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The Amazing Spider-Man #75 Review



The Amazing Spider-man #75

Reviewed by Leo Brocklehurst

Written by: Zeb Wells 

Artwork by: Patrick Gleason
Released on 6/10/21

Published by Marvel Comics 

BEYOND IS HERE!

So I haven’t been THIS excited for Spider-man in quite a while now, I was hyped when this new run started because we finally got a change up from Dan Slott to Nick Spencer and my favourite artist Ryan Ottley was on the book aswell.

However, as the series progressed, we lost Ryan Ottley (on Spider-man, he is still very much alive) around the halfway point of the run and the plots got a little stale (Kings Ransom and the Chameleon Conspiracy to be specific). The stories were in my opinion, more exciting than the previous run but lacking the constant state of epic-ness and energy that the book had seen before, but now, I think things are finally going to be… amazing (forgive the pun) once again. Let’s dig in!

This time around, the story starts with a young Peter Parker walking the streets of New York with Aunt May, blowing up a piece of gum. Aunt May realises she never bought that for Pete and asks where he got it from, Peter doesn’t understand what he did but said “it felt too easy”. They end up going back to the store and paying the store clerk for the gum and once they get home uncle Ben asks to talk to Peter, giving him a speech about the man who you are in private and that you can’t hide from him. Ben turns around, disfigured by a hole in his face with spiders crawling out of it and we soon discover it was just a dream.

Peter wakes up miserable over Harry’s death (last ish) and decides to go get some fresh air outside, on a specific building where its quiet and solitary, where he has nothing to worry about. I always like little things like this, they communicate to readers that Peter is a human being; he still faces problems and tribulation and has his safe spaces of his own to go to, they really drive home the “everyman” aspect of the character. Once he gets up onto the roof of this building he sees another Spider-man swing past?! Spidey throws a slue of tricks at the imposter but they prove useless; his webs bounce right of the shady character and they run right through the wall Peter pulls down on them. Following that, a spider looking device is deployed and wraps Peter up, allowing the doppelganger to escape. The device tells Peter that he will be let go in an hour and he should use this time to “reflect on his life’s decisions” Which might be the funniest thing I’ve read all year.

The following day, Pete runs into Ben Reilly (who last appeared in Iron man a few years back I believe but I’m sure you’re familiar with the character from the infamous clone saga storyline back in the mid 90’s). They talk in a restaurant and Ben reveals it was him who was running around the night before and that’s what he’s come to talk to  Peter about. The beyond corporation has hired him to be Spider-man after acquiring the trademark to the hero from the now defunct Parker industries (the company Otto Octavius began when he was in control of Peter’s brain, when Peter regained control he totally tanked the company and had to sell off all the assets although he was unaware Otto had trademarked the Spider-man name). Ben came to tell him that he wasn’t asking to be a Spider-man but that he will be, like it or not. After all, they both have the same moral code so its not like you can keep him out of the fight. Peter has no choice but to accept it and they go their own ways.

Ben returns to his penthouse in the beyond tower to his girlfriend Janine, who just got out of prison last issue. There’s a pretty nice moment where they take in just how different their living conditions are now from a few years ago until its interrupted by Reilly’s overseer of sorts to partake in some sort of session.

We cut to later as the (typically hulk villains) U-foes are carrying out a mission when Peter arrives on the scene to stop them, he makes a joke about the stench that X-ray carries when they reply that the joke wasn’t funny the first time when, all of a sudden, Reilly breaks through the debris under him. They team up against the villains and hold their own until X-ray let’s out an explosion of ionising radiation, reducing the area to Rubble; as Ben recovers (due to his radiation proof suit) and goes to re-group with Peter he sees that Pete’s been injured pretty bad and as he falls to the ground and blacks out, the issue ends.

Things look pretty rough for Peter but it makes for one heck of a story! Before I talk about anything else I just want to talk about beautiful wrap around cover by comic book veteran Arthur Adams! This cover was jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the solicited covers for the beyond books look incredible, in other news, I loved this book! Pretty sure this is my favourite issue of Spider-man since the red goblin arc in 2018.




I didn’t realise how much the title was coasting until I came out of it and beyond looks like a non-stop thrill rife and I can’t wait!!! I’m pretty sure they had me in mind when they made the series thrice-monthly if I’m being completely honest. Zeb Wells writing was funny, exciting and did a spot-on job of all the characters personalities and the like although Wells is no newcomer to ASM, he’s done several short stories in other spider-books and scripted the awesome storyline SHED back in 2010 with legendary artist Chris Bachalo. Patrick Gleason’s art in this book is really just brilliant, I love the way he draws Spidey but I just have one teeny, tiny nit-pick on the artwork which is that it can be pretty inconsistent. I double checked and he is the only pencilled on the issue but it looks like it can be two different styles at some points. In parts, peter looks in style with Gleason’s art but in others he looks like a 3-d tracing. It’s the only problem I’ve had with his art, I don’t know whether he gets worn out or if he’s just experimenting with different styles but when that’s my biggest complaint with a comic you know it’s good, it’s sooooo good. BUY IT!


