So I decided to read the new ASM book to see if it is good or not and I have to say that I'm glad I don't buy these books anymore!
Well because when I buy a book about Spider-Man I would expect to Spider-Man and not about Norman Osborn middle age crisis on whether he needs the goblin serum to be insane again ?
Also, yet another book where Slott finds a way for the bad guy to beat and humiliate Peter Parker. Is this a thing Slott like to do when he is alone ?
The artwork is honestly terrible especially when you consider the fact that Norman looks old instead of deformed.
Masked Guy wrote:I just finished Personal Demon (Amazing vol. 4 #32) and...ugh. What was that?
So Norman Osborn travels to the mountains, studies the mystic arts, summons Spider-Man, defeats him, transforms him into an actual spider, crushes him and then turns against his masters...only for it to all have been a hallucination. But wait, his hallucination taught him something the readers already know: that his Goblin persona has always been inside him and he doesn't need the formula to be The Green Goblin! *slow clap*
All joking aside, this issue was a complete slog. Not only did it tell us something that many of us were probably already painfully aware of, but the issue itself was just boring. The "training" was completely glossed over and Norman's battle with "Spider-Man" (hallucination or not) was lame and thoroughly unsatisfying. Worst of all, the whole "mystic arts" angle felt really, really out of place for a man of science like Norman and only served to remind me of The Gathering of Five...which is a bad thing. Why would you want to remind anyone of that train wreck? Worst of all, we didn't learn anything new about Norman. This issue was the perfect opportunity to really explore his psyche, but instead we're simply beaten over the head with one particular fact: Norman Osborn is crazy. How novel.
Greg Smallwood's art was decent, but it can't save such a dull and pointless issue. Honestly, I think this is one of Dan Slott's worst efforts to date. And that, my friends, is saying something.
Couldn't have said better myself! This was a filler issue that Slott wanted to pad his run even longer!
GRADE : D- as well!
Spider-Padre wrote:Osborn boasted he would be much more dangerous sane -- which I actually thought made some sense. So now they're throwing that away.
Wouldn't a sane Goblin be ultra-dangerous? I thought it could be entertaining for Norman to build a Goblin corporation. But instead it looks like he just wants to go back to flying around, chucking pumpkin bombs. This is a guy who had real power in the government, for a while.
Q: So he has zero adaptoid abilities anymore, I gather.
Yeah, why would he want to be insane again when he could be more effective being sane ?
He became as powerfull as the president of the USA, nearly defeated the Avengers and more. So why would he want to be insane again ? Just so he can use the goblin serum and be the green goblin again ?
Wasn't the Green Goblin, an alter ego like Spider-Man that Norman used and not a split personality ?
For a guy who boast about knowing everything about Spider-Man shouldn't he also know this about Norman ?
Cheesedique wrote:Well, we already had a sane Goblin in Kingsley's Hobgoblin.
Increasingly, they had Norman take over all of Kingsley's shtick, leaving Roddy to be a lame mashup of Taskmaster and Deathstroke pre-#700.
Which begs the question : Why are we not using the Hob Goblin instead of Norman ?
Answer : Because Marvel needs villains for other books.
And the last time we saw Kingsley was in Spider-Woman! And because the Green Goblin is a bigger name than the Hob Goblin so Slott used this to prop himself up!