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Even Spider-Man needs a change of clothing

May 30, 2006|by BRAD SMITH

No one wants to wear clothes that seem dated. Not even Spider-Man.

As some of you may or may not know, earlier this year, Spider-Man started sporting a very cool, new costume. In "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 30, writer J. Michael Straczynski goes into more detail about its abilities. The new duds are fire retardant, bulletproof to small calibur bullets, have mechanical spider legs coming out the back, and have a unique cloaking device that not only make Spider-Man hard to see but can also look like some of his older costumes.

But enough about the costume. Let's talk about the story. "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 30 was part two of a three-part series in which Peter Parker and fellow avenger Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, go to Washington, D.C., to convince Congress not to pass a bill forcing heroes to register with the government or be prosecuted.

Obviously heroes don't want to register and give all their personal information, because not only would it invade their privacy as citizens, but if the information got out, their enemies would know everything about them. Not to mention how liable they would be for all the damage they cause.

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I really liked the artwork in this issue, as opposed to the previous no-outline, watery, painting look in issues before it.

I was dissapointed that the costume only appeared for like nine panels. It was a very story-heavy comic. Although there is a neat little thing at the beginning, going from panel to panel, where the speech bubbles are made to look like the editors are fighting. I thought that was pretty neat.

Overall I give this comic a 7 because you need it to carry on the story and there are some tiny things to save it along the way, but if you haven't been following the story, you'd better get the next issues.

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