strange new powers, including wrist-stingers, increased strength, and an enhanced spider-sense...all of which have mysteriously gone away.  As we'll see later, Kaine apparently underwent a similar transformation.

Page 12: No annotation here, I'm just impressed they snuck a gag this dirty into an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.  "Shared a toothbrush", indeed...

Spider-Island: Amazing Spider-Girl #3

When they said this neighbourhood was full of wasps,  I thought they just meant white people.
(art by Ale Garza)

Creative Team: Paul Tobin (writer), Pepe Larraz (art)

Well, uh, nothing to Spider-Mannotate here, but judging by the size of the spider Hobgoblin kills in this issue, he totally murdered a baby.  Harsh.

Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #3

No caption, this is just a really nice cover.
(art by Emma Rios)

Creative Team: Nick Spencer (writer), Emma Rios (pencils), Alvaro Lopez (inker)

Page 19-20: D'Spayre and Nightmare are extremely powerful demons concerned with one aspect of the human psyche.  D'Spayre, as his DeviantArt-tastic name would imply, is lord of depression and misery.  He first appeared in Marvel Team-Up #68, and was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.  He's met C&D before, having infused them with portions of his soul.

Maybe we didn't need that second panel, but what isn't improved by adding a little Man-Thing?
(Uncanny X-Men #144, written by Chrus Claremont, art by Brent Anderson and Josef Rubinstein)

Nightmare rules the extradimensional Dream Dimension, and is responsible for humanity's bad dreams.  He's really old-school, having been created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Strange Tales #110, which also featured the first appearance of his nemesis, Dr. Strange.

Welcome to my me.
(Strange Tales #122, written by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko)

Mayhem, on the other hand, was Brigid O'Reilly, Cloak and Dagger's friend on the police force...the key word there being "was".  Corrupt cops poisoned her with nerve gas, and C&D's attempts to revive her instead brought her back to life as Mayhem, a lethal vigilante.  She was created by Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonardi in Cloak and Dagger #1.

Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3

You're not Sylvia!  You're one of the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu...Three!
(art by Sebastian Fiamura)

Creative Team: Antony Johnston (writer), Sebastian Fiamura and Leandro Fernandez (pencils), John Lucas (inker)

Page 7: Rounding out the Immortal Weapons in this book, we have Dog Brother #1 (wily protector of orphans and stray dogs) and Tiger's Beautiful Daughter (merciless leader of a village of female warriors).  Both were created by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and David Aja in Immortal Iron Fist.

How did these guys miss out on Marvel vs. Capcom 3?
(Immortal Iron Fist #9, written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, art by David Aja)

Next: the epilogue issue, and the future of the Spider-Mannotations!

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