"Gotham's" Cory Michael Smith Savors the Arrival of the Riddler
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
We begin the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with an awesome Spider-Man: Tangled Web Christmas issue by the amazing, spectacular and sensational Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone!
A few months back, I spotlighted Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone’s OTHER issue of Tangled Web (which was set on Valentine’s Day – I, of course, spotlighted it in September. Topical, I know).
This slice-of-Spider-man-life takes place on Christmas Eve.
It opens up with a great intro page…
Then sets up a madcap sensation when Crystal, the Wasp and Sue Storm all go Christmas shopping while trying to find Crystal’s missing cousin, Medusa….
when a mind-controlled Medusa (as well as a mind-controlled mall Spider-Man, played by Flash Thompson, of course) go nuts…
Meanwhile, the orphans mentioned in the intro page were causing havoc at the Daily Bugle when J. Jonah Jameson decides to take them with him to Macy’s to show them that their hero, Spider-Man, really IS a crook (as reports are coming in of the brainwashed Flash Thompson/Spider-Man robbing the store – those same reports are sending the Fantastic Four to the store, as well)…
Eventually, Peter (who was there on an errand from Jameson) ends up in the fray…
Looks awesome, right? J. Bone’s pencils and Cooke’s inks work beautifully together. And Cooke’s story is a delightful holiday romp!
What a great comic to start this year’s countdown with!!
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