Friday, September 16, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #2

OK, so, as I said before, I'm just giving a down-and-dirty recap of the "Amazing Spider-Man:  Extra!" issues.  So, away we go: 

Black & White:  This story's OK (and is one of the two stories that directly affects an ongoing ASM storyline).  Chris Bachalo is awesome as ever and we get a better sense of Mr. Negative and his agents.  I'm confused by some of the plot points, though.  First, based on Mr. Negative's conversation with Mei-Li, it appears that the sweat-shop victims and the Osborn test-subjects from "New Ways to Die!" were the same people.  That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.  Did they escape the sweat shop only to, what, return to Oscorp for their testing?  I mean, they don't necessarily have to be the same folks.  The group who escaped might have just been a different shift of employees.  But, it's still weird that they'd be forcing employees to work in sweatshops AND be subject to testing.  That seems a little OTT evil, even for Norman Osborn.  Also, speaking of Norman, how did Mr. Negative get his hands on Osborn's venom formula?  His Inner Demons are using it, but Mr. Negative and Norman aren't exactly chummy.  Finally, it still appears that Martin Li may not know he's Mr. Negative.  Weird.  Anyway, I really feel like it's time to wrap up this Mr. Negative story or, at least, reveal the secrets and let him just be a pretty cool member of Spidey's rogue gallery. 

Birthday Boy:  Um, OK, did they not notice that the first issue also had a story named "Birthday Boy?"  C'mon, editors, wake up a little!  This story is fine.  I'm so totally over Wolverine, but, whatever, it gets across its point.  Spidey mentioning the Mayan deity story arc is a nice touch.

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