Book Club: Let’s Swing Into Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

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Book Club Kraven's Last Hunt.

Throughout the month of June I’ve been asking people to read Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt so we could discuss it as part of the How to Love Comics Book Club!

For those who haven’t been paying attention or have just joined us this is essentially how it works:

  • I set a book at the end of the previous month.
  • We all go out out and read it.
  • And then come back and discuss it.

We’re now up to the discussion phase of the process. The part where you get to have your say and what you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy about it in the comments below.

Before we get to the actual discussion I’ll lay down some ground rules, mostly for the sake of keeping the discussion friendly.

Book Club Rules

  1. Keep conversation friendly. You’re allowed to disagree with people, but do so in a way that is neither aggressive or belittling the person with different views or opinions.
  2. No trolling.
  3. Keep on topic.
  4. I have the right to delete any comments which break rules 1-3.
  5. Finally, have fun with discussion!

Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt TPB cover by Mike Zeck.

You can discuss Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt anyway you want but if you are looking for some talking points here are a few questions to help get you started.

  • What caused Kraven to act the way he did? Was it the drugs he was taking, pride, mental illness or a crisis of identity?
  • It’s insinuated that Peter Parker is buried for multiple weeks. Do you think that would be possible, even for Spidey?
  • Were you a fan of Mike Zeck’s art? Was there a page or panel that stood out for you?
  • The idea for this story originally was devised as a Wonder Man story and was even pitched a Batman/Joker story before it became Kraven’s Last Hunt. Do you think it could’ve been the same story if it was done with one of those characters?
  • Do you feel sorry for Kraven or Vermin at anytime throughout the story?
  • There is a heavy use of repetition throughout. Did it add impact to scenes or was it a waste of space?
  • Who was more savage – Kraven or Vermin?
  • Along with be a very dark comic there’s also some very surreal moments. Do these fit in with the story or do you think they felt out of place?
  • Kraven’s Last Hunt is a story about identity. Do you agree?
  • Why do you think Kraven to killed himself?
  • Who was the superior Spider-Man?

Over to you, jump down into the comments and let’s talk about Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt!

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he’s not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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David
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Oh yeah, and I thought the bit where Vermin licked the female cop was messed up!

ChubbySorcerer
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Sup guys. I was pretty excited for this, so before I start “talking” I feel it’s necessary to mention that I’ve always struggled to put my thoughts into words and express my opinion on something. Plus: English is not my native language. So please keep that in mind and don’t be too hard on me. 😉 First and foremost: I found this book to be incredibly good. It was actually the first Spidey book I’ve ever read (at least the first book where he was the main character) and I’m not really a huge fan of him. Though I don’t… Read more »
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