Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 by Stan Lee is a lot of long form spiderman tales with the most beautiful artwork to date. This volume contains the small first run of The Spectacular Spiderman which only ran 2 issues. One of the book is black and white pencil drawings that are just beautiful with Peter Parker looking closer to what he looks like today. The big issue in this volume is the return of the Green Goblin, which has been building up for sometime, and leads to a big finish with the Green Goblin being the only enemy that knows Peter Parker’s true Identity. The other notable issues are the battle of the two Vultures, and an epic Mysterio which was my favorite two parter issues so far in the series. We get to find out what happened to Peter Parker’s parents, and how they died. Mary Jane gets a perm, and it is not pretty. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 collects issues of The Spectacular Spiderman (1968) 1-2; The Amazing Spider-Man 62-67 and Annual 5.

The Plots: Medusa from the Inhumans comes to Earth to learn about humanity and becomes a hair model, when she is bored with that the owner tricker her into fighting Spiderman for publicity. The to Vultures duke it out to prove who is the almighty Vulture. Spiderman after a fight with the winning vulture gets taken to prison infirmary to await trial then has to save Captain Stacy after a jail break. Spiderman battles a crooked politician and his giant. Mysterio threatens the city for a rematch with Spiderman. Norman Osborn remembers that he is the Green Goblin and Peter Parker is Spiderman at a party he throws for Harry. Peter Parker find out that his parents were spies and possible traitors to the USA, it is up to Spiderman to uncover the truth.

What I Liked: The art is so incredible for each issue of The Spectacular Spiderman I really like the pencil drawings, really incredible use of shading. Mysterio is my favorite of the Spiderman villains and these issues were so cool and really showed off what he can do. The Vulture storyline was really fun and I’m glad that the original Vulture was back. Th return of the Green Goblin was fun and the party scene where Norman test Peter Parker was heavily inspired the scene in the very first Spiderman with Toby Maguire.

What I Disliked: Mary Jane with a perm is a horrible idea. The first issue in The Spectacular Spiderman is pretty to look at, but man is that story a dud, it also drops storyline from the Amazing Spiderman, only to be right back when the volume switches back to The Amazing Spiderman. So that was a little confusing.

Recommendations: This volume was a mixed bag three strong stories and 2 okay stories and one dud. My favorite in terms of Art so far and my favorite two parter so far, that dud story line is bad and felt so long. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 by Stan Lee 4 out of 5 stars.

Wrap Up: July 2021 Book Reviews

Dear Readers, July was a crazy month, I moved into my first house, it is out in the country where only one internet provider reigns supreme, so it took me and my family a month to get internet.  All other services were decently fast so if you missed me and my reviews that’s what I was doing.  I read 6 books this month. I read 2 horror, 2 graphic novels, and 2 new releases thanks to netgalley . I started 1 new series and read 2 from a book series. I read one 5 star book, three 4 star books, and two 3 star book.

Five Star Reviews:

The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah is a tearjerker about two of America’s harshest times The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression.  Really blown away by this book. This Historical novel uses real events and puts here character’s through tragedy and triumph.  This novel can easily get compared to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, but teaks it giving it a new perspective what if Tom Joad  was a single mother with kids.  The perspective changes everything the character of Elsa want to breakdown but is strong for her and her kids.  This is a novel that you will want to thank your mother after for all that she has sacrificed for her children’s happiness.

Four Star Reviews:

Surviving the Night by Riley Sager is a twisty thriller that takes you on a ride with a serial killer.  The twist keep coming and coming, some I could foresee but others will change the way you read this novel, making you go, What! Just happened!?!.  Every character in this book has a major change of how the reader perceives them.  He ending is non-stop the last 150 pages are on the edge of your seat as the twists keep coming.  The climax is very satisfying, I saw the final twist coming for a while but the actions after that were very satisfying.  The flaw of this novel is the beginning was hard to get into, it takes a little time for this book to get into rhythm, but when it does it is really hard to put down.  A big thanks to Netgalley and Dutton publishing for giving me an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Surviving the Night.  Surviving the Night is published on 7-29-21.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian is a period piece in the mid 1600 America. It was you typical divorce stories husband beats on wife, she tries to divorce him and gets called a witch and has to defend against being a witch; so not typical at all.  This novel will have you scream at characters, that I’m sure are accurately portrayed but so one sided and biased.  The novel is set when the husband was king and they referred to the wife as the helpmate, it was not a partnership.  This novel can be seen a feminist, it’s a fight for equal rights and to have a woman with strong ideas is not a bad thing.  The trials are the best part of the book.  The story is at it’s core simple but the way the story is told is what makes it so interesting.

Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 by Stan Lee is getting Spiderman in the larger story arcs.  Spiderman has had minor stories arc like turning in his costume then having to use a spare, injuring his shoulder and being in a cast, or poor Aunt May being sick and weak for a couple issues. The villains have lasted only two issues until now. Spidey fights Doc Oct. and Kingpin for 3 – 4 issues.  The main villains are Kingpin, who was just introduced in Amazing Spider-Man issue 50 and is in 5 issues in this volume, Doc Oct, Mysterio, and Allister Smythe and his Spider Slayer.  Peter Parker’s love life takes a turn where he has to choose Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Watson.  This volume sees a death of a minor but important character, and introduces Gwen’s father Captain Stacey and Robbie Robertson who are all important to Peter Parker / Spiderman’s legacy.

Three Star Reviews:

Falling by T. J. Newman is an okay thriller on an airplane. The novel does feel authentic like you the reader are getting insider information on how the flight crew works. The author was a former flight attendant and Falling is her debut. This book has moments of thrills but it felt pretty formulaic too me. I would say this book is Airframe by Michael Crichton meets a decent James Patterson thriller. I think if you read this novel it should be on a plane, because that will amp the fear, and you couldn’t help wonder what goes on behind the door of the flight deck. You will come out respecting your fight attendants and the job they have to do. I think this book is getting over hyped, it is good but not great. Thanks to Netgalley and Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster for giving me access to Falling early. Falling by T. J. Newman is published on July 6 2021.

Fight Club 2 By Chuck Palahniuk Is a very meta tale told in graphic novel form. The first book was written as a novel, but the follow up was written as a graphic novel. This follows the film Fight Club over the actual novel. I prefer the film but this novel fall in too much fan service and too meta. Palahniuk brings everyone back, Angel Face, Robert Paulson, and even Chloe. Each character is brought back with a surprising twist. I liked some of the ideas brought on but others fall flat. The ending is way too out there and meta it is a bit of a cop out. The art and how the story uses the visual to tell that story is one of the best but the story just was just okay.

Book Review: Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club 2 By Chuck Palahniuk Is a very meta tale told in graphic novel form. The first book was written as a novel, but the follow up was written as a graphic novel. This follows the film Fight Club over the actual novel. I prefer the film but this novel fall in too much fan service and too meta. The original novel had a way different ending than the book, where the narrator’s bullet actually killed him, and people still call him Tyler Durdin in Heaven, the film the narrator survives as Tyler dies and watches the effects of project mayhem as bank building crash and burn and he sees Marla in a different light. Chuck Palahniuk as a character talks about how Tyler has gotten in to pop culture and there for lives, and we see that the narrator was in a coma but survives and Tyler with him. Palahniuk brings everyone back, Angel Face, Robert Paulson, and even Chloe. Each character is brought back with a surprising twist. I liked some of the ideas brought on but others fall flat. The ending is way too out there and meta it is a bit of a cop out. The art and how the story uses the visual to tell that story is one of the best but the story just was just okay. It does make me want to watch the Fight Club movie again. Fight Club 2 collects issues 1-10 of Fight Club 2 by Dark Horse Comics.

The Plot: The Narrator who now goes by Sebastian is a boring video game designer to a call of duty like game, he is married to Marla and has a son now. He takes a massive amount of pills to keep Tyler away. Marla is bored and tired and starts going to groups again, this time sickle cell anemia support group where she tells the story of how she met Sebastian and fell in love. She longs for the excitement that Tyler brought in life and in the bedroom. Marla gets a plan to replace Sebastian’s pills with sugar. She gets the one night of passion she craves but their house blows up the next day with their son inside. Marla reveals everything and needs him to remember, he goes to a shrink he’s been seeing weekly to look for answers, but the shrink is a follower of Tyler and has been hypnotizing him so Tyler can take over and lead. He got Sebastian’s son out before it blew up and is keeping it safe. Sebastian starts putting the clue together and destroy’s his face and goes to a fight club for answers. Marla uses the only thing she can her support groups and make a wish grants to help find her son. This is a wild adventure with Tyler pulling the strings.

