Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #4
By Dan Slott, Adam Kubert, Scott Hanna and Justin Ponsor
Dan Slott is usually a guy that gets talked about a lot. Some love his Spider-Man work, others loathe it. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, he has had an extensive run with the iconic character. The Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows has focused more on the family aspect of the character, but will his family be able to save him in his time of need?
This series has been pretty enjoyable so far. Dan Slott has been bringing in all of Spidey’s biggest foes for this mini and he’s allowed us to see Peter at his best and most tactical. While the book is definitely about Spider-Man, this issue focuses on Mary Jane and Annie May. Slott finally gives us a little background on the daughter of Peter and MJ. One of the things Dan Slott does that is cool in this book, is that he uses characters that may be forgotten. This issue has appearances by The Spot and The Prowler. These are two characters that haven’t seen action in quite a long time, but Slott uses them. We also see a rag-tag group of characters that call themselves “the resistance.” Slott makes some interesting choices on who is on the team, but it’s a book I would totally read. While the issue is good for the most part, Regent still comes off as a generic villain with no personality. A hero is supposed to only be as good as his villains and Regent is kind of lame.
The pencils for this issue are handled by Adam Kubert and Scott Hanna, with Justin Ponsor on colors. The art for the most part is pretty good. There are a couple of off panels, but that is nothing to worry about. Kubert and Hanna have some very good close-up mother/daughter panels. The expressions on the face of Mary Jane, whether it’s the look of love or anger, are very good. We can feel it seeping off the page. There is a well drawn panel where Regent is torturing the Sandman and he’s trying to read Sandman’s mind and sand begins to ooze off of his face; it’s somewhat eerie, but looks great. The colors by Justin Ponsor are very good, as usual. The shading in the book looks great and really helps with some of the darker panels. One of the best pages from a color standpoint is a scene where we see all the heroes Regent has captured. There is a red glow from many of the tubes that looks pretty awesome. The art really represented this issue, possibly the best showing of the series.
The Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows has been very good so far. This issue has set up the conclusion nicely and we’ll get to see who makes it out alive. Dan Slott has done a good job with this series and should earn a little more respect from those who dislike his work. The art has been consistent and it’s paired with an awesome colorist. Hopefully the conclusion will be as exciting as the events that led us there.