“99 Problems…Part 2 of 5”
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Marco Rudy
Colors: Val Staples
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Covers: Marco Rudy & Val Staples, Carlo Barberi & Pete Pantazis
Review by Scott Keys
Continuing from the previous issue, how will Spidey fare in the air, surrounded by some of his deadliest foes?
Kindt and Rudy continue their masterpiece (hey kids, there’s even a Picasso reference in this book), this time from the confines of an airplane. Spidey is confronted by the n’er-do-wells Mysterio, Sandman, Hydro-Man, and the Shocker. Kindt’s dialogue and internal monologue of Spidey is one of the best examples of how to write Spidey I’ve ever seen (no offense to Dan Slott, this is just a different type of story and it’s Peter, not Otto). Peter utilizes his brains and brawn, and Kindt even explains how Spidey uses his Spidey-Sense during battle. And Marco Rudy is just as brilliant telling the story as Kindt is, only he uses pictures, and boy does he use them well! I loved all of the “safety procedure” panels showing Spidey battling each foe in the style of those safety pamphlets you find in your seat back in the airplane. Absolutely hilarious!
How does the story go, you ask? Well we start off with Spidey falling out of a plane (well, how do you like that?). We then get the story of the gauntlet, with Spidey battling through our 4 villains, one at a time. As he makes his way through each one (quite interestingly, too. But you really need to read it to appreciate it, so I won’t waste your time), he gets to Mysterio. In a very “Peter Pan” way, he tells Spidey that if he stops believing, the plane won’t fly! This book is just so much fun, and such a joy to read. I only wished it was an ongoing.
Marvel Knights Spider-Man is simply some of the best storytelling on the racks today! If you don’t go out and track these books down, you’re doing yourself a disservice!
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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