What I Liked: Marla using the support groups and make a wish to go to all these crazy locales. I like Chloe coming back her character was the only return that I really enjoyed. The character of Marla, Sebastian, and Tyler’s were still so perfect. I liked when Sebastian was play fighting with his son he hits him in the ear, and we get the same reaction Tyler gave to the narrator. I like that fight club has grown to all various club’s I did get a kick out of Write Club the most. The art is so good I love how it nailed the closeups it made it feels very cinematic.

What I Disliked: Robert Paulson coming back, it was not necessary and was the jump the shark moment in the book for me. The book was too meta, I liked the subtle things about the film and Brad Pitt, I liked the first time when Chuck Palahniuk character was asked what happens next, but when it keeps coming back to the writer and he was involved in the entire finale it was too much and stayed over it’s welcome. I was kind of a screw you to people that have taken to the character of Tyler saying, the character is mine and mine alone.

Recommendations: This is a hard one there’s some good ideas, but the bad seem to outweigh the good I’m sad to say. The art is beautiful and will keep you entertained when the story does not. I can not recommend Fight Club 2, to the people that will read it anyway I hope you’re not disappointed like I was. I rated Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk 3 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks – The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 by Stan Lee is getting Spiderman in the larger story arcs. Spiderman has had minor stories arc like turning in his costume then having to use a spare, injuring his shoulder and being in a cast, or poor Aunt May being sick and weak for a couple issues. The villains have lasted only two issues until now. Spidey fights Doc Oct. and Kingpin for 3 – 4 issues. The main villains are Kingpin, who was just introduced in Amazing Spider-Man issue 50 and is in 5 issues in this volume, Doc Oct, Mysterio, and Allister Smythe and his Spider Slayer. Peter Parker’s love life takes a turn where he has to choose Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Watson. This volume sees a death of a minor but important character, and introduces Gwen’s father Captain Stacey and Robbie Robertson who are all important to Peter Parker / Spiderman’s legacy. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 collects The Amazing Spider-Man 51 -61 and Annual #4

Plots: Kingpin wants to take down all those articles about organized crime, and heads for J. Jonah Jamison to stop him for good. Jamison and Spidey team up to make a very unusual pair. Doc Ock has just been released from prison he wants to lay low to scheme on stealing a power device, he just happens to look for a room when Mary Jane opens one up. These issues hit close to home, as he cannot go after Doc Ock because he has charmed Aunt May. Spiderman has lost his memory and tricked into being a bad guy for sometime proving Jamison right. Kazar visits New York and tracks the menace that is Spiderman down.

What I Liked: The advanced storytelling and the bigger arcs that really up the stakes. Spiderman doesn’t win all the time, and has some great cliffhangers, that make you keep turning the pages. The spiderman classic quips are really clever and a joy to read. The Brainwasher itself was lame but I did like how it was attached to Oscorp and we got to see Norman Osborn as the victim, still struggling with life after not remembering he is the Green Goblin. Allister Smythe is becoming the ruthless creator of the Spider Slayer that I remember; it has taken him 4 appearances to nail the character. Gwen Stacey blinds Peter with science where he can talk about science with here and not Mary Jane. I liked some of the hard choices Peter and Spiderman have to make in this volume.

What I Disliked: The Brianwasher storyline took a long while to get good. The Spidey and the Human Torch Annual was 48 pages and took so long to get started. I have liked one annual storyline and it was the first one.

