I am of the old school Spiderman 1967 cartoon series but this new incarnation, The Spectacular Spider-Man sure is cool. Volume 4 of this Spider-man DVD series features episodes 10 to 13 of season one of the latest Peter Parker reincarnation. The generic rock theme song doesn’t hold a candle to “Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can….” but the cartoons here are a lot of fun to watch and features a lot of great bad guys. The episodes are also connected to each other.
Episode 10, Persona, features a really interesting foe: Black Cat, a high school aged female cat burglar with as much wit as Spider-Man himself. They battle it out over some space ooze found on the space shuttle. In an echo of the Spiderman 3 movie, the black ooze takes over Peter Parker’s superhero. The webbed superhero also has to battle an impostor.
Group Therapy has a bunch of baddies battling the swinging one. They include Electro, Rhino, Sandman, Doc Oc, and Vulture, and some other bad guy.. Lots of mayhem and destruction but a pretty thin story. This story continues in the next episode on The Spectacular Spider-Man Volume 4 DVD.
In Intervention Spidey joins some baddies when he suddenly needs cash and gets many origins of Spider-Man flashbacks when the black costume takes over Peter Parker and the boy wonder (oops, wrong super hero) debates good and evil. This leads to the creation of a new bad guy, Venom who takes a page from the Gene Simmons book.
The fourth episode on this Spiderman DVD continues the story already established in the previous episodes. Venom goes after Peter Parker’s latest love interest.
The Spectacular Spider-Man is a very good cartoon.