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Book Information:Cover Date: Mar 1964
- Aunt May
- Betty Brant
- Fancy Dan
- Flash Thomson
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Liz Allan
- The Abbotts
- The Big Man
- The Enforcers!
- Forest Hills Hospital
For today’s comic book review I read Amazing Spider-Man #10 and the story titled “The Enforcers“. In this story, we have a new menace named The Big Man, and his team of skillful enforcers taking over the cities organised crime. Then if that’s not bad enough we have the backdrop of Aunt May post surgery and needing blood from peter to make a recovery.Then it gets even better, as we see that Betty Brant is in some way tangled with the enforcers, and J.J. is Spider-Man’s number one suspect.
Story – A true mystery.
This comic book story was written as close to a mystery as we have seen so far, with spider-man working hard to solve the great mystery “who is The Big Man?” a puzzle that would not be revealed to the very end.
Then with the action packed story as the foreground we still have the backdrop of Peter Parker’s life, giving the story all the depth one could hope for.
In this issue, Steve Ditko’s human figures seemed a little off, even for him. Normally I feel this makes it come across as a little cartoon like, but this time, I feel it did a injustice tot he issue. I am sure some find the style ideal; but for me it’s just not what I am looking for.
Originality and Continuity
We have had several comics now where someone takes over organised crime, including the Vanisher from X-Men #2, Thus at this point, it is hardly an original idea, and they all feel somewhat the same.
In this case, we have an unknown brain, with his selected and somewhat different brawn henchmen; also something that is becoming a bit of a cliché. But what this story lacks in the main plot, it makes up for in Continuity and the story of Peter Parker. We have the continued growing dynamic between Peter Parker and Betty Brant, ending at a climatic point that we know deep inside will be resolved soon. We also have a direct continuation of Aunt May and her surgery, leaving Peter with the inner conflict of how to give blood, and what the risks are.
Characters & Development
From flash offering peter advice and even showing he has a heart, to Betty Running to save Peter, this story is chopped full of little delicious pieces of character development. Nothing to big, but plenty of small easily backed out of changes.