Marvel Comics Presents #98-99 (1992): Werewolf By Night, Gladiator, Puck and Spider-Man

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-.

For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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