Monday, May 31, 2010

the Amazing Spider-man Annual #37 - Marvel

This issue gives us the first time meeting, ever . . of Spider-man and Captain America. The story takes place after Avengers, Vol 1 #11. In it Spider-man helped save Cap, and the Avengers from a robot Spider-man . . in Mexico. So this issue when Spidey comes across Sandman robbing a bank . . Cap ends up coming to his rescue. And just like that . . things are wrapped up. But nothing ever goes that easy for Spidey. Shortly after he's hand-cuffed, and fitted with an inhibitor collar, some wacky scientists show up claiming that Marko is going to be responsible for wiping out 27% of the world's population. They call it some kind of convergence of chronal strands, and liken it to what happened before Hitler came in to power. So basically . . they want to kill him before he can do the deed. Of course, Cap and Spidey aren't going to let that happen . . under any circumstances. And . . the usual intent vs method fight breaks out. Sandman does threaten to wipe out a portion of the civilization, but . . it happens after one of the scientists does something to him that accelerates his mutation. But then Spidey and one of the other scientists figure out how to fix it. Thereby ending the threat. And it turns out the leader of this group, Darwin, had this all figured out. 'There were 17 easier ways, off the top of my head. But they were so pedestrian and this was much more . . rewarding.' Anyways, the point of all this is, after talking to Spidey, Cap realizes there are heroes out there that are misunderstood. With no way of doing anything that would actually change the public's perception of them. He wants to help them, but . . he doesn't have the time. Unless . . they to were also Avengers. Which leads into Avengers #16 where Cap decides to recruit other people into the Avengers. People like Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye. So, even though this was essentially a forgotten tale . . it was actually a turning point in Marvel history. And a pretty cool story by Karl Kesel and Paulo Siqueira. And, by the way, Paulo's art was fantastic. In the back-up, we get a new Untold Tales of Spider-man, by Kurt Busiek and Pat Olliffe. It was pretty cool also. All in all, I thought it was a good Annual. Better than some I've read.

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