By Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, and Edgar Delgado
Not much happens in this issue. It’s basically just enough to move the story along. There’s a little piece at the beginning with the mysterious girl with spider powers, as well as a panel with Ezekiel that will make you groan, but this comic is focusing on Spider-Man adjusting to his new life and Black Cat’s revenge. That’s good enough for us Spidey fans.
Peter is trying to undo the damage that Otto wreaked upon his staff at Parker Industries. Slott finds a nice way to address the dynamic of The Superior Spider-Man. People are now used to a mean and tyrannical Peter Parker, so when he tries to make amends, they just think he’s crazy. Black Cat is also not sold, going so far as to risk innocent lives to get her vengeance on Spider-Man.
The only real issue is the depiction of Electro. He accidently starts a fire where Spidey is forced to come to the rescue and he also receives an interesting proposition from Black Cat. That’s fine if it was Electro, but this isn’t Electro. It’s the movie Electro. He’s depicted exactly like he is in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film. It’s awkward and almost throws the whole issue out of whack.
Humberto Ramos has somehow managed to pull out his best Spidey issue. His cartoony style is still there, but the character’s depictions are given and upgrade to a more modern approach. In other words, he kept the best and replaced the rest. Spider-Man looks fun and carefree, but not goofy. If this is the future of his art, sign me up right now.
If we wanted the movie Electro, we would wait for the Blu-ray. Despite that nonsense, issue #3 is still another fine improvement from past Slott stories. Any Spidey fan worth his salt should be happy with the relaunch.