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Last time we saw Hobie Brown, he wasn’t looking so hot. Thankfully, Madame Web (the newer/Julia Carpenter one) was there to help. Now it’s time to see if The Prowler can make it back to New U in time to get his life saving meds.

The Prowler #4 (Marvel Comics)

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Observations

  • Wait. I’ve read this scene before in another Clone Conspiracy book—but how does it make sense with what happened last issue?
  • Ah, flashback. Got it.
  • Julia Carpenter is kicking names and taking ass.
  • Oh man. This is both a very cool and extremely awkward reunion.
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  • No matter how many different angles we see this scene from, it’s still awesome.
  • This scene, on the other hand, feels pretty redundant.

The Verdict

Much as I enjoy watching Hobie and Julia fight bad guys (and each other), The Prowler #4 feels incredibly redundant. From its mirrored book end dialogue to Hobie getting his ass kicked again, this Clone Conspiracy tie-in doesn’t do much to advance its own narrative or the overall story.

It’s also not entirely clear if Hobie’s actions near the end of the issue are due to shock/confusion over his body breaking down or a genuine belief about Julia’s potential involvement with sabotaging New U. And no matter what the reason is, the moment takes away a bit from what was otherwise a wonderful moment between Spidey and Prowler in the big New U Brawl.

That being said, we do get a very cool moment with a classic (and formerly dead) character. We also get more of Jamal Campbell’s art, which is always a good thing. In addition to his excellent fight scenes, he draws what might be my favorite interpretation of the Carrion Call moment that we’ve seen across multiple Spider-Man titles.

It’s enough to save this issue, but the narrative needs to start going somewhere if The Prowler is going to transform from a fun diversion into a solid ongoing series.

The Prowler #4 Review
We get a very cool moment with a classic (and formerly dead) character.In addition to his excellent fight scenes, Jamal Campbell draws what might be my favorite interpretation of the Carrion Call moment that we’ve seen across multiple Spider-Man titles.
From its mirrored book end dialogue to Hobie getting his ass kicked again, this Clone Conspiracy tie-in doesn’t do much to advance its own narrative or the overall story. It’s also not entirely clear if Hobie’s actions near the end of the issue are due to shock/confusion over his body breaking down or a genuine belief about Julia’s potential involvement with sabotaging New U
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