Spider-Man Life Story 3 The 70’s: Capsule Review

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Title: Spider-Man Life Story 2 The 70’s

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

Penciler: Mark Bagley

Inker: Drew Hennessy

Colorist: Frank D’Armata

Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Cover Artist: Chip Zdarsky, Michael Cho

Review:  ★★★★☆

In an effort to create a new story, you have to add change. Chip Zdarsky does this by taking some of the more important elements of Peter Parker’s life and altering them. He doesn’t alter them so much that they are not recognizable. You have to age the characters we all know and love in a natural way. Gwen Stacy’s story takes a strange twist but not unbelievable to this new world. For Zdarsky it’s an open world, but frankly for Mark Bagley…he been here with these characters before in the Ultimate Universe. The story does more to supporting cast; Mary Jane, Harry Osborn and Flash Thompson. It almost feels like Peter is coasting through his own story here. Peter also has interesting interactions with Reed Richards and Otto Octavius. We get to see how their lives have changed through this natural course of time. Mark Bagley gets to do an overhaul on Spider-Man himself and a new Goblin. I do believe the armor added to Spidey’s outfit seemed bulky and unnecessary to the story. It looks cool and maybe this is how we are seeing this Spider-Man change. Bagley’s art is always solid and warm reminder that he knows the character more so then anyone else. They did switch out inkers to get the book potentially a different look. The end of the book isn’t all that satisfying for Peter and it seemed odd. Spider-man has had his ups and downs, but frankly this was a bit of torture. The next issue teases “Our Secret Wars”. I read those when they came out back in the 80’s…I look forward to this next look at them.

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