Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane #3
By Zak Edwards
October 16, 2008 - 20:04
Writer(s): Terry Moore
Penciller(s): Craig Rousseau
Colourist(s): Guillem Mari
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist(s): Terry Moore & Christina Strain
$2.99 US, $3.05 Canada
I’m now scared Terry Moore’s run on Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane, when asked as to what happened, the answer will be, “Nothing happened.” The series is now officially over the half-way mark and there seems to be no real discernible plot. Not to say the series is still not enjoyable, Moore is thriving in the smaller, character-based series Marvel Comics has handed him. But this series, being a mere five issues long, seems to be headed towards a stopping rather than an ending.
Artist Craig Rousseau may be jarring for those used to the manga style of drawing usually associated with this series, but his pencils work perfectly. His art is expressive and a clear communicator with a focus on articulating the story over a showcase of overly sexualized characters that can ruin other series involving teenagers. I still need to be reminded Mary-Jane’s best friend, Liz Allen, dyed her hair from blonde. Flash Gordon, Midtown High’s resident hulking jock, also does look almost stereotypically apelike. Spider-Man’s very brief action sequence shows off Rousseau’s ability to handle both fights and conversations surrounding a lunch table. While some artists obviously excel at one, Rousseau handles both well.
7/10 Funny and enjoyable with an articulate artistic choice. Worrisome pacing issues.
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