Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 3) #9

Background

Spider-man Unlimited gives you two stories for the price of one. From what I've reviewed so far, one story is usually pretty good and the other one...eh...could be better.

I've said it before but usually one (sometimes both stories) reminds me of that old Tangled Web series that came out a while back. Stories told about Spider-man but through someone other than Spider-man's perspective.

Enough of my banter, let's see what we got...

Story 'You're Rubber, I'm Glue'

Two youngsters are bothering Spider-man as he tries to enjoy a sandwich. They ask if he's super-smart, mention that he looks pretty dumb and talk about how all if ever does on TV is hop around and punch people. "Why don't you call yourself Brain-man if you're so smart?"

An electrical explosion is seen off in the distance and Spidey is saved from having to answer anymore mundane question.

Electro seems to be robbing a bank and accessorizing with a cute little backpack with AIM written on it. In the fight Spidey gets zapped by the backpack and something unclear happens to Electro and presto! Spider-man's sticking power makes him get stuck to everything.

MJ reassures Peter about how smart he is as she cuts a poodle loose from his back. A loud KZZT off in the distance alerts says Electro is at it again.

This time Electro is already battling two of the Fantastic Four: Thing and the Human Torch. In the battle Spidey gets stuck to Thing and Thing sits on Electro. Mr. Fantastic sends his son Franklin to help Spider-man with his little "problem" and Human Torch flies off to get a camera.

General Comments

The art on "You're rubber, I'm glue" was good. Not super stellar, but good. I really liked the way Spidey was drawn. I liked the "all of the spider legs pointed down thing" on his costume. Art-wise the cover was the best contribution. I've seen a Spidey sunset cover twice too many this year, but Salvador Larroca and Liquid! did it with style. If you like this duo you should check out X-men. The covers rule!

The story in "You're rubber, I'm glue" was fair. The comedic story is getting a little old, but I do like the different situation that Spider-man is put into. Some of the drawing are a little unclear as are some of the transitions. AIM being written on Electro backpack was an interesting point. I wish they'd have expanded on that a little more.

Overall Rating

Passable stuff. Let's give it an "average" three webs.