Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thomas Moudry:

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Spider-Man Family + Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special

Spider-Man Family

Recalling the halcyon days of the DC 100-Page Super Spectacular, this one-shot features almost everyone who has worn the, um, Mantle of the Spider. The lead story brings together Spider-Man, Spider-Girl, Araña: The Heart of the Spider, and—Oh, my stars and garters!—Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham and essentially celebrates Ol’ Web-Head’s place in the Marvel Universe.

Beyond that, there are reprints of Spider-Man’s first meeting with Jessica Drew, the mysterious Spider-Woman; the first appearances of Spider-Man 2099 and the aforementioned Spider-Ham; and Fred Hembeck’s look at Peter Parker’s boyhood—Petey! This is a nice package of nostalgia for any fan of Marvel’s resident web-slinger.

Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special

Written by Karl Kesel (Challengers of the Fantastic) and illustrated by Drew Johnson (Wonder Woman), the lead story in this one-shot introduces Reed Richards and Susan Storm to other realities’ versions of themselves and forces the couple to take stock of their relationship and consider the nature of their shared life. Obviously, they were meant for each other.

The backup story is a reprint of “Bedlam at the Baxter Building,” the magnum opus that saw Reed and Sue tie the knot with pretty much everyone in the 1965 Marvel Universe in attendance—even Stan “The Man” Lee and Jack “The King” Kirby. This is a fun tale to revisit, and Kesel’s lead-in is a fun celebration of one of the longest running marriages in comic book history.

Thomas Moudry is a long-standing writer for ComicBase. His work has appeared in Larry Elmore’s Women of the Woods, Stephanie Law's Such Is the Way of the Faeries, as well as the Teacher's Discovery's Of Mice and Men Navigational Novel Guide. That said, he's also a happily married English teacher who leads a fairly quiet life in a small town, publishes some freelance projects here and there, and generally enjoys his existence. For the inquiring, Thomas can be reached via e-mail at thomasmoudry@msn.com. Please use “ComicBase” as the subject line.

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