Recommendations: This Volume is great and big issue in terms of Spiderman story arcs and multiple issue storytelling. The Kingpin is mainly thought of a Daredevil villain but the first 5 issues the Kingpin makes a big splash with how ruthless and smart he is. I rated The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 by Stan Lee 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: The 7 Deadly Sins by Tze Chun

The 7 Deadly Sins by Tze Chun is a western graphic novel set in 1857, not to be confused with the anime with the same name. It is about a group of six convicts that have one sin from the seven deadly sins and their financier that release them from death row. The story mirrors the Magnificent seven and the Seven Samurai. This graphic novel is about redemption. It is multiracial cast with diverse backgrounds. The story was just okay, but some character motivations just did not make sense. I will say that I did love the colors used and every wide panel, but the close up or medium panels were sometimes confusing, having me flip back to tell just what action happened. The book is very bloody and gory. This book had the worst drawings of noses that were so bad they were almost distracting. I loved only two characters stories and background far more than any others one was the burned pregnant slave girl and the other was the priest assistant and financier of the mission to return his daughter to the murderous chief. The Seven Deadly Sins collects issues 1 – 6 for TKO comics.

The Plot: A chief is on a rampage killing families in 1857 Texas. The Texas Rangers want to stop him but he can avoid capture, but a reverend’s assistant hold the key in his daughter, that was stolen on a raid 9 years ago. He uses the reverend’s number one enemy when he releases him with 5 other death row inmates. He offers them money, fresh start, and some redemption in doing a good deed. They are hunted by the priest who wants the money that his assistant stole, which he was stealing from the church.

What I Liked: the color art was the best thing it was really beautiful and captured the desert landscape. The storyline involving the pregnant and burnt slave was the best, she should have been lead because she was by far the most interesting character with a heart breaking background. I like the reverends assistant storyline and the relationship with his daughter. The scene with the underground pond escape was really great. The scalping of the priest was brutal and creepy that he survived it.

What I Disliked: The character of the reverend and Daper’s motivations made no sense, and really hurt the story. It was a little hard to place the character to the seven deadly sins, I still have question marks over a few of them. The art of people and especially there noses, so distracting.

Recommendation: The 7 Deadly Sins was interesting in some parts, but not enough for me to recommend. The purchase price was cheap at 1.99 and was worth that price on kindle. I rated The 7 Deadly Sins 2 out of 5 stars. I might try one more TKO comic in Sara by Garth Ennis.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man – Volume 5 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man – Volume 5 by Stan Lee is full Spiderman’s classic villains, The reptile returns, Kurt conners has been turned back when he helped Spiderman defeat a new foe. Kraven the Hunter returns and the Vulture gets a new person to take his wings as the old vulture rots in prison. We finally get introduced to Mary Jane. Peter Parker moves in with Harry Osborn. Spiderman is introduced to classic villains the Rhino, The Kingpin, and the Shocker. This comic features others in the Marvel Universe: Daredevil, The Wasp, Ant-man, Thor, Iron man, Hawkeye, And the Hulk. This volume contains issue 50 called Spiderman No More which heavily influenced Spiderman 2 with Tobey Maguire and Alfred Molina, who are both rumored to join the MCU (or Spidey-verse) in Spiderman: No Way Home. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man – Volume 5 collects issues 41-50 and annual #3 from The Amazing Spider-man Marvel comic book.

The Plots: The Rhino hits the scene and is looking for J. Jonah Jamison’s son, astronaut John Jamison who has been exposed to spores that grant him his own powers. Flash Thompson has been drafter to the Vietnam War. The Lizard returns as doctor curt Conner makes a serum to stop the Rhino he becomes exposed and changes into the Lizard once again. The new Vulture who tricked the old Vulture to give away the location of his wings. The Vulture beats Spiderman or so it seems which brings back Kraven the Hunter to destroy the new Vulture who beat Spiderman and Spiderman himself. Peter Parker wants to me Spiderman no more as he is failing in being a friend, failing in school, and it gets to him being called a menace day by day from J. Jonah Jamison who started broadcasting his own news, with Spiderman being gone a new criminal rises who calls himself the Kingpin.

