In reading the comments for recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man, I’ve come to realize there’s a misconception among you fellow Crawlspacers that, because Avenging Spider-Man doesn’t “belong to continuity”, it’s not worth picking up.  I disagree on all accounts, and although space constraints prevent me from making a proper case for the continuity bit, I hope that through this review you’ll see that this story is far better crafted than anything in ASM right now.  No stunts.  No gimmicks.  No shock tactics.  Just pure quality story-telling.

Avenging Spider-Man #15

Writer:  Cullen Bunn
Art:  Gabrile Dell’Otto
Colorist:  Dommo Aymara
Letterer:  VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover:  Gabrile Dell’Otto

Spidey Team-up:  Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD***

PLOT:  As the Horizon Labs staff sits captured in a cell, Spider-Man, Moon-Boy, and Devil Dinosaur battle through a horde of technologically-enhanced dinosaurs.  Once inside their lair, Moon-Boy leads Spidey to where Devil Dinosaur’s eggs have been taken (yes).  When they find that mad scientist Brainchild is behind everything, he unleashes Demon Dinosaur, a clone of the red tyrannosaurus.  Moon-Boy easily defeats Brainchild to an inch of his life, but the T-Rexes stop their fight, neither one of them having the heart to fight each other.

To protect his identity, Spidey asks Moon-Boy to free the Horizon staff while he goes back to camp as Peter Parker.  He gives Moon-Boy his mask as a memento of what happened.  Moon-Boy’s narration is revealed to be him telling this tale to the recently-hatched offspring of Devil Dinosaur.

THOUGHTS:  Once again, I absolutely loved this issue.  By this point, my initial reservations surrounding the inclusion of Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy (which are Jack Kirby characters, as it turns out) from last issue are completely out of the way, and this comic did not disappoint in the slightest.  Dell’Otto’s art continues to be a wonderful treat.  There are more action sequences this time around, some which are particularly brutal (such as Moon-Boy beating Brainchild to a bloody pulp, or at least it very much looked like so).  Spidey gets roughed up early in the issue, and I found it a nice touch to see his costume ragged and torn as a result.  I didn’t mention it last time, but Aymara’s colouring is very well done and greatly complements the art.

This issue retains the lighthearted tone from the previous one (save for a few key parts).  Spidey quips all the time, and I honestly find myself having a hard time picking my favorites lines, because he’s hilarious.  At no point does he or Moon-Boy fully comprehend each other’s speech, but I loved that our heroes are still more or less able to understand each other via body language.  I think it speaks a good deal of their character.  Spidey is even able to tell from looking at Devil Dinosaur’s eyes why he, um, she is sad after fighting Demon Dinosaur.

The aforementioned Moon-Boy fighting Brainchild moment, while gruesome, comes with a great moment for Spider-Man.  Before the primate can deliver the final blow, Spidey puts his hand on his shoulder and tells him, “That’s enough. He’s had enough.”  He does this calmly, simply trusting that Moon-Boy will understand him, and he does.  He doesn’t preach at him with the whole “No One Dies” thing he was doing a while back.  This scene perfectly exemplifies why Spider-Man is considered the moral compass of the Marvel universe.

Another thing that readers will find refreshing is that Spider-Man actually has some consideration for maintaining his identity a secret in this issue, which is why he asks Moon-Boy (once again through his crude drawings) to release the Horizon staff for him.

FAVORITE LINE:  I absolutely loved the final scene, which I found very endearing:

MOON-BOY:  Before he left, the man-spider gave us a great gift.  He gave us his trust and showed us his true face…the face of a hero.

VERDICT:  Avenging Spider-Man #15 is an excellent conclusion to this two-part story.  Cullen Bunn makes great use of Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy.  He writes a Spider-Man that is not only funny but also noble.  The art is superb.  It is definitely one of the best Avenging arcs.  5 Webheads out of 5.

FREE CODE GIVEAWAY:  I can’t recommend this one enough, which is why I want you guys to have it.  The first one to ask for the code in the comments wins.

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~My Two Cents

10 Responses to “Avenging Spider-Man #15 Review and FREE CODE GIVEAWAY”

  1. #1 Spencer says:

    I’d love the code! :) Awesome review… I’ve been picking up Avenging Spider-Man lately just because of your recommendations. It hasn’t failed me yet! Except for maybe the Captain Marvel two-parter…

  2. #2 Carnagesblood says:

    I’ve been randomly picking up this title and each issue has made me like it more and more. So worth picking up.

  3. #3 NorthernRedStar says:

    Can i have the code? :) good review as well.

  4. #4 NorthernRedStar says:

    Never mind l, late again :p I did not know this series wasn’t “canon”?

  5. #5 Aaron Romero, Jr. says:

    @Spencer – Congratulations! Expect your code soon. And yeah, the Captain Marvel two-parter was so-so, which is why it took me forever to publish.

    @Carnagesblood – It definitely is!

    @NorthernRedStar – Sorry, man. Better luck next time. What I was talking about is people saying this series isn’t “canon” because it’s not being referenced in ASM. I think it’s a silly argument. I need something more concrete than that.

  6. #6 Mike 13 says:

    I’m loving ALL the Spider-Books right now… let’s hope that Morbius keeps it up…

    :)

  7. #7 sthenurus says:

    It’s strange but i’ve found avenging to be more fun and in character latly.

  8. #8 Phantom Roxas says:

    I’ve never seen people argue about this series not being canon. After all, it played a part in The Omega Effect, and it was an epilogue to Ends of the Earth. Can’t people just assume that this takes place in the middle of ASM? This book is also going to be taken over by the Superior Spider-Man later anyway.

  9. #9 Jason says:

    The introduction caught my eye, so I’m leaving a comment. I’m one of those who commented about Avenging being outside the “continuity” or “canon” of Amazing. After reading the second Web of Spider-Man comic series, I was disappointed they were merely stand-alone stories that really had nothing to do with the Spider-Man universe, other than to just tell a story. With funds limited and space to store comics even moreso, I opted not to pick up Avenging because I felt it wouldn’t enhance my reading of Amazing, nor would it leave any gaps in story-lines. I’m certainly not knocking Avenging for the quality of stories that may be told.

  10. #10 TylerBGoode says:

    If Avenging is canon, where does this issue fit into the current timeline?
    Has it really been Pete behind the mask on these last two issues?

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