Comics - Spider-Man & Black Cat (4 stars)

Kevin Smith & Terry Dodson

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Spider-Man & Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do (Marvel/Panini)

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There has been some amazing creative talent on Spider-Man through the years. Comics bad boy Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Jeph Loeb (Lost), Pete Bagge (Hate) and John Byrne have all thrown in their artistic tuppence worth, while even Frank Miller turned in a few issues in the early 80s. However Kevin Smith (director of Clerks and Dogma) probably has the biggest crossover appeal into the world of movies. Much like his movies he has a sharp grasp on dialogue. Here he tackles subjects that are often thought far too serious for comics (rape being the main theme) with a deft touch that never feels out of place. A surprisingly sensitive graphic novel.

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