It’s all come down to this, one big ole fashion Spider-Wooping but this time its not his own. Read ahead and see what waits for us at the end of the What IF Tunnel. Will the Parker’s make it out alive?
WRITER: Dan Slott
ARTIST: Adam Kubert & Scott Hanna
COLORIST: Justin Ponsor
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Caramagna
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Devin Lewis
EDITOR: Nick Lowe
PLOT: Our issue begins with Regent easily disposing of Hawkeye’s resistance. When Barton uses the super secret arrow disruptor Regent easily catches it using his Spider-Sense. Then we cut to Peter having a flashback about all the good times in his life (something that happens frequently in this series) and feeling like he has finally lost. Before Peter can wallow too much however Annie and Mary Jane arrive in the hall of tubes and quickly dispatch a pair of scientists monitoring the supers. After defeating the scientists Mary Jane puts on one of their powersuits, and Annie quickly runs through the hall tearing wiring out of the pods searching for her father. Regent then bursts in super angry about his powers being disrupted to fight Mary Jane and Annie. Peter hears his family in trouble and breaks out of his containment tube. Spider-Man then gets ready to fight Regent and save his family. The two end up on the streets duking it out classic Spidey style. Regent in gaining the upper hand until Annie leaps down and stabs Regent with the remnants of Hawkeye’s inhibitor arrow. This brings Regent down to a more manageable level severing his connection to his power armor. Once Mary Jane joins them the Parkers start to lay a smack down on Regent which goes well until he manages to grab Annie by the throat. Peter breaks off an piece of Mary Janes power armor seemingly planning on giving Regent a good ole fashioned prison shank, however using his keen joking skills he manages to distract Regent enough to knock him out. After saving the day the Parker’s go home and eat a nice breakfast together as a family. Life will continue for the Parker’s happily married til the end of time.
STORY: This issue was what I hoped for when this series was announced. Its fun, interesting, and puts all of the characters in important active roles. The mere fact that Peter, Annie, and Mary Jane work together really shows you how these characters are truly meant for each other. Although it is worth noting that Mary Jane using the power armor at all is definitely killing another superhero locked within the tubes as its revealed the powers slowly eat away at anyone inside them. This is a difficult issue to review because the plot isn’t overly complicated, and it leaves you feeling happy imaging what could have been in an alternate time and place.
If you go through and read my reviews for this series in order you’d really see how my opinion grew and how I was slowly won over by the charming “What If” storyline. Contrary to my initial rantings in my first review this wasn’t a story about how the Spider-Marriage was bound to fail. Instead it was a well thought out meditation on how this story could have unfolded. Am I a fan of all the decisions made within this storyline? No. I still think he didn’t need to kill Venom. In contrast had he killed Regent in this issue I would have totally been okay with it. Compare the levels of actual danger his family is in during both scenes. In one Venom is having a solo fight with Peter with his family watching from afar, in this issue REGENT HAS HIS DAUGHTER BY THE THROAT. However it did lead to a sense of tension within this story, and it shows that Peter understands that killing is not the answer.
The only downside I have within this issue is Regent breaking down in laughter over Peters joke. I mean is it really that funny? Would an all murdering obsessive psycho really break down in laughter as the world falls around him. He seems super somber the rest of this issue, so it seems unlikely that this would occur. This issue further explains with the ending that Doom isn’t well known is it possible that this isn’t even in Battleworld? I mean yes its on all of the Battleworld maps, but other than that do we have any concrete proof this isn’t like a Pre-Secret Wars event? Perhaps Doom hasn’t even created Battleworld yet and this is actually the “Last Days” of a soon to be taken over universe.
Overall I throughly enjoyed Renew Your Vows as a whole, its a fun unique storyline that makes me have hope in Dan Slott once again. This is the Dan Slott that wrote Spider-Man and The Human Torch all those years ago. If this skill and style continues into the new reboot I will be pleasantly surprised. Slott the entire Spider-Fandom has some hope in you once again please don’t waste it.