Book Review: Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six (Audiobook)

Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six by Adam-Troy Castro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The first of the Sinister Six trilogy of text novels by Adam-Troy Castro finds a sinister "Gentleman" gathering together the Sinister Six, but one of them-Mysterio is launching a deadly plot of his own against the acting community.

I have to admit that this book did kind of pull the rug out from under me. Initially, at the start of the book, the focus was on the Gentleman, his cruelty, and his plan to take on Spider-man for reasons unknown, as well as to destroy the city and somehow reap a handsome profit. The story then shifts to a suicide attempt by an aging actor who has been being tormented and then succombs. We then learn it's part of a much broader plot by Mysterio.

Still, what we get is a very enjoyable novel. It manages to capture the spirit of comic book characters including J. Jonah Jameson and Flash Thompson and makes them very three-dimensional. I also appreciated the return of a hero who'd fought alongisde Spider-man in the 1970s for the final act and how he was fleshed out. Comic continuity is used intelligently, so we know enough what had come before without getting bogged down. In addition, the side and original characters are well-crafted as well, and Castro either had some solid knowledge of show biz or did a ton of research.

I'm also a huge fan of the Mary Jane-Peter Parker marriage, so it's great to read a book with that intact and to see how they interact. Mary Jane is well-handled and well-treated as a character, which is better than many comic book writers gave her.

While I listened to the modern well-narrated recently-released audiobook, listeners/readers should be aware that this book is a product of the times it was written in: the mid-1990s. Honestly, this book would be two thirds as long if everyone had smartpones and could access YouTube and IMDB.
Still, if you accept that, this is a fun ride that does justice to Spider-man in novel form.





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Published on February 20, 2021 09:51 Tags: 1990s, spider-man
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