Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #8

Background

This storyline brings back the incredibly stupidly-named vampire villain Hunger back into the limelight, along with - you guessed it - more obligatory team-ups! And which Marvel characters do you think of when I say 'vampire'? That's right! Blade and Morbius!

Story 'Blood Feud'

  Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #8
Summary: Blade, Morbius
Arc: Part 2 of 'Vampires in Town' (1-2)
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Howard Mackie
Pencils: John Romita, Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Cover Art: John Romita, Jr.

Spidey's hanging out on a ledge, waiting for MJ to call on his cellular phone. He's obviously feeling pretty bad about ditching their 2nd honeymoon for the hero gig. However, he's not feeling too bad, because he books the minute Robbie Robertson calls and offers Peter some freelance work.

He's in the brush, taking pictures of a meeting between Kingpin and Jimmy 6, and it involves the trunk from last issue. Peter gets caught, but runs into Blade, and then someone shoots a particle beam cannon at them, and they black out. The cops interrogate them both, then release them. Back at the Bugle, Robbie hears that Eddie Brock broke out of a West Coast jail, and it's possible he's heading to New York.

Later, Blade and Spidey meet up at a docked ship, and they both drop in on Kingpin welding open the trunk. After dispatching the horde of henchmen, the trunk opens and inside it is... (can you guess?) Morbius! So Blade wants to kill Morbius, Morbius wants to kill Kingpin, and Spidey tries to stop everyone from killing each other. Sheesh! Anyway, Blade takes off, Kingpin takes off, and Morbius takes off, but only after telling Spidey that Hunger (you know, the lame-o villain from last issue) is actually Crown! I won't take the time to give you a history, but if you read this title, you should know.

Peter returns to his apartment to receive another prank call, and this time Peter really suspects its Venom. Then, Jimmy 6 (who is awfully quiet for such a huge guy) puts a gun to Peter's head, and tells him the Kingpin's looking for him (Peter, I mean). Jimmy 6 tells him to keep his head low, because some serious shtuff is going to go down.

General Comments

This two-issue storyline really served no purpose, other than to show Blade's ugly puss, and to return Morbius back to the land of the un-living. I personally can't stand Hunger, and I'm getting really sick of the 'Mob War'. None of these stories are original, or contain anything even remotely interesting. It quite literally hurt me to read these stories, because they were so predictable.

Overall Rating

One web, and that's because this is still a functional comic - of sorts.