Episode #6: The Invisible Hand
Original Airdate: April 12th, 2008

Peter Parker struggles to get a date for the Fall Formal, and to figure out a way to pay for it. Meanwhile, the unstoppable Rhino – the latest of the Big Man's creations – has sworn vengeance on Spider-Man. Spidey takes the battle directly to the source of his troubles, the previously invisible hand, who has been secretly conducting his villain-of-the-week attacks. But the Big Man offers a surprising solution to Spidey's problems, a tempting offer he doesn't think our hero can afford to refuse. Will Spidey do the right thing?
Written by Matt Wayne
Directed by Dave Bullock
Music by Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion
Animation By Dongwoo animation

Josh Keaton as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Lacey Chabert as Gwen Stacy
Clancy Brown as Alex O'Hirn/The Rhino
Joshua Lebar as Flash Thompson
John Dimaggo as Hammerhead
Kevin Michael Richardson as The Big Man/Tombstone
Phil Lamarr as Rand Robertson, Robbie Robertson
Peter Macnicol as Otto Octavius
Vanessa Marshall as Mary Jane Watson
Daran Norris as J. Jonah Jameson
Alan Rachins as Norman Osborn
James Arnold Taylor as Harry Osborn, Fredwick Foswell

Review: Stu - The Invisible Hand will probably go down as the big turning point in the show’s run, throwing not one but two big reveals as well as a superb smackdown with Alex O’Hirn, who has finally become The Rhino.

I am absolutely loving the fact that this show isn’t a strictly villain of the week affair. After seeing how dismal a job of it The Batman did in their first season, it’s been great to see each villain appear each week with an actual reason other than to serve the stories need for a fight scene. Given how many of them have come from The Big Man, it’s surprising that they’ve managed to keep the theme so fresh throughout the show’s run but it’s not a single episode yet has felt like we’re treading over old ground.

As said above, the fight scene with The Rhino was especially well done and came so very close to beating the brawl with The Lizard from Natural Selection. Clancy Brown is perfectly cast as the large, simplistic villain. I was very impressed with Brown here – after seeing his perform as Lex Luthor for years and how impressive he was in that role and his very memorable role as Flash as Luthor in Justice League Unlimited’s The Great Brain Robbery, I’ve seen that he has a lot more range than I would’ve normally given him credit for. Kudos, Clancy.

My favourite scene here was the reveal of The Big Man. I admit to having never been too enthralled with Tombstone before this episode – he’s never been a bad villain but he’s never quite lived up to some of Spidey’s top flight villains but he made a hell of an impression here. Richardson does well in the role and his dialogue is superb throughout. I’m really looking forward to seeing where they go with this storyline, the build up, if you’ll pardon the pun, has been spectacular.

And although I saw it coming a mile away, I loved the “Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!” line. If you’re a Spidey fan and you didn’t have a beaming smile across your face when you heard that, I will fight you!

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