January 18, 2014 - The more I read
Quantum & Woody win again.
The more I like
And certainly, this comes from a self-professed worshiper of the title. I remembered getting to the end of issue seventeen, and feeling quite the need to jump back to the beginning and read through the whole thing again. But for some reason, much of what I had read in this arc didn't stick with me - I must have gotten to the point where I had the entire thing on a fast forward scan - because this thing has been brilliant.
The jokes are rapid-fire, and the contrast has been stark, too. Bith have stayed true to themselves - and although the War-Locke has gotten a little trite - and he became a much smaller part of the story, here, the dup fit beautifully.
The interim set of panels - the falling elevator, so to speak - told the desperation - and the willingness to let the action just speak for itself. The interstitial on the diving board - beauty parallel - and both Woody's interactions - still constantly obsessed with the girls - and the callousness - that slid directly into the conflict and escape.
Both men's departures at this point - and leaving the bands behind - really paved the way for the conclusion (and ultimate revival later) and great work through the past relationship. Great book.
The more nothing really happens.
The comic was little more than a quick punching bag. A zipped nod to the Lizard's origins - and then back to the battle between the two. Sure, Spider-Man knows that Dr. C is somewhere lost inside of the guy - but it's a flip past that - and then the dance of craziness outside of the windows and up and down rooftops. Most of this issue could have easily been condensed back into a page or two - and then bring Human Torch into the story - and we can move on. Dull.
On the positive side, the art is pretty good. Very near-modern feel, but nothing to swoon over. Pass.