Review: Weird Suspense #2

Weird Suspense #2 cover
Cover by Larry Lieber

Weird Suspense #2
Published and © by Atlas (Seaboard), April 1975

Title: “The Revenge of the Spider Witch!”
Synopsis: The spider priestess Rak-Nora escapes from “astral disintegration” and seeks her revenge on the Tarantula.

Writer: Michael Fleisher
Artist: Pat Boyette

Review: Starring one of Atlas (Seaboard)’s creepier characters, Weird Suspense is always an entertaining – if not good – read. This issue’s story is by Michael Fleisher, a writer who was no stranger to the macabre. Unfortunately, too many convenient plot devices undermine this tale’s suspension of disbelief – which isn’t a good thing for a story about an ancient spider priestess and a man-eating, human tarantula. Charlton veteran Pat Boyette serves up some strong art, though; both his wooden style and odd layouts serve this story well. On the whole, not a great comic, but one that’s certainly a good deal of fun.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Still diggin’ the whole “hero”-who-eats-his-bad-guys thing.
Not-so-cool factor: Why do Atlas (Seaboard) covers so rarely have nothing do with the stories inside?

Character quotable: “Giant tarantulas will roam the Earth once more in search of human flesh!” – Rak-Nora, spider-hottie

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on July 6, 2010.

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