However, unlike with New Ways To Die and Crime & Punisher, Marc Guggenheim's writing, of which I've never read anything of that has impressed me, and the rest of the material in the collection made me wary about purchasing it. Luckily, my library got a copy of this trade, so I picked it up to see if it was something worth buying. Hit the jump for my full review.
Early in the story, a wounded Spider-Man is taken down by Menace and then arrested by the cops as the obvious suspect for the Spider-Tracer killings. Along the way, several supporting characters are caught up in the Spider-Tracer Killer plot while Spider-Man is dealing with his incarceration. By the end of the story, Spider-Man is cleared and the identities of the Spider-Trace Killer and Menace are both revealed.
What really sold it to me was the interlude issue, #856, which explained Lilly's backstory and motivations. While my low expectations did play a role in my enjoyment of the story, Guggenheim still did a good job with it and made it work. Harry also played a substantial role in the story and, while I'm not convinced that he should have been brought back, Guggenheim did show that there could be potential with the character other than being used to replicate an "ideal" status quo for Spider-Man.
Another, slightly bigger, problem is the politics of the mayoral race, which mostly revolves around the possible arrest of Spider-Man and which candidate it will benefit. It was mentioned that Spider-Man's arrest would help Hollister but we are never told why so it comes off as weak story telling to justify a plot point or two.
The editor's notes were also problematic. First, because Stephen Wacker is easily the most annoying editor I've ever encountered or, at the very least, his public persona is, so the notes are always a pain to read. Secondly, they referenced the individual issues, not the collections they showed up in. I think this is a more fundamental problem since it seems that people tend to read a series in singles OR trades, not both, so the editor's notes should be adjusted as such between the two formats.
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