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Peter Parker: Spider-Man #11: Review

Nov 1999
Howard Mackie, John Romita Jr.

Story Name:

An Exemplary Day [The Eighth Day Part 3 of 4]

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Peter Parker: Spider-Man #11 Review by (February 25, 2020)
Comments: First appearance/origin of Stonecutter. For some reason, Conquest of the Exemplars isn’t named in the issue though she is seen throughout and appears most prominently on the cover. Dr. J. Vernon “Java” Mann is called just Dr. J. Vernon in this issue.

Review: A bit too much time taken up with the ongoing Spidey characters but otherwise a fine and epic entry in the “Eighth Day” crossover. Romita Jr before his art started to look weird and it has a satisfying solidity to it. I’m only writing this up to fit in with the Thor and Iron Man series so any Spider-Fan out there is welcome to add his/her comments to mine.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Peter Parker: Spider-Man #11 Synopsis by T Vernon
Continued from IRON MAN (1998) #22.

In the jungles of Thailand, vandal Tom Somchart is fleeing police and enters a hidden temple to be transformed into…[and they don’t tell us yet….]

Meanwhile, Spider-Man carries his wife Mary Jane Watson to a roof to settle a dispute. She is angry because Peter promised to give up web-slinging and he is angry because MJ did not tell him she is being threatened by a stalker. They head to Jill Stacy’s home in Queens to make sure she is safe after her meeting with the stalker. Spidey goes out looking for her father Arthur who is out looking for her, which Peter finds crazy since it’s his wife who is in danger….

Peter stops by the Daily Bugle offices which is in the midst of a power failure. J. Jonah Jameson is yelling and Robbie Robertson is trying to keep everything running smoothly. A weird noise triggers Pete’s Spider-Sense and he goes down to the basement to investigate. Opening a mysterious door, Spidey discovers a secret underground lair of high-tech machinery. He confronts the only person he sees and it is the final Exemplar Stonecutter (we met him on page 1) building the Godmachine. He is nabbed by the rest of the Exemplars, led by Juggernaut but manages to escape and heads out to call in the Avengers….

After running into trouble with the security system at Avengers Mansion, Jarvis admits him and Spidey explains the situation to Thor and Iron Man who tell him to stay behind while they go into action. Dr. J. Vernon Mann thinks he would also be helpful and departs. Alone, Spidey ponders the threat and decides to call in a “wild card.” Soon, Spidey and the astral form of Professor Charles Xavier (and Juggernaut’s stepbrother) are on their way to the Godmachine. On arrival they find Iron Man, Thor, and Dr Mann having a bad time of it. Mann tells them the priority should be stopping Stonecutter from placing the last component of the Godmachine into the structure. Spider-Man distracts the baddies allowing Thor and Iron Man to recover somewhat and Professor X to do mental battle with Juggernaut. Spidey then webs up a tunnel to prevent pursuit and seizes the component but it is too strong to break. So he tosses it to Decay  and touching the Exemplars hands, the component explodes. But Professor X’s physical self is pulled to the site and he is captured along with Spidey, Thor, and Iron Man. The Exemplars head for the North Pole to use the Earth’s ley lines to compensate for the ruined component. So it’s not over yet….

Continued in JUGGERNAUT (1999) #1.


2nd story:- Fast Lane Part 1 of 4: Media Blitz

Writer: Glenn Herdling. Pencils: Gregg Schigiel. Inks: Richard Case. Colors: Paul Mounts.

Synopsis: An anti-drug public service announcement featuring Spider-Man appearing in several Marvel comics this month.



John Romita Jr.
Scott Hanna
Gregory Wright
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Scott Hanna (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Ralph Macchio. Editor-in-chief: Bob Harras.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)
Jarvis
Jarvis

(Edwin Jarvis)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Bedlam, Carnivore, Conquest, Decay, Inferno (Samantha McGee), Java Mann (J. Vernon Mann), Jill Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, Robbie Robertson (Joe Robertson), Stonecutter, Tempest.

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