Spider-Man goes fishing, so get out your bait, and see how big of a catch you can get.
Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks: Cam Smith
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Nick Lowe
PLOT: The issue begins with Peter Parker at a shareholder meeting, his Shareholders are upset about the recent attacks by Zodiac and are requesting all their efforts be put into stopping their attacks. Peter assures them they are doing all in their power. Later that night we see Spider-Man, and The Prowler using a new Spider-Submarine to track down the stolen webware device from last issue. They covertly manoeuvre themselves throughout the complex sneaking quietly to the location of the hidden hardware. Throughout their infiltration they take down two guards, and we are treated to a variety of flashbacks explaining the new technology being utilized to sneak into the base. Once they get to the area where the webware is being tested on they swing into action resulting in a fun but rather short fight scene. Before Spider-Man can grab the hardware one of the Zodiac leaders transfers the secret data to all other Zodiac bases, and sets the base to self destruct. Spider-Man manages to retrieve the webware, and save the two guards before the base self destructs. Once out of the base Spidey contacts Nick Fury revealing that they had used the transfer of data to locate all of the Zodiac bases around the world. The issues ends with a short scene of Rhino outside of his costume drinking in Guatemala, a man approaches him with a proposition but Rhino is vehement about being out of the game. That is until his wife Oksana is revealed to be alive making Rhino agree to do anything the man asks.
STORY: This issue is fantastic, it has a very simple straightforward plot, and achieves everything it sets out to do in a concise manner. Its a one and done story that manages to tease future events further down the line. It also follows up on plot beats I hadn’t expected Slott to return to. It seems like they are finally addressing the Rhino sequence from Ends Of The Earth which is exciting. The Prowler is my favorite Spider-Man ally so I am really enjoying the team up aspects the book has showcased thus far. The status quo change seemed to be well worth it.
The new Spider-Man status quo has led to some excellent James Bondian moments that are extremely enjoyable. Peter using the hologram humpback whale was creative, and enjoyable. Slott really manages to land all of the dialogue in this issue excellently. All of the tertiary dialogue from normal goons are by far the stand out of the issue. I would love for Slott to write a storyline just about the goons because he captures the mundane moments of being a villain very well. The whole Zodiac schtick works extremely well, and I am surprised that its a concept that hasn’t been tackled before. It fits well with the marvel universe, and gives Peter plenty if things to joke about in the issue. The only negatives in the book for me were the Flashbacks which were only a single panel, but I still felt that most readers would have been able to figure the device out without the explanation, and the foolhardy fighting style of Spidey. At one point in the book Peter allows himself to get hit by a rogue Zodiac shot because of his Spider-Armor. This leads him to lose the battle with the Zodiac general, so its not as if Slott doesn’t realize the character is being pointlessly foolhardy. Still it seems odd that he would ignore his Spider-Sense in such a high stakes situation. If something goes wrong under there a lot of people could die.
It’s worth hypothesizing who Rhino is meeting up with at the end of the issue. The man in red is not immediately recognizable. He seems to know who The Rhino is, as he uses his real name, and of course rewards him with his wife. With the wifes reappearance one could easily assume we may be dealing with Miles Warren as he is known for his cloning shenanigans. Personally I hope this is someone either New, or very old that we haven’t seen in a while. Who do you think the man is, and how do you think the Rhino lived?
Overall this a fun, and funny book. It is a little difficult to do an indepth review because its a simple story. This won’t change your life, but it should bring a smile to your face, and remind you of some classic Marvel cheesiness.