Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Here we are. We’ve come to the final chapter in this book. The villain is defeated but there are some loose ends. How did Mary Jane come up with the money which totally wasn’t foreshadowed at all? What about the vial of Lastofus Juice? Will Peter get back in time to help Aunt May though we already know Mary Jane just did that? Let’s see how this book ends.
Yep, I knew MJ was going to pawn the ring we saw her fiddling with earlier. It was some heavy foreshadowing, like the writers were hoping the audience would be demanding it of her by the next chapter the subplot came up. So, house saved, Mary Jane shows what she brings to Team Spidey, and Aunt May subplot #3 is complete.
As for the psycho juice Peter did what I hoped he would do and bring it to Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. If he can’t find a way to properly dispose of it he’ll lock it away where nobody can find it. And knowing Reed probably forget it’s there until it makes for a potential story in a Fantastic Four novel someday, though I don’t know if they actually made a Fantastic Four novel. The only co-sells in this book were two more Spidey novels, one an anthology and one with longtime Star Trek novelist Diane Duane, and an Incredible Hulk novel by Peter David, who has written numerous novels, including for Star Trek, and one of the celebrated writers of Hulk’s comic. If I were a Hulk fan (I like a Hulk story now and then though I did watch both his cartoons regularly) I’d probably be hoping to track that one down.
So happy endings all around and a fitting end to the series. What about the novel overall? Check out this weekend’s Clutter Report for the full review. And if you enjoy Chapter By Chapter drop in tomorrow and help me choose which of three novels to do next. I can’t decide which one I really want to do so maybe this time the poll will have more than 11 people taking part? Maybe?