What I Liked: The villains introduced are the real deal, of Spiderman villains that are still around, Rhino, Shocker, and Kingpin. Flash Thompson dates the comics but it was interesting that this bit of everyday life was brought up. The Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy fight for Peter Parkers love. replaced the Betty Brandt and Liz Allen feud from the first 25 issues. Spiderman No More comic is interesting and looks at the frustration of living a double life, and seeing exact panel recreated in Spiderman 2 is pretty cool. Fredrick Foswell almost finding out Peter Parker is Spiderman, and Foswell’s return to crime. The Vulture and Kraven fights was one of the best fight sequences so far. I liked that Spiderman was injured fighting the Lizard and kept his injuries over 3 issues. Stan Lee’s writing and jokes when setting a scene, he calls out lazy writing in the editorial by using the phase “meanwhile” then keeps using it.

What I Disliked: The rhino introduction was good on power and unstoppability but not that great on actual substance, The annual with the Avengers was just okay.

Recommendation: This volume is a classic that can not be missed for Spiderman fan, too many iconic villains get introduced, along with Mary Jane. Big things happen with Peter Parker moving away from Aunt May and in with Harry Osborn. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man – volume 5 by Stan Lee 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 by Stan Lee, is the best yet since the original volume. Spiderman grows a lot in this comic, PeterParker is no longer a high schooler but a college Freshmen. In this volume Peter meets his future best friend Harry Osborn, and his controlling dad Norman Osborn. Peter meets a woman that could rival Mary Jane in blonde vixen, Gwen Stacy. Peter and the readers almost see Mary Jane but she remains blocked. Peter and Betty Brandt finally call it quits when they have a blow out, that ends in Betty leaving Peter and the Daily Bugle. Peter is unmasked by his biggest rival the Green Goblin, which unmask himself when he has him captured. Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, The Green Goblin and Molten Man, who is actually becoming one of my favorite of the B list bad guys, all come back in these issues to terrorize Spiderman. The only new villain is a robot creator, who is kind of lame. Kurt Conners returns not as the Lizard but as a reformed scientist that owes Spiderman a favor for discovering the antidote that cured him. The stories are mostly connected taking 3 and 2 issues to complete the arc. This was good fun, web slinging action, with a lot of heart and some heartbreak.

The Plots: Aunt May is sick and in the hospital on Peter’s first day of college. He’s not really there and most believe his stuck up because he won the science grant and is ignoring everyone. Aunt May is sick with a radioactive isotope is May’s blood. Peter blames himself as he donated blood to save her life a little while ago, now his radioactive blood is killing her. He searches for KurtConners who owes him a favor, he agrees to help Spiderman, and orders a rare chemical that is needed, but another bad guy needs it for a power source. The bad guy steals the chemical, they fight, Spiderman is pinned with the chemical just out of hands reach, as the ocean water seeps in (the picture on the cover is that moment). he must take everything he has to save himself and Aunt May. Kaven is determined to beat Spiderman once and for all. The Green Goblin comes up with a plan to take away Spiderman’s Spider Sense so he can watch him unaware, which he does and knows his secret identity.

What I Liked: I loved when Peter Parker is captured by the Green Goblin, he tries to use his web slingers that aren’t there because he is Peter Parker. I liked the Peter Betty drama and how hard it is to me Spiderman. The pulling the machine off his body and gathering the internal strength to keep going after his muscles are almost gone from the fatigue, and just using will power. I liked seeing Curt Conners back on the side of good. I liked the Green Goblin reveal and the backstory behind it. Molten Man really surprised Spiderman, and his story was fun. J Jonah Jamison dealing with all the secretaries that quit because of his bad behaviors that Betty could put up with. The long stories were good and add the anticipation, that made them flow over a couple of issues.

What I Disliked: There’s only two new villains the Meteor and a jailed robot maker, both were really lame.

Recommendation: This was my favorite volume since the first. I totally recommend you read this awesome volume, that steps up the long form storytelling, ratchets up the emotions, and maintains the excitement. This volume is not as funny as the last couple but makes up is serious more mature storytelling. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 by Stan Lee 5 out of 5 stars.

Wrap Up: March 2021

Dear Readers, March was a busy month, overtime at work was back and I’ve actively started looking for a house.  I read only 6 books this month. I read 2 horror, 1 graphic novel, and 2 new releases thanks to netgalley . I started 0 new series and read 2 from a book series. I read one 5 star book, three 4 star books, and two 3 star books. I read 6 out of 8 books off my TBR.

