REVIEW CORNER: Amazing Spider-Man # 429

Amazing Spider-Man # 429
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciller: Joe Bennett
Inkers: Bud LaRosa & Al Milgrom
Letterer: Comicraft’s Kiff Scholl
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Cover Date: December 1997
This month found me taking a look back at numerous She-Hulk titles in honor of the Disney+ series so this week I’ll take another approach by focusing on a character seen on the show. Since I took a look at Daredevil, this week I’ll take a look at Titania from her appearance in Amazing Spider-Man # 429 which also guest-stars a certain Marn Without Fear.

We start off with Titania and her husband Crusher Creel, better known as The Absorbing Man, figuring out their next move until Creel comes up with a plan….or rather a scam. Taking inspiration from The Thunderbolts they quickly came up with a disguise (They were now known as Thunder Girl and Lighting Bolt); Spidey, however, has his own problems as he found himself being set up by a returning Norman Osborn after the latter trashed his house and beat him senseless due to the events of Spectacular Spider-Man # 250 so once again he’s known as public enemy # 1 (Only this time it’s not being supported by a J.Jonah Jameson editorial); Matt Murdock takes notice of Spidey’s notoriety and changes into Daredevil to show support but soon after, Titania and The Absorbing Man attack which led Spidey and DD to engage in battle.

This issue truly felt like a sequel to Amazing Spider-Man # 283 in which Titania got over her fear of Spidey (for the time being) and Crusher Creel called Spidey’s bluff so with Tom DeFalco back on ASM, he was able to take moments like that one and craft something new and exciting. I like how Daredevil was added to the mix and DeFalco did a remarkable job of showcasing their chemistry while the readers to the delight of reading a flawless Spider-Man/Daredevil team-up. Titania and The Absorbing Man were always great together, especially with DeFalco writing them as his vast knowledge of the Marvel Universe always worked in his favor as he always distribute a tremendous story.
Joe Bennett’s artwork was certainly improving since his early days so I like how this issue shows that he can supply the action and bring out the emotions in the characters, plus it helps with Bud LaRosa’s inks perfected Bennett’s art (Can’t say the same for Al Milgrom’s inking); While this issue didn’t show Titania or The Absorbing man at the best, it’s still a pleasurable issue that delivers on every page and the fact that it’s a done-in-one really helps matters. Seek this issue out whenever you get the chance.

Well, that’s it for me this week. With three episodes of She-Hulk left I’ll take a look at another She-Hulk story (And I know just the one to look at) so be on the lookout for that. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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