Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artists: John Romtia Jr (p), Scott Hanna (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
In a snowbound airport, we see Peter & Mary Jane are reunited, but we see their attempts at repairing their relationship are hampered by a heated battle involving Captain America, Dr. Doom & a group of heavily armed assassins.
It's always nice when a writer just assumes that their story is so entertaining that the reader will be willing to overlook how utterly contrived the entire affair is. I mean I was willing to accept the idea of Peter & Mary Jane having a chance encounter in a snowed in airport, but this issue not only has Dr. Doom & Captain America also ending up in this airport, but we see a group of armored goons decide to make their assassination attempt on Dr. Doom. Now I will confess that it's great to see Captain America & Spider-Man fighting together, as their pairings are a rare, but always welcome treat. However, the sum total of Dr. Doom's involvement is to be knocked out by the initial attack, and then he gets a highly awkward scene when J. Michael Straczynski displays a rather poor understanding of Dr. Doom's immense ego, when he has him actually stopping to thank Spider-Man for helping him. However, the one good thing that does result from this issue is that the question of Mary Jane's return is resolved. As for the art, John Romita Jr. is in fine form during the action sequences, as they have a nice high energy feel, and the impact shots really sell the reader on how much power is behind those punches, kicks & of course thrown shields.
This book calls upon the reader to go along with its hard to ignore plot contrivances, and to a certain extent it did manage to win me over, as the action sequences are a lot of fun, and J. Michael Straczynski is able to offer up some fairly amusing moments, as Peter tries to mend fences with Mary Jane in the middle of this chaos. However, there's a few too many scenes where the book feels like it's taking the readers acceptance for granted, and there's also a couple groaners such as Dr. Doom's encounter with the metal detector, that left me wondering if J. Michael Straczynski is writing down to his audience. Still this issue does get Peter & Mary Jane back together, and for this alone it earns my utmost thanks. Some topnotch art from John Romita Jr. doesn't hurt matters either.
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