Spider-Man / Human Torch 4 (June 2005)

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It’s a cute issue. It’s set during the black costume period, when Spidey was with the Black Cat. I sort of remember reading these comics as a kid and, from just the Secret Wars II crossovers I more recently read, they aren’t cute. It’s a strange approach for Slott to make–it’s an all humor issue.

Some of the problem might be with the Black Cat. She didn’t end up with Spidey so watching this lost episode of theirs decidedly lacks drama.

The issue has some coloring problems, but it’s emulating a more slicker period, so it’s not as bad as when it’s bad. The inks… the inks are strange. There’s this whole sequence when Black Cat is in an evening gown and she looks about fifteen. It gets even stranger since there’s a scene with her in her undies.

The opening scene suggests Slott needs to do a She-Hulk team-up with

CREDITS

Cat’s Paws; writer, Dan Slott; penciller, Ty Templeton; inkers, Tom Palmer and Drew Geraci; colorist, John Rauch; letterer, Dave Lanphear; editor, Tom Brevoort; publisher, Marvel Comics.