REVIEW CORNER: Sensational Spider-Man # 8

Sensational Spider-Man # 8

Writer: Todd Dezago
Penciller: Mike Wieringo
Inker: Richard Case
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Gregory Wright

Cover Date: September 1996

Rating: 10/10

This week, I’ll take a look back at Sensational Spider-Man # 8 and wow, does this title bring back some memories. I was in the last few months of my freshmen year of High School when this issue was released and during the time when this series was released, Dan Jurgens brought some much-needed energy to the spider-titles with his work on Sensational, but due to Marvel not wanting to end the Clone Saga until the fall of ’96 and Jurgens’ wish to write and draw stories with Peter Parker as Spider-Man denied, Jurgens left the series and Todd Dezago, who, during that time made a name for himself either plotting or scripting some of the numerous spider-titles (I loved when he scripted over J.M. DeMatteis’ plots for issues # 404 & 405 of “Amazing Spider-Man”) was indeed the perfect writer for Sensational, not to mention what an absolute joy it was to see Mike Wieringo (R.I.P.) and Richard Case as the book’s new art team.

So this issue begins with Spidey tracking down a villain who’s been stealing the weapons of other various villains and I like how Dezago was the only writer to make use of The Looter (Who first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man # 36) by making him a certified nutcase, and if truth be told I really think that Dezago had a blast writing Looter because it seems like the crazier he made him, the stories would be better for it.

And I really enjoyed the Spidey/Looter battle mainly because even with the whole scatterbrained madness of The Clone Saga still lurking around, it was so cool to see a Spider-Man story complete with some of the classic elements such as Spidey cracking wise and the villain being undone by his own plan.
And this issue showed what a flawless team that Dezago and Wieringo were as they both found a very great vibe when it comes to collaborating and their run of “Sensational” showed the respect each other had for their work.

A very fun issue that should be included in any Spider-Man fan’s collection. I’ll be back next week with another review so thanks for sticking around and I’ll see you all next time.

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