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Subj: Sinister War#1: The Good Doctor Was A Gamblin' Man
Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 01:10:06 pm EDT (Viewed 188 times)

We learn only one whole month has passed since the events of ASM#29. Peter was going to propose to Mary Jane after her film premiere, but the Sinister and Savage gate-crashing put paid to that. Peter finds out about Mysterio and MJ's partnership, MJ gives Peter a burn about working with reformed villains. Peter is confused as to how Doc Ock is back in his old form, and we're reminded of the former Superior Spider-Man's connections to Mephisto. Mysterio tries to tell Peter and MJ what he knows about their deal with the devil, but Spidey dives back into battling the teams.

Ock offers Mysterio a chance to join him, in return, he asks MJ be surrendered to him. Mysterio reluctantly takes MJ with him, and Peter is transported to Kindred's lair, where the remainder of the five six member teams are unleashed on him

Meanwhile, Doctor Strange and Mephisto have a discussion about Peter's soul and the deal he made, Strange argues Peter would never bargain with a devil and demands he undo what he has done. Mephisto tells him extreme circumstances necessitated Peter to make the deal and that his hands are tied, but he's not opposed to playing a game of chance, he and Strange approach a table, Mephisto offers Strange a chance to play...pick a colour, red or black, and asks if he's feeling lucky?

My thoughts:

After a few weeks pondering whether or not Mephisto is truly involved in One More Day, or if it was a Mysterio ruse all along...this issue really puts Marvel's favourite demon in the picture and sets up an interesting side-plot for him and Strange that can possibly go on without Peter's advance knowledge...presumbly so they can have Peter learn more about his unconfessed sins from Kindred...but what other purpose does a gamble with Mephisto serve? Is this the lead-in more to Doctor Stranger's 'death' event this coming fall?

Loved Mary Jane's burn and reminder to Peter that he's being quite hypocritical calling her out on working with criminals when he had such faith in Boomerang, and also his ongoing friendship with Felicia. MJ being catty around Peter can be done wrong so many times, but here it works, and Peter's reaction is more jokey than confrontational. He knows MJ is in the right here.

It feels and reads like a 1990s video game, with Mysterio as the last boss and MJ the damsel (funny considering she said she'd be nothing of the sort to Tarantula)

So there you have it, answers are coming...some other day. Just don't make it some other year.

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