WEEKLY WEB-UP!!!! Mark reviews the conclusion to GRIM HUNT!!!!

SPIDEY’S WEEKLY WEB-UP

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637 (GRIM HUNT Part 4)

STORY: Joe Kelly

ART: Michael Lark, Marco Checchetto, Stefano Gaudiano, Matt Southworth

REVIEW: Master Filmmaker Mark Mackner

Hola, Arachno-philes! ‘Tis I, your favorite Amazing Spider-Fan and local indie horror icon MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER with another installment of the WEEKLY WEB-UP! This time, it’s the conclusion to GRIM HUNT!!!!! HOO-AH!!!!!

Let me just start this review by saying HOLY FUCK, THIS IS THE BEST COMIC BOOK I’VE READ IN A LONG TIME!!!!! THIS is how you wrap up a story!!!! We start with Peter Parker, enraged at the sight of the murdered Kaine, the man (his clone) who died so that Peter could live. Peter puts on the black costume left for him by KRAVEN, and swings into action in a BEAUTIFUL splash page. “I’m coming. I’m coming for ALL of you!” Again. Chills.

Back at the Kravinoff estate, Kraven and his evil family await the attack of Spider-Man. Kraven apologizes for his outburst and odd behavior from the last issue. I’m glad to see that Kraven’s left the skin-tight leopard print pants in his past. Now he’s got brown cargo pants, and they suit him just fine. Plus, those ballet slippers he used to wear are gone, in favor of big, ass-kicking boots. All of the silliness has been erased from his appearance. Now he just looks like a badass survival nut, and that rocks.

Once CHAMELEON, ALYOSHA, and ANA leave the room, though, Kraven drops the façade. The second SASHA gets close, he threatens her. “I have given my orders. Prepare for war.” But Chameleon has other ideas. He feels he’s done his part for Sasha and earned his money, and now it’s time to get the hell outta there. He’s already had enough of his half brother. Alyosha argues with him, when Ana cuts in (She throws a knife at the wall between them, you see. PUN-TASTIC!!!!) warning them to prepare, for “He’s coming. And the Spyder is so very, very angry.”

Meanwhile, ARACHNE, ARANA, and MADAM WEB are still being menaced by VLADIMIR, Kraven’s dead son who was brought back as a liony werewolf kinda thing. Sasha bursts in and loses her shit on Madam Web, blaming her for what’s happened to her husband. Furious that she killed the wrong Spider-Man. She slashes Web’s throat, and leaves her there to bleed out on the floor. Then, the lights go out. Web smiles. “This is the reaping. You have made the Spider very very VERY angry.”
Shit. So now it’s REALLY been established that Spider-Man is WAY pissed off. He’s cut the power to Kraven’s mansion, and now the hunt begins.

Chameleon, Alyosha, and Ana search the dark halls for Spider-Man. Chameleon becomes the first to go, pulled out the window by Spidey’s web. Next is Vladimir. Spidey damn near kills the beast, but is interrupted by Alyosha’s bullet, which very nearly finishes him off. But, while Aly and Ana are arguing over whether he missed or if Spidey actually dodged the bullet, Spidey grabs Aly from above and drags him away screaming. Now, even the batshit crazy Ana is afraid.

And THEN… well, you just have to read this one. How fucking AWESOME is this book? I found myself putting it down a few times, because I was loving it SO MUCH that I didn’t want it to end. Kelly deftly balances horror (monsters, black magic, rising from the grave), suspense (As Spidey hunts down the villains), sadness (I think it’s the fact that Kraven doesn’t WANT to be alive again that really sells this story), action (kick-ass fights), and, somehow, HUMOR (Spidey’s kiss-off to Kraven at the end had me howling, plus the banter between Spidey and Arana in the epilogue).

With one story, Kelly has really shaken up the Spidey-verse. Arachne is the new Madam Web. Arana has taken over Arachne’s old costume (Though still keeping the name “Arana”. She quips that “Spider-Girl is “totally corny” and “makes you want to puke”). The story doesn’t even come close to ending the way I thought it would. My prediction was that Kraven and Sasha would end up dead in a coffin together, locked in their final embrace. Boy, was I wrong.

I rolled my eyes when they brought Norman Osborn back to life. He had such an epic, classic death, and stayed dead for so long. I was angry when they resurrected him. Now, he’s one of my favorite characters. And now, KRAVEN’S BACK, BABY!!!!! Sounds like another horrible idea, and yet… it’s not.
I’ve loved quite a few of the newer Spidey stories since the new status quo has taken over, most notably NEW WAYS TO DIE and AMERICAN SON (Spidey vs. Norman… always classic!), but GRIM HUNT is now my definite favorite. It’s every bit as memorable and effective as KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, and that is high praise, indeed.

That’s all for now. Up next is my review for Chapter One of “One Moment In Time”, by Joe Quesada. It’s supposed to answer all the questions regarding Peter and MJ’s break-up, and the impact their deal with Mephisto had on the entire Marvel U. I dunno… I don’t have a great feeling about this one. It’s Quesada, first off, and they’re calling it OMIT. I hate to be pessimistic, but we all know what happened the last time Quesada had his hand in a Spider-Man story whose name was shortened to an acronym. And ANYTHING following GRIM HUNT is bound to look pale in comparison. But, we’ll see, I suppose…

#637. STORY: A+++++++ (All hail Joe Kelly!!!!)

ART: A+

And THAT is the WORD, so sayeth the MASTER!!!!!

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2 Comments to “WEEKLY WEB-UP!!!! Mark reviews the conclusion to GRIM HUNT!!!!”

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  1. JayDee says:

    Yeah I thought it was pretty good.
    A LOT of buildup though! With all of the Gauntlet stuff for the past 1,203 months and all. But great story overall, plus now we have a bunch of re-vamped villains, so that’s cool.
    I read OMIT this week..can’t wait to see what you have to say about it.

  2. Toosie says:

    I was wondering after reading grim hunt we have seen both the return of kaine and kraven will be able to see mattie franklin as well. i am just wondering thats all…

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