Spider-Man: Return of the Black Catby Joe Kelly, Phil Jimenez, Paolo Siqueira, Marco Checchetto
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #606-611. The Black Cat's back and more dangerous than ever! Then, Raptor is back for revenge against the man he claims killed his family - Ben Reilly, the clone of Spider-Man! Unfortunately, the only person alive that fits Ben's description is Peter Parker!
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I was a big fan of the original relationship between Spider-Man and the Black Cat. The dynamics involved, mostly Felicia being almost disgusted by a maskless Spider-Man, were something I don't think I'd ever seen in comics before. Here we have them reuniting and sadly most of Peter's actions seem out of character. Yes, I understand that Miss Hardy is supposed to be ridiculously sexy but most the time Peter acts like he's fourteen around her here after years of acting normal. Then you have the clone related arc. I actually enjoyed Ben Reilly and pieces of the clone saga, however this didn't thrill me. Raptor (lame 90s dinosaur name) could have been easily stopped with a plausible explanation (Ben was Peter's cousin) instead of everything that went down. Also there was a huge plan by Peter that completely goes against character by involving a civilian in the middle of a battle. Lastly, the Deadpool story didn't belong in the pages of Spider-Man since it was a just a Deadpool story and the art was atrocious. This trade is supposed to lead up to the big Gauntlet event and this limped into that. Sadly this is just a hodge podge of bad characterization and miss matched plotlines.
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