Yu sets up the weirded diorama displays.

Spider-Man: The Manga #11

Marvel Comics (May, 1998)

WRITER/ARTIST: Ryoichi Ikegami

TRANSLATION: Mutsumi Masuda & C.B. Cebulski

RETOUCH/PRODUCTION: Dan Nakrosis

COVER DESIGN: Jeffrey Huang

EDITOR: Glenn Greenberg

Rumi has moved to Tokyo after the passing of her mother and she and Yu start spending time together. Yu’s aunt comes across some of Yu’s notes when he was designing his webshooters and worries he may admire Spider-Man, as the fake one has now moved to attacking women. Yu and Rumi are separated by protestors and when it’s broken up she’s disappeared. Yu runs home but she hasn’t returned, and the fake Spider-Man’s attacks are getting worse.

What they got right: I can’t point to any one part of this issue as something that stands out because it’s more of an overall package deal. We see Yu pretty much dating Rumi while “Spider-Man” continues to sneak into his life, further haunting him. Japanese Aunt May (the Marvel fandom wiki calls her Aunt Mei but I don’t recall seeing her name) is a good match for her 616 counterpart.

What they got wrong: Why wouldn’t Yu go right back out to try to find Rumi, or at least ask the police for help, knowing not-Spidey (and not the last time we’ll have a fake Spider-Man in this series) is out there attacking women. He doesn’t even need to put on the suit (since he doesn’t have it anymore…I think), just go out and look.

What I think overall: It’s a good chapter to a full story but not the chapter to really start on if you haven’t read this take on Spider-Man before.

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