10/10

Reviewed by Leo Brocklehurst 14/10/21

The Amazing Spider-Man #71 Review


Review by Leo Brocklehurst 30/7/21

Written by:
Nick Spencer
Artwork by:
Federico Vicentini
Federico Sabbatini
Released 28/7/21 Published by Marvel Comics

SINISTER WAR CONTINUES!!!
Nick Spencer keeps the action on max whilst also giving us some character development, and at the SAME time, keeping us on edge as we see our side plots converging into one big, three year in the making, pay off.


The art (mostly done by Federico Vicentini) has been consistently good these past couple of issues, contributing to the books speedy pace with a cartoonish yet scratchy style. We also see a newcomer in the pages of this issue, Federico Sabbatini. Their art is more kid friendly than Vicentini’s and is reminiscent of the all ages books marvel released in the late 2000’s, not bad by any means however and serves it’s purpose.




The most interesting part of the book is MJ and Mysterio taking a trip through each others history, where we get to see some nice flashback art (by Vicentini). This scene includes some ret-conning when discussing MJ’s therapy in various points of Spidey history. The section culminates in Mysterio leaving MJ in a theatre in order to fulfil his “big scene” in the sinister war. Following this, MJ is approached by Kindred and we are left on a cliff-hanger.


The other plot running throughout this issue involves Harry Osborn (not kindred) and Carlie Cooper trapped in a cell at an unknown location. In this book, the door actually opens and they exit, being confronted by an unknown person or object. Amidst all this, Kindred, hides out in an abandoned ambulance, presumably the one he died in (Which begs the question, after he died in it, did they just leave it in the street? Looks that way in the issue.)


Verdict:

Issue 71 of Spencer’s Spider-man is a pretty solid and exciting read. It leaves the readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the next part of sinister war whilst deciding to focus on the supporting cast.

8/10


Review by Leo Brocklehurst on 30/7/21

The Amazing Spider-man #70 Review


The Amazing Spider-man #70Review by Leo Brocklehurst

Written by: Nick Spencer

Art by: Federico Vicentini


Released 7/7/21 Published by Marvel Comics

“And answers? Well, we’re ALL looking for those, aren’t we? (…) But we may not like what we find when we GET them”.

Spider-man’s latest fixture is a great book that excites and hypes you up for the next big event of Spider-ness. A perfect prelude with raising stakes and a theme of questions running throughout.

The writing by Nick Spencer is able to set the stage for a storyline that feels like it might actually shake things up for once. Hopefully rectifying Spencer’s biggest flaw in his Spidey run: the lack of change. As you read it, it flows great and is fine for fun little Spidey stories that you can relax to but in the big picture, not much has changed. Sure there have been SOME for sure as it’s almost impossible to go 70 issues without changing anything but it has been an incredibly slow rise. Beginning with Sinister war however, things are looking up for Spidey readers and this issue is evidence.

As I said before, the theme of this issue is one of questions. MJ wants answers for Carlie (who is locked away in a cell with Harry Osborn (double bracket whaaat???) in a place we’re not even sure is on earth at this rate) , Carlie wants answers for Harry, Doc Ock wants answers about things taken from him and Spider-man wants answers on just what is going on??
The lizard and Curt Connors have been separated and the sinister six have vanished, escalating worries around the city and on top of ALL of this, it looks like Mysterio is back in town!!

The art in this issue, done by Federico Vicentini has almost a smooth, manga like style and flow whilst also looking messy and rough. I thought it accompanied the fast pace of the book extremely well; rushing to the big BANG to kick it all off and I can’t wait to see how beat up Spidey gets this time around.


Verdict:

Spencer’s final story is about to explode into the stratosphere and this issue is drenched in pure anticipation and fast paced, action packed artwork that is sure to entice readers into Spidey’s biggest threat yet.

