REVIEW CORNER: Marvel Fanfare # 47

Marvel Fanfare # 47
Co-Plotter/Script: Bill Mantlo
Co-Plotter/Artist/Colorist: Michael Golden
Letterer: Jim Novak
Cover Date: November 1989

For this week’s installment, I’m going to take a look at Marvel Fanfare # 47 which features an untold tale featuring Spider-Man, Nick Fury, and The Incredible Hulk.

On assignment for S.H.I.E.L.D., Bruce Banner (Who during this time now had control over his intellect when he transforms into The Hulk) contracts a space virus that latches onto him, but it turns him into a savage beast once he reaches earth. Peter Parker, who’s on a photo assignment for The Daily Bugle gets wind of The Jade Giant’s impact and hits the scene as Spider-Man but with the latter feeling sick, Spidey does his best to stop the Hulk’s rampage all while trying to steer clear from a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. Destruct-Drones whose only mission is to stop the Hulk but ends up leveling a neighborhood in the South Bronx Thanks in part to a junior S.H.I.E.L.D. officer who oversteps his authority because of The Hulk knocking out Fury (And the drones were sent out before being tested for combat. Nothing could go wrong with that, right?!?)

This story really brought out the best in both Golden and Mantlo as the script and artwork are flat-out SENSATIONAL!! Every page explodes with action and excitement plus I really enjoyed the animated elements that Michael Golden puts into his art, making it very vibrant yet keeping it intact with the realistic settings and Bill Mantlo once again shows what an excellent writer he is, showing how his stories help shape the Bronze Age era of Marvel back in the day. This issue of Marvel Fanfare is by far, one of the most refreshing issues to come out of this title’s first volume all while raising the bar on how to tell a story of epic proportions.

Well, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back next week with another theme, as I review some of the weirdest comics ever. From Marvel, DC, and the independent publishers, nothing’s off-limits. So thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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