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Subj: Amazing Spider-Man#50.LR: Jane Sailing From Here?
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 08:25:37 am EDT (Viewed 275 times)

Amazing Spider-Man#50.LR

The escape craft is damaged extensively in Spidey's battle against the Kindred-possessed order of the web, Peter manages to rescue Anya, Jessica, Julia, Gwen and Miles, but all it gets him into is more trouble as they pin him down and unleash a thousand poisonous spiders onto his body, injecting him with venom. Kindred, talking through each order member, instructs Peter to come find him alone, and then sets the order on a mission to find Norman Osborn.

Norman in the meantime is talking to Doctor Kafka about Kindred, that he wants his little boy Harry back, and to atone for the sins of the father (he makes absolutely no mention of Gabriel at all here), Kafka says Harry won't listen to Norman, but asks if there is anyone who could reach him, someone he could trust...we cut to an airport somewhere in the city where just such a person arrives...MARY JANE.

My thoughts:

Welcome back MJ...but it remains to be seen how long she hangs around this time. I've a feeling Spencer never really had a bigger plan for her throughout this run, as from prior interviews, the reconciliation with Peter seemed like a last minute addition approved by Quesada and he had a lot of the story mapped out without her. I want to be wrong here, but I think she'll be written out again after this arc, and may not return until the build for issue 900

Also, with the cancellation of Amazing Mary Jane, they have quietly dropped the witness protection angle from the end of issue six, it's all solved off-panel, perhaps the next few .LR issues will resolve that?

I think in typical Parker luck fashion, Peter won't even be aware MJ is back at all in this event, Lowe does state in the afterword Peter appears less in the .LR issues, and it'll focus on other characters, MJ included.

Not much else goes on other than an extension of Peter's struggles and Kindred communicating with him through the order, and Norman clarifying he did indeed mean Harry (and not Gabe) when he said his 'son', indeed there's no mention of Gabe throughout, guess we can rule that issue out. Kafka surely should have remembered she was Harry's shrink in the 1990s though

Overall, an essential issue for the ending, but you can have latched that and the Norman/Kafka scenes onto a extra few pages of the actual 50th issue and not charged people more money for this additional title.

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