Five Star Reviews:

Concrete Rose Angie Thomas https://app.asana.com/0/1135954362417873/1168658175790681/f

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas is a prequel to The Hate U Give. This story follows a lot of storylines that were backstory in The Hate U Give and the Carter family, like how Star got her middle name, and the tricky parenting of Seven. I feel you did not have to read The Hate U Give to enjoy this but you will enjoy The Hate U Give even more. Where the hate you give was more about race relations and the Black Lives Movement, this novel is more about responsibility and self ownership. I think this is an important story about teen pregnancy, stepping up and being a man, the gang culture, and LGBTQ acceptance. This book is at times corny, hard hitting, raw, and emotional, it will leave you with hope an a morale story that working hard does pay off. 

Four Star Reviews:

The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers is a story full of witchcraft and mystery. It is a mix of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus meets Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray. The story draws you in with a compelling mystery then adds the magic and the Secret Circus. The family history sometimes got messy and complex, but the ending was clear and concise, clearing up some of the plot point I had problems with. I received an advanced readers copy of The Ladies of the Secret Circus thanks to Netgalley and Redhook Books. The Ladies of The Secret Circus by Constance Sayers is published on 3-23-21.

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Monster Blood II by R. L. Stine is Goosebumbs book number 18. Monster blood is back with Evan and Andy who found the original Monster Blood in a vintage toy shop. After reading 18 Goosebumps books Monster Blood the original ranks second to last in my ranking from best to worst, I was hoping this one would be better and it was. This book is all charm with mischief and humor. This book is rarely that scary, the nightmares provide some horror and Stine has fun with them. 

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-man volume 3 by Stan Lee This continues Spiderman 2nd year to his third. He comes closer to finding out the secret identity of the Green Goblin. Peter Parker gets closer to finally going on a date with Mary Jane Watson, she is only seen by others as Peter Parker pursues Betty Brandt . We get to see the birth of Scorpion, Molten Man and the first Spider Slayer. J Jonah Jamison takes his hate for Spiderman to new levels and he creates two bad guys the Scorpion and the Spider Slayer. Peter Parker graduates High School and finally stands up to Flash Thompson.

Three Star Reviews:

In The Quick by Kate Hope Day is about the life of female astronaut from 12 to adulthood. There’s a missing crew which seems important and is the driving force until the end when it is about life choice more so. The character work on June is really interesting I actually liked the scenes with her at the astronaut school then her actually being an astronaut in space. The first 50% is all about astronaut school and the other 50% has her in space and going to missions. I loved 75% of this book but man is the last 25% bad.I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House for the ARC. In The Quick by Kate Hope Day is published on March 2nd 2021.


Inspection by Josh Malerman is an interesting look at genius and distractions of the opposite sex. This is my third Josh Malerman book and man are his stories out there. which I like. This story is best if you know as little as possible going in. I actually think this story is ruined by it’s own book cover synopsis, since t cover 75% of the story, I was waiting for a twist and a greater meaning then the one we got. The climax is big and went a lot further then I thought the story was going. We get two perspectives J a boy and K a girl. We get J first who is the least interesting of the two then the characters meet and we follow K until the meeting.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-man volume 3 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-man volume 3 by Stan Lee This continues Spiderman 2nd year to his third. He comes closer to finding out the secret identity of the Green Goblin. Peter Parker gets closer to finally going on a date with Mary Jane Watson, she is only seen by others as Peter Parker pursues Betty Brandt . We get to see the birth of Scorpion, Molten Man and the first Spider Slayer. J Jonah Jamison takes his hate for Spiderman to new levels and he creates two bad guys the Scorpion and the Spider Slayer. Peter Parker graduates High School and finally stands up to Flash Thompson.

