Spider-Man Life Story 3 The ’80’s: Capsule Review

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Title: Spider-Man Life Story 3 The 80’s

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

Penciler: Mark Bagley

Inker: John Dell

Colorist: Frank D’Armata

Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Cover Artist: Chip Zdarsky, ACO

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Marvel Universe saw some fun times in the ’80’s. Specifically, the point when the Marvel Heroes were dragged into the Secret Wars. In the Secret Wars, Peter Parker gained symbiosis with the character now known as Venom. This tale is told in real time and Peter suffers true pain from being at Secret Wars away from his family. It’s truly hard to see what Peter goes through. On top of all the personal matters…The Kraven storyline where he “kills” and takes his place also comes to pass. It’s an aged poorly Kraven the Hunter that has seen better days. It’s almost hard to see the bad guys age as well. The ’80’s was also a heightened age of nuclear threat. We get a taste of what the Marvel Universe has to deal with when it comes to nukes. Mark Bagley doesn’t get to really play with the Spider-man suit in this issue. The black spider suit does not need a re-design. It’s simplistic look is what makes it great. Bagley’s art is still top notch.  Zdarsky’s dark story for Peter Parker potentially has no happy ending. It’ll be interesting to see if he can maintain the heroic aspect of Spider-man. It’s one of those moment where the nice will probably finish last.

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