Thursday, 4 September 2014

Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face Review (David Hine, Carmine Di Giandomenico)

8 months following the events in Spider-Man Noir, the power vacuum left by Norman Osborn's disappearance has led to a new crime presence on the streets, with the imaginatively-named Crime Master taking charge of New York City's criminal underworld. Elsewhere, Peter's reporter friend Robbie Robertson has suspicions over the experiments of one Dr Otto Octavius as the dark shadow cast by the Nazis grows larger upon the world...

This is pretty noir stuff even for a series called noir! Doc Ock is re-cast as a crippled scientist who experiments on black people in a real-life role Dr Mengele would go on to play in WW2, while Crime Master does some heinous things with a knife to some women.

Mary-Jane is introduced to the story but Peter doesn't notice her yet and she doesn't play a big part in the story. Also Spider-Man still uses a gun which I find strangely fun. The noir approach is an interesting way of rewriting well-defined superheroes and villains.

Carmine di Giandomenico's artwork is as fantastic as before, and David Hine's script is brilliant. He's doing a fine job with the Spider-Man Noir series and, the way this book ends, I hope there's more on the way (this book has a great subtitle too, by the by). 

Eyes Without a Face is dark stuff for Spidey, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it and recommend it for fans of the webslinger looking to see him shoot off in a different direction.

Spider-Man Noir: Eyes without a Face

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