The Plots: J. Jonah Jamison determined to find Spiderman’s secrets hires a shady private eye to follow Peter Parker around since he always photographs Spiderman. Jamison meets with a scientist experimenting on adding animalistic traits to humans, and Jamison’s Private Eye is the subject. He turns into scorpion, filled with rage and a lot of sting, goes after Spiderman and Jamison, who he knows has more money. Fredrick Foswell who was fired from the paper as he was revealed to be the big Man, hits up the crime beat and covers the team up of The Green Goblin and the Crime Master. Peter Parker believes he’s one of the two. Jamison inadvertently saves Spiderman of the clutches of a former enemy in disguise. Jamison controls the Spider Slayer that keeps going after Peter Parker for some reason. Spiderman’s costume is found by aunt may, making Spiderman buy one in a shop.

What I Liked: The spider suit fiasco was pretty good and spread across 4 issues. It is not everyday you get to see Spiderman thwarted by aunt May. I liked that the guest stars weren’t over the top, just Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange, they actually serve a purpose, and add to the story. Peter Parker’s love life goes through the ringer with Betty Brandt, Liz Allen, and them both meeting Mary Jane Watson and assuming she’s Peter’s girl on the side. We meet Ned Leeds, who his rival for Betty Brandt’s affections, and eventually become the villain the Hobgoblin. In Marvel’s Spiderman Homecoming and Spiderman Far from Home Ned Leeds plays his best friend. I have always thought of Molten man being kind of a lame secondary character, but his origin was one of the strongest yet for Spiderman’s villains.

What I Disliked: The Cat Burglar storyline was a dud. The Spiderman and Doctor Strange team up was just okay, it could have been better.

Recommendations: This Spiderman didn’t have all the flashy villains, but the storytelling vastly improved. The stories are more continuous and make you want to read on more. I love J. Jonah Jamison and we get a lot more of him in this graphic novel. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume Three 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill

Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill is a great person at the wrong place and wrong time revenge thriller, with an added supernatural element. This graphic novel is bloody, gory, funny , and thrilling. The mystery of why the victims are chosen is captivating, as our hero finds out every one who is involved in this murder plot or is it all about the money. The element that makes it interesting is the murder weapon, an axe, holds a power that no matter what is severed the person can live and speak, there’s a lot of decapitations where people keep talking at first it is horrific, but then it turns humorous. Hill who is known for horror delivers a slasher like no other, I would love to see this adapted into a movie or series, there’s lots to expand on. Basketful of Heads graphic novel collects Basketful of Heads issues 1-7 from Hill House Comics and off shoot of DC comics Black Label.

The Plot: June is visiting her boyfriend Liam, who got a summer job as a deputy in a small vacation island, called Brody Island. It’s Liam’s last day on the job, He meets June on the bridge after he finished his last shift. Liam and June are all set to leave the island as a prison break happens and four inmates escape, Liam is eager to help out. The sheriff says he’s got it and tells him to go up to the house to have a meal with the family, and he will join them soon. Liam and June end up eating with the wife and their collage aged son, and take a tour of the house with the sheriffs medieval weapons collection , the winds start picking up, with an incoming tropical storm, the wife gets a phone call and must help out a neighbor, her son takes her, and Liam and June stay at the house. The escapee’s come to the house Liam hides June and goes to take care of the situation. June hears Liam scream but stays hidden she moves later and is confronted, June takes the only weapon she can find a Viking Axe. She defends herself as the guy attacking loses his head, but instead of dying the head keeps talking. She needs to find her boyfriend, she has a talking severed head and an axe with supernatural powers to do it.

What I Liked: The losing head puns do not get old. I loved the mix of horror with comedy. The art took a little getting used to, I did like the art in day light but loved the art at nighttime, where much of the story takes place. I liked the mystery of why Liam was taken and who is involved. June is a pretty cool character, the perfect final girl. The writing is good the story telling goes full circle, and it is a beautiful thing. I like the myth that is behind the Axe. The two end scenes were amazing, and worked for the story.

What I Disliked: The ending was too rushed, the fight was over too quick and I wanted more explanation and motive.

Recommendations: If your fan of Joe Hill this will only make you love him more. I have read all his novels and short story collections, and almost all of his graphic novels. I’m a super fan and man is this graphic novel great. If you like horror you will like this, if you like thrillers you will like this, and if you like black comedy you will like this. I rated Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill 5 out of 5 stars.