Definitely, comic collectors should collect this comic. Today, Green Goblin’s popularity has resurfaced thanks to the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home movie.
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BEST: THE PUNISHER STRIKES TWICE (1974)
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #129.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
In 1974, the Punisher appeared in Marvel comics for the first time. Really, collectors have raved about the value of this comic which ranks 17th on the Top 200. Indeed, Punisher has created a true cultural movement which has affected law enforcement and even politics. On our GCG Count, the story ranks second. On the Top 200, it holds a Record Sale of $43,200 and a Minimum Value of $670.
Definitely, Punisher has a large following beyond comics and a movie adaptation. In many ways, his value expresses an underground culture that values patriotism, guns and violence. Below, is the first printing of the Marvel Milestone Edition.
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BEST: Never Let the Black Cat Cross Your PatH! (1979)
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #194
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.
Characterization: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
Finally, rounding our review is Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1974). Really, the thrilling introduction of Black Cat marks a transition to the more dramatic stories of the 1980s at Marvel. In the Top 200, the comic ranks 98th while our CGC Count ranks it as tenth. In terms of value, the Record Sale is $5,200 while the Minimum Value is $30.
Definitely, if you are looking to buy or sell, this comic continues to have good numbers. Generally, the comic is also sold as the German Euro Variant.
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THE WEB OF LIFE AND DESTINY MYSTICALLY CONNECTS THE SPIDER-TOTEMS IN THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE
The Web of Life and Destiny. Marvel Comics.
If you remember the popular Spider-Verse crossover, you know all the different versions of Spider-Man across the multiverse were involved. In addition, it was adapted into the hit animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [Blu-ray]. Aside from the animated movie, the Spider-Verse crossover really changed the Spider-Man mythos.
As you all know, all different versions of Spider-Man across the multiverse are mystically connected by the Web of Life and Destiny. In fact, it is the same Web that has endowed Madame Web with clairvoyance, astral projection and telepathy. Moreover, this explains her powerful connection to the Earth-616 Spider-Man and how she has sought to help him. In reality, the Web of Life and Destiny is responsible for the powers of all the Spider-Totems.
Namely, the Web of Life and Destiny is spun by the Master Weaver. In addition, totemic spider deities help maintain it. Particularly, Madame Web, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and Spider-Girl are considered avatars or Spider-Totems of the Web of Life. In many ways, the Spider-Totems seem to have a mystical connection to the Web of Life.
Let’s list five reasons why.
5 REASONS WHY SPIDER-MAN IS MYSTICALLY CONNECTED TO THE WEB OF LIFE
5. THE SPIDER-SENSE IS CONNECTED TO THE WEB OF LIFE
Previously, we argued that Spider-Man’s spider-sense is precognition. On multiple instances, the super power has saved our hero by warning him of danger before it happens. Usually, within a fraction of a second.
Though knowledge of the spider-sense is limited, the Master Weaver has stated that the power is connected to the Web of Life.
In some sense, Spider-Man is alerted of danger because of his connection to the Marvel multiverse through the Web of Life. It is in part genetic and in part supernatural, voire, mystical.
Dramatically, the Master Weaver intervened in Peter’s life. In The Other: Evolve or Die (2005), Spider-Man is suffering from a mysterious illness. Mysteriously, he is affected by spells of dizziness, black outs and strange dreams. While stopping a bank robbery, he is shot by the villain the Tracer. After a visit to the doctor, Peter finds out he is dying.
Really, the comic sets up Spider-Verse and introduces the Web of Life. Dramatically, Spider-Man dies at the hands of the mysterious vampire named Morlun. Strangely, he is resurrected later after emerging from a cocoon. Amazingly, Spider-Man has shed his skin and his missing left eye has re-grown.
For the first time, he meets the Other who tells him that she is his opposite. Fortunately, Spider-Man has been resurrected by the cosmic deity known as the Master Weaver. Now, Peter must accept his spider side in order to re-align his life.
2. MORLUN AND THE INHERITORS ARE THE SPIDER-TOTEMS’ NATURAL PREDATORS
Morlun. Marvel Comics.
In Spider-Verse, we find out about Morlun’s race. As matter of fact, he belongs to the Inheritors, a race of vampires from Earth-001. Generally, they feed on humans and superhumans, though they prefer the pure energy of the Spider-Totems.
After a war with the spider deities, they imprisoned the Master Weaver. With his connection to the Web of Life, they located the Spider-Totems of the Spider-Verse and started a war to kill them all.
After feeding on their life forces, they planned to eventually depend on lesser life-forms. Really, as Ezekiel put it, they are the Spider-Totems’ natural predators.
When Ezekiel Sims meets Spider-Man for the first time, he tells him the truth about his super powers. In reality, the spider that bit him was not by accident. On the contrary, it was by fate. Plus, he warns Spider-Man of a threat that will eventually claim his life.
By Spider-Verse, we realize everything was building up to the Spider-Totems and the Marvel multiverse. As matter of fact, Spider-Man and the other avatars have a mystic connection. For example, the night Peter died at the hospital during Morlun’s attack, Spider-Woman sensed it.
Particularly, the Spider-Totems’ connection to the Web of Life allows them to travel the multiverse. For example, the Web Warriors of Earth-001 use a Dimensional Travel Watch to travel between the realities.
2010s MILES MORALES STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD
Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.
Good: 4 to 3 stars.
Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.
Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.
BEST: ‘ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN COMICS’ (2011).
In ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ #1-5.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
While Slott was doing his mainstream run on Spider-Man, star writer gave us a hit series in ‘Ultimate Spider-Man Comics.’ After killing the Ultimate Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Bendis gave us a new Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It is safe to say, Miles is the new, vibrant Spider-Man for Generation Z.
