Todd DeZago creates a fun, touching Christmas tale in “Marvel Adventures Spider-Man” No. 46, an issue of the all-ages series first released in 2008.
In “Silent Nights,” drawn by Roberto Castro (behind a cool cover by Francis Tsai) Spidey is battling the cold, and trying to come up with a great present for Aunt May. Last year, she broke a ceramic decoration she had shared with her late husband, Peter’s Uncle Ben. Peter would like to replace it, but it runs $100, and he’s significantly short.
He tries to scare up a photo assignment from Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson, but Jameson’s got nothing for him. Then Spider-Man hears there’s a burglar going around dressed as Santa Claus, and figures nabbing him might be good for some Bugle photos. The mishaps and adventures that follow make for an exciting tale with a heartwarming twist. DeZago does a good job capturing the feeling of the young Peter Parker here in a recommended holiday tale.
- Matt Price
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