On the Kirkus Reviews blog today, I list my Top 5 Graphic Novel picks starring the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
From the post:
Sergei Kravinoff burst onto the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1964. Since then, he has hunted Spidey relentlessly in the hopes of proving to everyone he is the greatest hunter in the world. Collecting Web of Spider-Man #31-32, Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, and Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132, Kraven’s Last Hunt, written by J. M. DeMatteis and illustrated by Mike Zeck, brought Kraven and Spider-Man together for their final confrontation.
Driven mad by his inability to defeat Spider-Man, Kraven the Hunter launches his ultimate end-game and manages to defeat the web-head. He shoots him, and buries him. To further prove that he is the greatest hunter in the world, Kraven takes on Spider-Man’s mask and hunts his latest enemy, Vermin, and defeats him in a brutal attack. Two weeks later, Spidey wakes up (he was drugged, not killed) and has to dig his way out of his own grave. Kraven is no longer interested in him. Vermin, however, is out for revenge following the beat-down Kraven gave him.
Click through to the Kirkus Reviews blog to read the full piece and see all my picks.