From the beginning, the first five issues tell the origin story of Miles Morales to becoming Spider-Man. At first glance, an up-and-coming youth from a troubled family. In reality, Miles wants to do the right thing and make it up the ladder in life. Surprisingly, Miles wins the lottery into a New York charter school. However, when an accident occurs, Miles life is changed and he becomes the hero he was meant to be.
Without a doubt, the dialogue is appropriate for the audience and though Miles and Genke are teenagers, they are aware of the superhero lifestyle: the young, good guy gets powers, defeats bad guy, saves people and gets the girl. In fact, it sounds like a formulaic Hollywood story which gets amplified in the animated movie. What makes the story work is the diversity, strength and earnestness of the characters. In the end, Bendis’ work shines and he is able to play up the characters’ chemistry with precision.
In an interview with CBR.com, Dan Slott revealed his inspiration for the storyline. Creatively, Slottt was to tell his version of the plot from the video game “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” As matter of fact, it involved an artifact called the Tablet of Order and Chaos which threatened the lives of Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099.
“Spider-Verse” is more a Peter Parker story than a Miles Morales story. The crossover event is ambitious and features the Spider-Men from the Marvel multiverse across continuity. There are touching and bonding moments. Though Spider-Man and Miles Morales have few panels together, their moments are bonding times. Spider-Man emerges as a leader capable of leading a team on a multiversal scale and Miles is a functional member of the team.
Anyone looking for a Miles Morales’-centric storyline would be misguided from the video games and the animated movies. At the same time, this is a crossover event not to miss out.
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‘Spider-Men’ was Brian Bendis’ five-issue mini-series on the first crossover between the mainstream Spider-Man/Peter Parker and the Ultimate Spider-Man/Miles Morales. In continuity, it follows the death of Ultimate Peter Parker and the appearance of Miles Morales. In the storyline, the mainstream Spider-Man meets the new Ultimate Spider-Man.
In fact, the plot is simple but fun: In battle with Mysterio, the mainstream Spider-Man has crossed over to the Ultimate universe through an interdimensional vortex. Though, there are initial parallels between the mainstrem Spider-Man/Peter Parker and the Ultimate Spider-Man/Miles Morales in the first two issues. Forward, the plot immediately goes to center on Peter Parker and his impact as the previous Ultimate Spider-Man. Moreover, the plot progresses quickly towards its resolution and there are heart-warming moments with the Peter Parker family.
Previously, Sara Pichelli collaborated her art with Bendis on ‘Unltimate Comics Spider-Man.’ The two collaborate again on this series. Similarly, Pichelli’s pencils and inking translate well on digital printing. In truth, they lend to the Ultimate line of Marvel comics which pushes the envelope, upgrades superheroes and supervillains and at the same time caters to a younger audience. In the end, Pichelli’s pencils and ink are rough, not very expressive and to the point.
Overall, “Spider-Men” stands out mostly because it is focused, a-propos and serves to grant legitimacy to the new Ultimate Spider-Man, none other than Miles Morales.
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In ‘Thanos’ (2018) #17, Silver Surfer (The Fallen One) falls into a trap set by Thanos before facing future Thanos. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS
This is My Comics Reading List for March 2021. For anyone just jumping onto comics, we are recommending the following single issue comics as jumping on points into regular subscriptions. You will not regret it!
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1. ‘THANOS’ (2016) #1 (MARVEL)
After the Civil War II event, Thanos returns to the Marvel Universe. Thane recruits Champion and Starfox for a secret mission involving Thanos. However, the mad Titan is dying…
2. ‘THOR’ (2020) #1 (MARVEL)
As King Thor prepares a speech he has rehearsed multiple times, snow falls in Asgard. Galactus and Silver Surfer arrive on Asgard, foretelling the Black Winter. They have come to Asgard to enlist Thor on a mission to stop the Black Winter.
3. ‘AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’ (2014) #9 (MARVEL)
The origin story of Miles Morales is related to tragedy on an alternate universe. From tragedy, the superhero is born! Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man. Welcome to the Spider-Verse!
4. ‘DARK NIGHTS: METAL’ (2017) #1 (DC)
Earth 0 is being invaded by a counterpart of Batman from the Dark Multiverse, led by the demon Barbatos! Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern must embark on a mission to save the DC Multiverse from an existential threat. Prepare for a multiversal event unlike the DC Multiverse has ever witnessed.
5. ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ (2011) #1 (DC)
On Prime Earth, Metropolis and Gotham City are facing sightings of strange alien creatures called Parademons. A group of young and inexperienced superheroes investigate. The sightings portend an event far more catastrophic, more than a challenge for these modern-day superheroes!
*Issue #1 is sold in Volume 1.
6. ‘WONDER WOMAN’ (2012) #13 (DC)
The re-surfacing of an ancient prophecy is set to rock the Throne on Olympus as Wonder Woman embarks on her most fateful mission yet: to protect an unborn child! Wonder Woman is on a collision course to face a foe who challenges her mentally and physically.
The cryptic prophecy must not come to pass, or else!
*Issue #13 is sold in Volume 3.
7. ‘FUTURE STATE: THE NEXT BATMAN’ (2021) #1 (DC)
Bruce Wayne is no longer behind the mask and there is a new Batman in Gotham City. The Magistrate is in power and has ordered anyone with a mask on to be shot.
Batman must fight crime in Gotham City while on the run from the Magistrate.
8. ‘HOUSE OF M’ (2005) #1 (MARVEL)
Wanda Maximoff unable to beget children, uses her mutant powers to alter reality and conceive a child. She faces fierce opposition from Professor Xavier and the X-Men.
Suddenly, superheroes are disappearing one by one. Spider-Man disappears and wakes up to a baby crying…
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