Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #282

Background

In the last two issues (which will have reviews very soon!) Spider-Man, Silver Sable, and Sandman took on the Sinister Syndicate (Hydroman, Beetle, Boomerang, Speed Demon, and Rhino) in one of the greatest battles Spidey has ever been in. But Spider-Man is left in a world of pain after his ordeal. At the same time, his best friend, Flash Thompson, falsley accused of being the Hobgoblin has been broken out of prison! What will happen next? Read on, true beleiver!

Story 'The Fury Of X-Factor!'

Our tale begins with reporters gallore, questioing Flash Thompson's attourney as to the circumstances of his jailbreak. She repeatedly says "no comment."

Simeltaneously, Mary Jane, after a long night of partying, hears the news and rushes to the home of Peter Parker (whom as we all known is the Amazing Spider- Man)to see how he is coping with the news that his best friend has been further incriminated after his escape. But she finds him passed out on the bathroom floor, still in Spider-Man attire. His battle with the Sinister Syndicate last issue really took its toll on him and he is suffering from a concussion as big as the Easter Seaboard.

Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson hears a radio advertisement for a mutant hunting organization called "X-Factor" (for the sake of the readers of this review, I am going to clarify that X-Factor is actually the original X-Men posing as mutant hunters so they can take in down-on-their-luck mutants and train them in the use of their powers.) JJJ decides to call them and ask them to bring in Spider-Man, although there is no evidence that he is a mutant. They decide to give it a try, just in case Spidey really is a mutant or a menace, and J. Jonah Jameson writes them a hefty check (way too hefty for his liking) to bring in Spider-Man.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker finds out on the TV that Flash has escaped from jail, and despite the protestations of Mary Jane, he exits through his window skylight to search for his friend as Spider-Man (who is still sporting a HUGE concussion and is significatly weakened).

X-Factor finds Spider-Man and sends out Beast to try to talk to him and avoid violence if possible, but the injured Spider-Man is too on edge, and a misunderstanding takes place and it quickly becomes Spidey versus X-Factor. Our hero holds his own for a little while despite his concussion, but he is slowly overcome. Eventually, after being hit by the Angel, Spidey accidentally knocks Marvel Girl off the roof of a building, and exerts all of his strength pulling her back up with his webs before passing out from his concussion again.

In light of his heroics, X-Factor does not bring him to JJJ, and returns the money he gave them, much to his rage.

General Comments

I dont like mutants. Some stories of the X-Men are great, and some guest appearances are great, but in most cases, including this one, X-Men bug me. There are a few I like, but I cannot stand Cyclops. I don't want to go on a diatribe against him here, but if you want my reasons, feel free to mail me.

Overall Rating

There was nothing especially wrong with the story except that personally, I am not a mutant guy at all, and the apperance of X-Factor pulls down my personal rating for this issue.