In celebration of Spider-Man’s 50th Anniversary, Marvel has been putting out some one and two-shot stories in special issues of old Spider-Man series. All of the stories are new, but feature a subject from Spidey’s past. First up was issue #156.1 of Peter Parker Spider-Man, which focuses not on a person, but a memorable place from Spidey’s past.
Written by Roger Stern with art by Roberto De La Torre and Matt Hollingsworth, this one-shot starts with Peter being summoned by his Frontline pal Norah Winters to help investigate a real estate scam. As it turns out, there’s more than just shady real estate deals going on, and the criminal operation Spidey uncovers is being run out of the same warehouse that Peter cornered Uncle Ben’s killer in many years ago.
While there’s plenty of action, the story is a somber one that serves to remind Peter of why he dons the costume, and his promise to the memory of Uncle Ben. De La Torre and Hollingsworth do a nice job with the art, and Hollingsworth’s colors in particular really help drive home the tone of Stern’s story.
I grabbed these special issues primarily because I’m a Spidey loyalist, but they’ve all been really good so far. Peter Parker Spider-Man #156.1 is a good one-off that serves up a little old and a little new.