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Happy Halloween from Spider-Man

by Matthew Price Published: October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!  To celebrate the holiday, here’s a review of the 2006 Halloween issue “Monster Mash” that I wrote back in 2011:

Two creators I consider personal favorites — writer Peter David and artist Mike Norton — teamed up for the 2006 Halloween tale “Monster Mash” in Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #20.

It’s the night of the Halloween dance, and Peter Parker’s planning on skipping it.  Instead, he heads out on patrol, where Hawkeye is stopping a robbery in progress.   But there, they accidentally open a shipping container that inside holds what appears to be Frankenstein’s monster.

Hawkeye and Spidey attempt to capture the monster before too much mayhem ensues — and Peter might end up at that dance, after all.

This is a fresh, fun story that is great for anyone with even a passing familiarity with Spider-Man.  It hits on the themes that make the character great, teams him up with the brash Avenger Hawkeye, making for witty dialogue and exciting action, and the entire proceedings have a sense of fun.  Add the Halloween theme, and “Marvel Adventures Spider-Man” #20 is well worth an All Hallows Eve read.

by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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