Of Mists and Mirrors: Media Blizzard Part One
Dan Jurgens (story/pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Gregory Wright
w/Malibu’s Hues (colors), Richard Starkings & Comicraft (letters)
Dr. Ramirez tells Spider-Man that his D.I.T.-Chip is being used by the
new Mysteryvision TV network to entrance viewers with 3D images taken
directly from their minds. Spider-Man visits the network’s
headquarters, where he meets founder Randolph Hines. Hines tricks
Spider-Man into putting on a pair of 3D goggles, which project his
darkest fears into reality. Hines, who reveals himself as Mysterio,
then sends his Christmas-themed monsters to terrorize the city. When
Spider-Man tries to stop them, he discovers his webshooters have frozen
Ben meets photography student Jessica at the Daily Grind. He later
recognizes her as the girl who took photos of him a few nights earlier
when he re-emerged as Spider-Man.
*See __________ For Details: “Media Blizzard” is continued in Amazing Spider-Man #408.
Ben tells Jessica he was interested in photography back in his high
school and college days…“a looong time ago!” When Jessica later gives
him a tour of Centennial University, he remarks that it’s been years
since he felt like a student.
I Love the ‘90s: Spider-Man wonders if Jonah Jameson will one day target Mother Teresa.
Gimmicks: This issue features a fifth-ink cover, but keeps the standard cover price.
“Media Blizzard” was intended to be Mysterio’s grand return to the
titles, complete with a revamped costume and new 3D hologram gimmick.
Neither of these stuck, but I honestly like Mysterio’s new look, and
think making his illusions holograms isn’t necessarily a bad idea,
either. (I imagine if Mysterio ever makes into one of the films, that’s
the angle that will be taken.) The main failing of “Media Blizzard” is
that it comes across as a fairly pedestrian Spider-Man story, yet it
was stretched over the entire line for a month, simply because Marvel
wanted to keep the books in a permanent crossover. It’s hard to make
illusions seem like a viable threat in the first place, and using them
as the basis of a mini-event is an even harder sell.
personal life subplots aren’t quite so dull, thankfully. I think that
the eventual revelation that Jessica is the daughter of Uncle Ben’s
killer is a stretch even by comic book standards, but Jurgens does an
admirable job of fleshing her out as a supporting cast member this
issue. His Ben Reilly is also a likeable enough protagonist, clearly
inspired by the classic Lee/Romita stories. I can see why people have
labeled Jurgens one of the best Ben writers, even if he apparently
wanted to ditch the character immediately.