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.)
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.
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…
The Amazing Spider-man #70 – Review by Leo Brocklehurst
Written by:Nick Spencer
Art by:Federico Vicentini
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.
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.