Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man #636 [2010] Grim Hunt


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #636
The 2010 year for Spider-man started with a revenge plot by the wife and daughter of the late Kraven the Hunter: Sasha and Ana Kravinoff. Two decades in the making after Kraven’s Last Hunt (1987) by classic Spider-man writer J.M. DeMatteis and Secret Wars artist Mike Zeck, the Kravinoff women are seeking to redeem the legacy of Kraven the Hunter.

The Kravinoff women launched a series of coordinated attacks that grinds Spidey with his own rogue gallery. Villains were amped up and given new motives against Spider-man including Electro, Sandman, Chameleon, Mysterio, Rhino, Vulture, and the Lizard. The storyline cumulates in the four-part arc ‘Grim Hunt’ between Amazing Spider-man #634 and #637 by Joe Kelly and Michael Lark.

Ana and Sasha team-up with Aloysha Kravinoff near the grave of Vladimir Kravinoff. Aloysha Kravinoff is the illegitimate mutant son Kraven. Together they resurrected Vladimir into a wolfman creature. Vladimir Kravinoff was the son of Kraven and also known as the Grim Hunter before he was killed by Kaine.

Last issue we saw a bleeding Kaine warning Peter that they are being hunted. Peter hears commotion outside his apartment and investigates while leaving Kaine inside. Peter finds Spider-woman battling both Ana and Aloysha Kravinoff. He joins the fight and together they fend them off. They hide out at Mattie Franklin’s apartment where Ezekiel makes a surprise entrance claiming a war between the tribes of the spiders and the hunters.

The Kravinoffs does the impossible and resurrects their beloved Kraven the Hunter. It required a sacrifice by one member of the Spider cast. Writer Joe Kelly has crafted a wonderful Spider-Man story. The art really sets the serious tone for this story arc. The Spider-man rogue gallery is complete with his classic villains all amped up. Awaiting the finale as everything comes to a head next issue as Spider-Man takes on the resurrected Kraven the Hunter.

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5