Comics : Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #14
After some marital difficulties, Mary Jane leaves on a plane trip without her husband. The plane crashes and Mary Jane is presumed dead, but Peter doesn't really believe it to be true.
Meanwhile the evil Spider-Woman introduced in Amazing Vol.2 #5 is still hanging around and has apparantly beeen causing Spider-Woman trouble in her title. And she's now returned her sites to Spider-man. Sounds like an excuse for a team up to me.
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #14
Feb 2000 : SMURF 455.500 : SM Title
Summary: Spider-Woman (Mattie) vs. Spider-Woman (Charlotte)
|Articles: Aunt May Parker, Green Goblin I (Norman Osborn) (FB, Cameo), Jameson, J. Jonah, Madame Web, Madame Web, Madame Web, Madame Web, Maxwell, Morris (FB, Cameo), Spider-Woman I (Drew), Spider-Woman III (Franklin)|
The story starts with Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin, finding out about Mary Jane's death and taking off to tend to the grieving Peter Parker. Who is at home and understandably feeling a bit under the weather.
Though it turns out that Mattie isn't the only Spider-Woman after Peter, the other, evil, Spider-Woman is after his blood and crashes into the Parker's apartment. A fight ensues. Mattie finds out Peter's secret identity. Peter saves Mattie and Mattie declares her love for Peter!
Needless to say, you need to buy Spider-Woman to find out his reaction.
This comic is a bit of a throw away. Nothing of any real lasting import happens to Spider-man. None of the interesting sub-plots are furthered. And worst of all it tends to spotlight Spider-Woman more than the titles hero. The only thing that is anywhere near good is the art.
Basically though, this new Spider-Woman seems to ruin any comic she is a part of and this issue of Spider-man, despite the disclaimer at the start, seems to be mainly about her. Which is a clue straight off that this is hardly worth reading. The premise that is supposed to get you to read this book is that Spider-Woman hits it off with Spider-Man. This could be interesting, except that you can tell from the start that it isn't really going to happen. I know already that, without reading Spider-Woman that Peter is going to turn her down and the moment is going to be more of a defining point for her character than Spidey.
It is also a really annoying time to have a cross over as well, there are actually some interesting sub-plots happening at the moment in Amaing and Peter Parker. But, Makie seems determined to drag them out for no reason. I would've much rather found out more on Senator Ward, Mysterio, Mary Jane, Venom or a dozen other things.
The only good thing is that John Byrne's art isn't too bad. But, even that isn't much.
One web for the art and not much else. I would much rather read about Spider-man than Spider-Woman