In many respects, David Michelinie’s dialogue is all about action. Indeed, the words get straight to the point and are mostly about descriptions. In fact, Michelinie’s Spider-Man is all about action and dealing efficiently with his enemy.
In addition, the villain of the story who acts behind the scenes gives serviceable lines. For the most part, this is more or less the weaker element of the comic.
Generally, Acts of Vengeance and Spider-Man’s arc focus on Loki’s recent manipulations of Marvel’s top villains. Really, Spider-Man’s arc progresses well as he faces different villains such as Graviton, Magneto and the Tri-Sentinel.
In the latter issues, the purpose of Spider-Man new powers is revealed. In Amazing Spider-Man #329, Spider-Man becomes Captain Universe. Indeed, Michelinie changes the Spider-Man status quo to the fans’ elation.
Perhaps, the best aspect of the comic. Though the villain’s motivations are uninteresting, he plays an important part in moving the story along. And in one blast of energy, Captain Universe is activated!
Furthermore, the writer does a good job at highlighting Spider-Man’s humanity despite his unlimited power. Also, Spider-Man’s cast like Mary Jane appears in the comic.
Equally, the most enjoyable element of the comic. Importantly, Erik Larsen’s panels are kinetic, expressive and focus on action and tension. As matter of fact, the villain has ample space to shine with large close-ups of the face.
Meanwhile, Larsen depicts Spider-Man and his agile body with strength, explosiveness and power. Finally, the battle with Tri-Sentinel is well executed. In fact, the splash page of the final act is memorable.
Finally, the comic shakes up the Spider-Man status quo. Nothing less was expected from the creative team. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told.
Definitely, collect either the trade paperback or the single issues.
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