Comics : Web of Spider-Man #62

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This story is part of a Lookback Series: World Wide Web of Spidey

This review was first published on: 2005.

In Detail...

"All That Glitters"
Web of Spider-Man #62
Mar 1990 : SM Title
Summary: ... (Molten Man)
Editor:  Jim Salicrup
Writer:  Gerry Conway
Pencils:  Alex Saviuk
Inker:  Keith Williams
Cover Art:  Alex Saviuk
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 Reprinted In: Complete Spider-Man (UK) #1
Articles: Green Goblin II (Harry Osborn), Elizabeth (Allan) Osborn, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Molten Man

Spidey receives a very warm welcome after rescuing a cat from a sewer for its young owner. He is enjoying the Bugle's new stance now it is owned by Thomas Fireheart. One of the bystanders even comments: “Everything they say about you in the Bugle is true!”

The Molten Man is back in town and buying a hot dog. At MJ and Pete's, Liz shows up while MJ is showing Kristy some pictures. Liz tells MJ that her brother (Molten Man) is out of prison and wants $10k from her.

Pete comes home and agrees to wait in Liz and Harry's apartment. A woman shows up from the state saying that Harry is in violation of a law that prohibits him from turning commercial property into residential. As she's in the apartment, Molten Man buzzes the flat. Pete shoves the woman into a closet and changes to Spidey.

They fight and Molten Man throws Spidey into a fridge before hurling it (and him!) down an elevator shaft. Spidey pops out and hurls Molten Man into the power cables knocking him out.

Shortly after, Molten Man has come to his senses. He is a lot calmer and he, Harry and Liz make up to the point where Harry offers him a job. Meanwhile, the woman is still locked in the cupboard!

In General...

Usually, the fight scenes in the book is my least favourite part – they all seem so similar and corny but, for once, this one is really good. Throwing Spidey down a lift shaft, while he's in a fridge is quite an amusing scene – albeit slightly painful for our hero. It's jut a refreshing change from the standard, kick, punch, web scenario.

The end is quite rushed – one minute MM is lying defeated, the next he's all pally with Harry and Liz again. An extra page would have been highly beneficial here just to tidy up the loose ends.

That said, the story on the whole is quite a quirky little affair and pretty enjoyable. There's also a few nice bits of comedy – specifically the woman locked in the closet at the end.

Overall Rating...

A decent effort even if the overall story isn't moved on at all.