Friday, February 06, 2009

Your Happenstance panel for today:

From Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #5, "Broken!" Written by Eric Stephenson, pencils by Keith Giffen, inks by Smith, Palmiotti, Elmer and Ramos.

With Marvel consolidating the Spider-Man books into the three-times-a-month Amazing, it has to be a matter of time before they try another anthology, non-current continuity book. It's tough, though: anthologies can be easy to pick up, but just as easy to drop; and if you open with say, Garth Ennis and John McCrea, you have to keep raising the bar to keep readers onboard and fight that pesky standard attrition, until a beleaguered editor is replacing Joss Whedon and John Cassaday with, I don't know, J.K. Rowling and the ghost of Norman Rockwell maybe.

Of course, I'm pretending to care what other people think or might want to read, when this is clearly meant for me: Giffen art! Spider-Man vs. the Silver Surfer, when he was on his war on humanity kick! With Psycho-Man and Annihilus, and cameos from the Inhumans, Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan, Gwen Stacy, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, and the FF!

This was a three issue story, but Giffen only did art for the first two. I wonder why...I almost always think of him as a DC guy, even though he did Lunatik there.

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