Another quick whip through some 8-page stories. Issue #98 has Werewolf fighting Sabretooth. It’s a short vignette that has the fight cut short by some hunters who stumble upon the scene and start shooting at them. Creators: Len Kaminski and S. Clarke Hawbaker. Grade: C
Also in #98, Scott Benson and John Stanisci offer a story about Gladiator. I appreciate this because (a) he’s not a commonly used character and (b) he has cool buzz saws that shoot from his gloves.
Melvin Potter is in his costume shop when a customer asks for a Gladiator costume, and it gets Potter thinking about the days when he was a super villain. And he gets curious about the customer, so he breaks into the guy’s apartment and finds out that the dude is a Daredevil stalker. The guy arrives home and there’s a brief confrontation.
Great ideas—I wish they could have gone somewhere or been expanded upon. Grade: C, because it’s a good concept but very brief. 8-page tales that provoke imagination should be applauded.
Issue #99 has a short tale of Arcade and Puck by Paula Foye and Joe Madureira. The art is awful and the story is miserably confusing. And it’s just 8 pages. Grade: D.
Then Susan Kennedy and Malcolm Davis offer a story of Peter Parker needing to turn in film to J. Jonah but being constantly distracted by low-grade Spider-Man issues. He misses his deadline, but then at the very end it turns out Mary Jane gave the film to JJJ after all. Eh. Grade: C-.
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