Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.
This week we take a look back on a classic Spider-Man tale, Kraven’s Last Hunt. Written by J.M. DeMatteis and drawn by Mike Zeck, this story still stands today as one of the darker Spider-Man story and has been referred to as Spidey’s “Dark Knight Returns”. It’s a tale where Kraven the Hunter, arguably a third string villain, does the unthinkable: He kills Spider-Man. Not only that, he also takes his place and runs roughshod on the criminals of New York city. As is the case with most stories of this nature, Peter Parker isn’t really dead and returns to face off against his adversary. But the showdown is not the main focus of the story. Instead, this is a tale of proving oneself better and finding your place in the grand scheme of things. A strange tale to say the least but also a memorable one.
Take a listen as Sammy and Andrew dissect this dark take on Spidey and discuss why it still holds up today as grand work of comic brilliance. And yes, there are the usual puns and goofs as always because it wouldn’t be our show without them. It’s all waiting for you in the latest episode of Back Issue Bloodbath!
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