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Spider-Man: House of M #2

Posted: Monday, July 25, 2005
By: Ariel Carmona Jr.



Writers: Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Artists: Salvador Larroca (p), Danny Miki (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Plot: The Green Goblin has dumped J. Jonah Jameson in a garbage dump with no car, no wallet, not even a subway token for him to make his way back into town, but it's all worth it for Jameson because he got his vengeful mitts on Peter Parker's journal containing all of Parker's little secrets. Meanwhile, Peter is on a talk show promoting his latest movie with Mary Jane when he is interrupted by Rhino who shows him video evidence of Jonah's confrontation with the Goblin. Peter siccs the Rhino on Crusher Hogan while he goes to confront Osborn about the Goblin's equipment. Following his head to head with Osborn, the webslinger goes after Jameson, but this time as everybody's favorite mutant Spider-man.

Comments: The grade goes down a bit on this one following the series' fast paced introductory chapter. While we finally get to see the webslinger swinging around in his alternate reality duds, there's not enough action advancing the story, and the comic wastes a lot of time following Jameson's trek back into town. Some interesting revelations may be coming. It seems from the way Mary Jane talks to the mutant talk show host about "sapiens" that she may be a mutant in the "House of M" reality, and the Goblin's true identity is still a mystery. There's a definite bond developing between Peter and his red headed co-star, and it's intriguing to see how it concerns Gwen Stacy, but other than that, no new players are introduced and no new complications arise. The artwork is the comic's real saving grace as Larroca's pencils continue to complement the colorist's pale tones which are perfectly suited to the book's murky flashback sequences. A full page dedicated to Venom abducting Gwen is aesthetically pleasing, but Waid and Peyer's slow paced story appears to indicate we may be headed to a rushed finish, and that is never a good sign.

Final Word: The reader can guess the book's climactic scene after Jameson gets his hands on Peter's journal because the writers have been foreshadowing Peter's secret since the series began last month. Because not much happens that's significant, it feels as though the story is shorter than it actually is.



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