Alright so yes, Kraven's Last Hunt turned out to be very good indeed. Frequent visitors may recall I had my doubts last week. It's worth noting, it took the return of Peter Parker to the story to grab my interest. The whole point of the arc, in fact, is Kraven exhibiting to Peter the separate aspects of his own being: what of Spidey is spider and what is man? With Vermin as his pawn, Kraven reminds Peter that a spider for all of its extraordinary gifts is still a ruthless predator.
Then again, that describes humans pretty well, too...
But that's not Kraven's point. When Spidey acts with thoughtless disregard, he is the spider. When he is driven by emotions, he is the man. It's sort of Star Trekky, really. But darker.
Anyway, I am now more curious about both Kraven and, to a lesser extent, Vermin. I am always eager to learn more about Spidey.
As it turns out, I was reading the Thanos story in the right order after all. Infinity Gauntlet comes next. Thanos snaps his fingers and snuffs out half the population of the universe. Sound familiar?
Starlin and Perez's story has a cast of thousands, never what I want in a comic book but all Avengers-driven stories are like this. It's too bad because the build up stories are a lot more graceful. Oh well. The art's good. Maybe I'll feel differently as I get deeper into the plot.
My Recent Reads
The Web of Spider-Man #32
Originally published November 1987
Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Mike Zeck
|via Marvel Database
The Amazing Spider-Man #294
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #132
Infinity Gauntlet #1
May 21, 1991
Jim Starlin/George Pérez
Infinity Gauntlet #2
June 18, 1991
Infinity Gauntlet #3
July 16, 1991