Feb 25 2009
I’m very fond of Spiderman Loves Mary Jane, particularly the way it ends its issues. The last page of each issue wraps up the plot of that issue and foreshadows the next issue. The cliffhangers are usually pretty strong and make the reader want to keep going. For example, check out these sample concluding pages.
The second issue is mainly about whether Mary Jane can get a good part in the play. This page tells us that she gets the lead and immediately launches into the next plot. Can Mary Jane survive the wrath of her jealous opponent?
The third issue is mainly about Mary Jane trying to fend off her jealous rival and trying to woo Spiderman. Spiderman finally asks her for a date on the last page, which is an interesting cliffhanger. (How do you date a superhero? What’s that like?)
This one requires a bit more explanation. At the end of the fourth issue, Peter Parker asks Mary Jane to go on a date with him instead of Spiderman. (Peter Parker is Spiderman, of course, but Mary Jane doesn’t know that). She shuts him down.
The fifth issue covers the date. Towards the end, Mary Jane grows concerned that a mysterious new girl is hitting on Peter. The final page reveals her, which makes her more threatening for two reasons: 1) she’s clearly good-looking and 2) she’s Gwen Stacy, one of the most important characters in the Spiderman universe. If anyone can steal Peter away from MJ, it’s Gwen.