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Spider-Man: The Lizard Sanction

Spider-Man: The Lizard Sanction - Diane Duane I have never read a novelization of Spider Man prior to this, so I was not sure what to expect. What I found is that Diane Donald proved to be a very competent writer. She handled the novel professionally, and as a fellow writer, I can certainly appreciate that. The story itself was interesting, but I found the scope to be a little small in nature. Perhaps that was just an exposure to some of the movies, which have a much larger scope. Of the characters, I found Venom to be the most interesting. The Lizard sanction gave a different side of him, which I enjoyed reading. The Lizard, on the other hand, I found to be less developed, even though he was the title character in the novel.

In the Lizard sanction, Spider Man is on assignment. While on assignment, he is tracking the Lizard, who has fallen in with some baddies, in the form of the stereotypical evil corporation. Dr. Curt Connors is working for these goons, while trying to figure out how to revert back to his normal form on a permanent basis. This leads to rivals, Spidey and Venom to work together to control the Lizard and beat down the shadowy, evil corporation. You can probably tell by the tone of this review that I find the corporation as the evil entity responsible for the world's woes to be overdone and ineffective. A little creativity on the part of these writers would be nice. Despite that, the action was good and the plot reasonable. In all, the novel was solid and entertaining but unspectacular.

Carl Alves - author of Blood Street