Jun 28, 2010

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do Review

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Thanks to my subscription to Marvel Digital Comics (which is a great service, especially if you can find a deal crunching the subscription price), I decided to check out actor/director Kevin Smith's Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do. It starts off with Felicia Hardy, an old flame of Peter Parker being called upon by a friend to hunt down the missing body of movie star Trisha Lane. Hardy dawns the old Black Cat costume and heads to Spider-Man's neck of the woods, where the web-head is on the hunt for a heroin dealer named Mr. Brownstone. Spidey and Cat reconnect and sparks fly which makes things very awkward for Parker who's married to Mary Jane.

The first three of the six issues combined into this graphic novel are amazing. Spider-Man's funny, Black Cat is sexy and flirtatious, each of the characters have their own issues they're trying to deal with and everything's fun. When Kevin Smith finished the third issue of the series he took three years off to work on various films. When the series came back, the final three issues were totally about rape. Maybe it's being a product of America where I'm okay being over-indulged with violence but sex is taboo. And I understand why Kevin Smith would want to do a dark storyline fully centered on rape, as it follows one of the best motivations for comics to be around - they hit upon real topics in the real world that real people have suffered and let them know they're not alone. And the characters don't make it subtle either, promoting that rape victims need therapy and support and to band together to overcome what they've endured to live whole lives. That's all well and good, but it's hard to stomach, especially with characters I love.

Overall Rating:
Because the half-way point serves as a division of two completely separate entities, I'll factor that into my rating. The first three issues get 5 *'s out of 5 from me because they're absolutely perfect. The last three issues get about 2 1/2 *'s out of 5. Combine those and you get 7 1/2, then divide it by two, and you'll find an overall rating of 3 3/4 *s out of 5. It's pretty good and some people, maybe even girls who read comics might really appreciate it. Know now though that it's not a comic for everyone.

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