Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane #5
By Zak Edwards
December 11, 2008 - 16:50
Writer(s): Terry Moore
Penciller(s): Craig Rousseau
Colourist(s): Guillem Mari
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist(s): Terry Moore & Christina Strain
The solicitation for the last installment of Terry Moore and Craig Rousseau’s five issue arc on Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane reads “It’s over already!? But we were just getting started!” Afetr reading this issue, all I can say to that is “No kidding.” Terry Moore created many elements of these five issues which in no way could be all resolved within this arc, and so the final issue leaves readers wanting more. Probably a smart move from a marketing perspective, but one can only think of the words ‘indefinite hiatus’ and this series becomes a little more disappointing. But besides a foggy ending, Moore has crafted a very well done story only aided by Craig Rousseau’s expressive artistic style.
Craig Rousseau’s art still fits the series and Moore’s writing perfectly, animated and expressive without too much over the top actions. The colouring in this series has been equally well done, with the palette being bright and bold. The shading can really drive home mood a little too much sometimes. For example, Mary-Jane is sitting in a park feeling sorry for herself and she is surrounded by a shadow focusing solely on her, which is fairly difficult to swallow. But that is a fairly specific complaint which does not interfere with the quality of the art very much. Overall, the story and the art line up perfectly, not much more one can ask for.
7.5/10 Disappointing ending, but overall this arc has been very good.
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