Post by Corey Blake on Mar 29, 2014 0:04:52 GMT -5
Hey Wayne and everyone else - have you ever read the Spider-Man story Kraven's Last Hunt? I just read it recently for the first time, and I liked it! I've heard it's one of the better Spider-Man stories, and I really liked the use of narration captions and internal monologue - it really captured the crazy, the panic, the tension of the characters and the situations they were in. And Mike Zeck art never hurt nobody.
Good stuff! Probably my favorite Spider-Man story I ever read.
I'm gonna be slightly late for work, but I don't care 'cause I need to comment on this thread.
Kraven's Last Hunt is EASILY one of my all-time favourites. I genuinely prefer my Spidey stories to be lighthearted, but if there's anyone who can do a dark, psychological Spidey well, it's JM DeMatteis. You have all the Clone Saga books, right, Corey? If you do, it's worth checking out both Lost Years and Redemption. They're very different in terms of subject matter from Kraven's Last Hunt, but there's that same psychological drama to them. Nowhere near as powerful as Kraven's Last Hunt, sure, but more JM DeMatteis-y goodness.
(Also, Grim Hunt, the story arc where Kraven is resurrected, is actually surprisingly good. But then again, it had Joe Kelly writing it, so there ya go.) (Which is perfect 'cause Kaine plays a part in Grim Hunt too.) (Basically, Grim Hunt is one giant DeMatteis tribute.)
I read the Lost Years mini-series a few years after it came out. I'm that old. And yes, I remember it being much better than it had any right to be. It really made Ben Reilly as his own character.
After reading the story, I thought it would be terrible to have any kind of sequel. But then I thought about it...
Isn't the shotgun Kraven uses to kill himself at the end the same one he used to shoot Spider-Man in the beginnings? If so, did Kraven just shoot himself in the mouth with whatever weird toxins and potions he shot Spider-Man up with to make him catatonic for two weeks? Of course, he could still die from that, but there is that wiggle room to bring him back.
Anyway, Grim Hunt... I'll have to look for that. Thanks for the recommendation!
EDIT: Oh and I hope you weren't too late for work.
The resurrection wasn't THAT elaborate. It's actually a fairly straightforward supernatural story, but it's told so well. It's actually almost a story of two rival families: the Kravinoffs and the spiders. Which, yeah, sounds bizarre, but again: Joe Kelly. That man REALLY pulls it all together brilliantly.
It helps if you read the whole Gauntlet storylines that led up to Grim Hunt. They're basically about the Kravinoffs building up their army and messing with Spidey, but they're not essential. Grim Hunt stands SOLIDLY on its own.
Basically, every time someone slags off the Brand New Day era of Spidey, I just point them to that whole arc and go, "Ta-daa!"