Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Spidey & The Scarlet Witch In Salem

We've been talking a little bit about Bill Mantlo in the comments section lately, and the pros and cons of his work. Although I'll admit that Bill's fill-ins for other writers were nearly always disappointing, I maintain he did have his moments. Micronauts and Rom are the obvious ones, but I also still believe The Sword In The Star could've been one of the seminal fantasy series of the Bronze Age, if it'd been given the chance.
And there's this little run in Marvel Team-Up too, where Spidey borrows Doc Doom's time machine, and goes gallivanting around the Salem witch trials, along with a host of obligatory guest stars.
It does have it's faults. The Killraven and Deathlok issues at the end, with the webbed wonder trying to get home to 1975, are lacklustre, and Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito always, and inexplicably, made for a slightly bland art team to my eyes, but the main plot really did keep me and my buddies on the edges of our seats for months.
Even Wanda, a character I've always found extremely unlikeable, is interesting here, and with her, Spidey & Vision about to get lynched at the end, I defy anyone not to want to know what happens next.

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