In the wake of Spider Island, bodies are falling from the sky and high rise thefts are rising. While the cops look into rogue spider-people being the cause of both, Spidey and Carlie find the Vulture the cause while also working out some of their relationship issues.
This story continues the great promise of what Spider-Man comics could be. The villain is used to good effect, the art works for the most part and although the themes clash with the story, the tale is solid.
The first shot of the Vulture here is perfect and disgusting and everything I would want out of that character. That he is using young kids that have been moving into the city to get spider powers to do his bidding is perfect with the preying modus operandi of the animal he is and the kind of people he attracts. While his motive is fairly “eh,” (steal stuff), this small arc fits the character well.
The images fill the panels with action and a sense of foreboding, but each character’s face is either devoid of emotion or comically overdone. There’s a manga sense to some of this that takes away from the dark subject matter with a bubble gum sensibility. The juxtaposition could have worked if not for the unbalanced shifts the story takes from the superhero to the urbane.
My only real complaint is that the villain and the ex-girlfriend storyline do not complement each other very well. Where we supposed to take away that Peter is preying on Carlie (or vice versa) in someway or were the two plots simply a matter of convenience? “We have to make them like each other AND use this cool Vulture idea. Make it work!” I’m probably reading too much into this and the above scenario is probably exactly what happened at Marvel HQ and I can’t fault them for it because the story does accomplish both objectives by making Peter and Carley work out there stuff and tell one of the better villain stories I’ve read in this book so far.Also, I have no idea what they are doing with Mary Jane. Just no damn idea.