8/10


Reviewed by Leo Brocklehurst on 9/7/21


The Amazing Spider-man #69 Review

The Amazing Spider-man #69Review By Leo Brocklehurst


Writer:
Nick Spencer

Artists:
Z.E Carlos
Carlos Gómez
Marcelo Ferreira


Released 24/3/21 Published By Marvel Comics

Spider-mans latest adventure is what you would expect of Nick Spencer, just more and more escalation leading up to the finale. In essence, it’s a cash grab so you can see the ad in the back for the giant sized one shot final parter, not a bad cash grab by any means, but a cash grab. The Spidey team decided to do this with the previous “kings ransom” storyline; an enjoyable story that doesn’t finish in its own book. Its a little annoying but that’s nothing to do with book itself.

The writing (scripted by spencer) is on point, witty and even funny in parts. (The smashing pumpkins joke in particular). The art shares the same rotating cast as last issue and like last issue, to varying degrees of success. Zé Carlos’ work shines especially, it reminds me of the spectacular Spider-man show in the way that it flows so nicely and feels quick and swift.

Carlos Gómez, is a great artist who is unfortunately given the most artistically boring arc of the book. Not to say that the Betty and Ned story is boring, it’s actually pretty interesting but I can’t really fathom it going anywhere except for them both leaving for some quiet place in Europe so that the two characters are taken cate of for a few years and don’t have to be brought back (granted, it would be cool if their baby turned out to be and evil , universe consuming God). The final artist, Marcelo Ferreira is very hit and miss and results in so-so  art that looks a little odd.

With almost all the negatives out of the way, the book is all in all pretty great. The most interesting plot line involving the clairvoyant features a great fight scene where Spidey actually gets his butt handed to him and the villains win. An interesting twist ensues in the form of the Jack o lanterns (along with most of the criminals in the foreigners crime filled casino) turning out to be working for the finisher. This finally ties the Theresa Parker side plot to the clairvoyants and will therefore provide us with a satisfying conclusion in “giant sized the Amazing Spider-man: the chameleon conspiracy” which is unfortunately a separate book and won’t be concluded in issue 70.

This issue was not a stand alone book. It fits perfectly into it’s story and will probably flow better once it’s collected on trade form. All in all, a solid continuation of recent issues that will be enjoyed by Spidey fans everywhere. Check it out!


7/10

Now that this fun little story is over, we will be returning to big picture, life shattering, sinister six filled action in next month’s SINISTER WAR……


Review by Leo Brocklehurst – 4/7/21

The Amazing Spider-man #68 Review

The Amazing Spider-man #68

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artists: Marcel Ferreira, Carlos Gomez and ZÈ Carlos

Released: 9/6/21
Published by: Marvel Comics

The latest instalment of Nick Spencer’s Spiderman run is a real treat for die-hard Spidey fans. The story is exciting and the artists (for the most part) provide excellent work to bring said story to life.

This is the second part of the “chameleon conspiracy” so I wouldn’t advise readers to begin catching up on Spider-man with this issue, but if you’re a regular then this issue is better than its predecessor by a long shot. Spencer continues a few of the plot threads from the previous issues like Betty Brant’s pregnancy and Teresa Parker’s run in with the chameleon and the finisher(?). The finisher being the man that was sent to assassinate Richard and Mary Parker, succeeded but died in the process, or so we thought. It makes for an intriguing mystery that I for one am seriously interested In solving.

 The artwork in this section done by Marcelo Ferreira is probably the weakest in the book, he also does a page or two of the peter/Betty plot line in which some very…. interesting facial expressions are depicted. The rest of the art for the Peter/Betty segment however, pencilled by Carlos Gómez looks great, particularly the hobgoblin splash page. And the reveal of (the real???) Ned Leeds was a surprise for sure!

The main chunk of the issue is a continuation of the clairvoyant plot that has been running for about 30 issues now which has taken centre stage in the past couple of issues, it follows Peter’s ESU partner, Jamie as he attempts to capture a device called the catalyst which will power another clairvoyant that villains Chance and the foreigner are blackmailing him to create. As the heist inside ESU begins in this issue, a welcome appearance from one of the most obscure spider-man villains is made. Slyde! Who made his first (and one of his only appearances) way back in AMS #272. The artwork in this portion, pencilled by ZÉ Carlos, is the best in the book, it looks youthful, fresh and electric. With plenty of poster worthy pin-ups. Of Spidey.

The issue wraps up with Spidey’s intervention in the heist being intercepted by Chance, foreigner and their pumpkin minions. After the main story, we get another tease for this summers upcoming Spidey event, sinister war. This issues back up portrays doc ock recruiting sandman with stellar as usual art by Mark Bagely. Building further anticipation for kindred final assault on our beloved hero. 

Verdict:

All in all, this issue is great, one of Spencer’s best issues since Ryan Ottley’s departure. Definitely a solid pick up with stellar art.

9/10

Review by Leo Brocklehurst 11.6.21