Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #7

Background

Mackie and Byrne are in control. Can any good come of it?

Story 'Heroes & Villains'

  Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #7
Summary: Flash Thompson as A Super Hero
Arc: Part 1 of 'The Perfect World' (1-2)
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Writer: Howard Mackie
Pencils: John Byrne
Inker: Scott Hanna
Cover Art: John Byrne

The story opens with Spidey waking Flash early one morning, requesting his assistance. Flash dons his super-hero costume, and off they go on their mission to save the world once more.

Huh? Something seems a little strange here. Flash is a hero (adored by Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy). Spidey and Flash are comrades-in-arms. JJJ gets his come-uppance, Peter Parker is a wheelchair-bound bookworm.

Sure sounds to me like something isn't kosher - and that's just what Peter Parker thinks, if only somebody would listen too him.

General Comments

This story demonstrates once more that Howard Mackie isn't completely talentless as a scripter. His problem is that most of his ideas must seem "really kewl", but in practice they're just lame. He's like a competent musician with really lousy taste in music.

But by the law of averages, sooner or later he's bound to stumble on a half-decent tune, and this is one of those cases.

Overall Rating

An intriguing little story. Of course, Mackie often starts well and then screws things up in the conclusion. Let's give him four webs for now and wait and see how this ends up.