Spider-man: Master Plan or Throwback?

Spider-man: Master PlanSpider-man Master Plan #1
Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art by: Nate Stockman
Publisher: Marvel

Also includes:
Amazing Spider-man #2: Duel to the Death With Vulture
Written by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Art by: Steve Ditko

“CRIME DOES PAY! Everything’s going perfectly for PETER PARKER…he’s got some time off and landed tickets to the hottest Broadway show in town…which means there’s another shoe ready to drop somewhere…Join everyone’s favorite web-slinger Spider-man in an all-new story against his classic foe THE CRIME MASTER!”

Let’s make this clear up front: this book is a movie tie-in without actually saying it.  Spider-man looks a lot like Tom Holland.  In addition, the “free” book is a Vulture throwback from way back in the day.  As such – it’s not the sneakiest of advertising methods, but Marvel hasn’t necessarily been subtle of late.

As far as the Master Plan story – there’s not a ton to it.  It’s a generic Spider-man story with the tried and true formula intact.  Peter has to be somewhere and he’s interrupted. He does a good deed. Hence someone gives him crap for doing it.  Rinse and repeat. As a result you get bored quite quickly with the concept. As well the art is well done and shows off Spidey rather well.

Amazing Spider-Man #2The addition of the Vulture store from Amazing Spider-man #2 is actually quite welcome. It’s really quite dated so take in the nostalgia of it all.  Furthermore you should take in #2 as it’s likely the only copy you or I will ever own.

In conclusion, pick up this book if you need a bout of good old Spidey history. Past that, just enjoy what tried and true formula and check your brain at the door.

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