A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 20
Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we continue our special Tear-Jerker Week of cool comic book moments!
Today’s “tear jerker” moment comes from a neat issue of Paul Jenkins’ Peter Parker: Spider-Man run.
This issue of Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) by Paul Jenkins and Mark Buckingham, is a bit of a twist on the classic “The Boy Who Collected Spider-Man” story.
In this issue, we meet LaFronce Bennett, a young child living with a terrible, terrible mother in a less-than-ideal situation. His only outlet to keep himself sane is by talking with an imaginary friend – in this instance, Spider-Man.
Spidey keeps LaFronce’s spirits up even as his mother drinks herself stupid each day and gets herself (and through her, LaFronce) involved with some pretty bad people.
Meanwhile, LaFronce’s aunt and her boyfriend are trying to get custody of LaFronce, but the system is none too cooperative.
At the end of the issue, LaFronce is finally going to live with his aunt, so he likely will not be able to see Spider-Man anymore – the two have a tearful goodbye, but Spider-Man says that since LaFronce is a big guy now (he can count all the way to 20!), they can’t hug – they have to shake hands goodbye, like men do.
So that leads us to the last page of the issue, in a brilliant piece of work by Jenkins (and some great artwork by Buckingham) (click to enlarge).