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Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil the Man Do #2

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"A Ruse by Any Other Name"

Writer: Kevin Smith
Artists: Terry Dodson(p), Rachel Dodson(i), Lee Louridge(c)
Publisher: Marvel

Notice to Patrick Gleason. Just because a woman has large breasts does not mean that she needs be ill-proportioned. The Dodsons keep Felecia scaled accurately save for one or two panels in which her twin chest-muzzles dwarf her head. Thus thoughts of unhealthy silicone implants rarely dance in one's head.

Felecia looks good. Her breast-size is emphasized by the position of her costume's zipper not their pulchritude. Her arms are powerful with muscle. Her waist and back thick and supportive. Her legs should be insured by Lloyd's of London, and all of these other attributes go a long way in making her breasts appear natural as if they were always that size.

There is more to the Dodsons' work than cachongas. The action of the Cat and Spidey is lightning quick, and the aerial ballet they share characterizes a fluid partnership. These characters always had a sense of fun.

Although clearly enjoying the battle, Spidey and the Cat never lose sight of why they fight. Here again is a good contrast to the nauseating JSA. The story could have been as farcical, but murder brings these two heroes together. Saving lives keep them that way.

Kevin Smith writes superb fun dialogue for most of their encounters. Only the rooftop argument too obviously reveals the writer's hand with commentary rather than speech sounding natural. "Evil That Men Do" could so easily have been as meaningless as "Power Crush," but there's a strong respect for the characters that doesn't impede the progress of the jokes. Indeed, the personalities of the heroes enhance the humor.

Given Felecia's choice in either gender partner, her joke about "girl-on-girl action" works on a number of levels. First, it's a purely laugh-out-loud worthy line. Second, it indicates that Felecia is quite comfortable with her bisexuality and hasn't a problem making a joke about her lifestyle choices. Mr. Smith for Spidey gives him the experience of a seasoned super-hero, and he takes the unusual tactic of making him recognized as a hero.



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