Hey there MONDOcomics readers.
If you read the internet like I do you might have already looked down and realized that this isn’t your typical MONDOcomics. You might have feelings of panic, anxiety and disorientation — those are natural. They will pass as you come to love our new, permanent-for-now format. After 81 weeks of snapshot reviews, it was time for a change. Personally, I was getting burnt out trying to be uniquely witty on four to seven different titles every week. Also, sometimes there’s only so much you can say about your favourite guilty pleasures. So, we’ve decided to open it up and change the format drastically. Now, it’s up to each writer what they want to write about that week. That means you might get a long dissertation from Isaac one week or a series of short hit-pieces from me or a couple of picks of the week from Owen. The idea is to write about what we want to write about. Expect experimentation, new formats and love-ins. Hope you enjoy.
While I’m still concerned about how quickly everything has been handed over to Peter Parker for this storyline (a high paying science job when he most needed it), this problem is somewhat mitigated by the fact that they’ve added a very intriguing wrinkle — the return of Phil Urich. Beyond it being a nice nod to history, I didn’t think much of Phil’s appearance last issue, but now I realise he was in the exact same position as Parker, aimless and just scraping by. In this issue his fortunes change, arguably just as fantastically as Peter’s, but along the criminal alignment. I mean, Phil even has an Uncle Ben of his own! Phil’s story has always been told in relation to Spider-Man’s — now they’re taking that story and making Phil a dark version of Peter. Naturally there’ll be a fair amount of people who’ll cry foul at this; if they were a big fan of Phil as the heroic Goblin either in the past or not-too-distant, “what if” future of the Spider-Girl series, or they may have a problem with him just having a sonic scream when before it was a hardware ability in his mask. Maybe that’d only bother me. Regardless, I can understand not liking this characterization, but I’m still really impressed by this move from a thematic stand point. S’alright? S’alright. — Isaac Mills Read the rest of this entry »