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Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998) #0


You know, it’s not terrible. I mean, it’s kind of dumb in a nineties rehash kind of way–if Byrne ever got so thorough in his thinking of Superman’s origin, he never showed it in Man of Steel and just let a lot go unmentioned–but it’s nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. Maybe because it’s just the origin of the Lizard, the Sandman and the Vulture.

What’s bad about it is Byrne’s faces. He’s fully formed John Byrne here, where everyone looks exactly the same. The Tinkerer looks the same as the Vulture, since they’re both old. Flint Marko looks the same as Norman Osborn, because they have the hair, but they also look the same, in the face, as Curt Connors.

The writing is no worse, for instance, than when Mark Millar did his Spider-Man villain amp-up in 2004. Some of it’s probably better.

One response to “Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998) #0”

  1. This is such late period Byrne stuff done with such a lack of passion and the crank it out fundamentalism that was his stock in trade for the later years. While seeing Byrne’s early art at the C2E2 con this year, I had almost forgotten that at one time Byrne could create new characters and dimensions out of whole cloth. The whack a mole approach to comics demonstrated here that while Byrne was given free reign by editors due to his “star” status, he retreated into a comics factory method that made nearly all his comics bland and unreadable.

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