By Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, things have been pretty good lately. Spider-Man: Homecoming was released last week, to great reviews by fans and critics alike. Miles Morales is very much a part of the new Marvel universe. Peter Parker is a successful business man and hero. There are a large number of Spidey-related books on the shelves, Venom, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, even Edge of Venomverse, but of all of those titles, nothing has been better than Amazing Spider-Man. Although we’re currently in the middle of Secret Empire, and there are tie-ins for the series, not all of them were affected for the worse; Amazing Spider-Man is a perfect example of that.
Dan Slott has been writing Spider-Man books for a good while now. His run has had its fair share of highs and lows, but you would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t enjoy his Superior Spider-Man. This issue gives us the Superior Octopus, which seems like a home run. Slott starts us off by showing how confident Peter has become as a person and a leader. He takes charge as Hydra Cap attacks the rebels and orders them all to safety. The issue is at its most interesting when Superior Octopus is involved. The character has a new mission of revenge against Parker that is pretty legit. He also makes it known that he is not playing around as he tosses a defiant Strong Guy into the clouds. Otto shines this issue, and when he’s not on panel, the book isn’t as interesting. One criticism of this book is that there are some slow pages where Peter is talking, necessary though they may be. The issue ends well and sets up what looks to be a good confrontation between Spidey and Superior Ock.
The pencils this issue are handled by Stuart Immonen with inks by Wade Von Grawbadger and colors by Marte Gracia. Stuart Immonen is a superstar artist; this isn’t up for debate. His art this issue is excellent, which is exactly what anyone should have expected. There are a good number of panels that stand out, like Superior Ock walking with his crew while silhouetted, thanks to the inks by Wade Von Grawbadger. Immonen rocks all the minor characters in the issue too; everyone has a very distinct look. The colors by Marte Gracia also shine here too. This is a dark issue color-wise, there’s a lot of shading and darker tones. Gracia is a whiz with his colors, a great example would be a romantic moment between Spidey and Mockingbird, shaded perfectly. The art this issue was excellent. Everyone on board turned in a great performance and it helps boost this book’s enjoyability factor.
Amazing Spider-Man has been consistently good for a long time now. Dan Slott has worked his magic to make this title a must-read. To top it off, it’s hard to ask for a better job in the art department than what’s given this issue.