Wow! It seems like only a week ago we were reviewing the last issue of this title. My how time flies.
I’ve been looking forward to this issue ever since they released the image for solicits. If we are to believe this cover, then this issue will be loaded with story: Miles Morales, Iron Man, MJ, and Regent. While I’m not particularly in love with Regent I could put up with him especially if he can bring up to Peter the version he knew where Peter and MJ were happily married with a daughter.
The last three issues were better issues than what we have been getting, but can it last? One of the reasons they were better seemed to be that Peter Parker was, for all intents and purposes, was not really in the comic. With MJ coming in, he will have to be.
So what will the issue be for us? Will be Slottastic or Slotthetic? Plus, this issue is released on Star Wars day. I’m going out on a limb here (I’m writing this opening BEFORE reading the book) and saying that there is NO WAY we get through this without some sort of Admiral Ackbar reference or something similar. Somebody at least is going to say, “I have a bad feeling about this.” Plus I’m also predicting that Regent will go down with a Miles Morales venom blast.
You know you want to find out if I’m right – click the READ MORE!
The Devil in the Details
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker: Cam Smith
Colorist: Merte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Editor: Nick Lowe
Published: May 4, 2016
The Story – Pay Attention, This Will Be on the Test
Peter and Harry talk before a big Uncle Ben Foundation charity drive for rich people. MJ shows up with Tony Stark. Tony and Peter trade comments. Liz shows up. She’s quite witchy toward Harry, but only to get him out of the way before her secret plan in enacted. Just in time, too, because just as Peter makes a bad joke about rice, Liz’s secret plan is enacted – the Ghost shows up to sabotage Parker Industries again. Peter suits up. Tony suits up. They argue over who will fight the Ghost. The Ghost taunts them. They team up and beat the ghost. Regent is collecting bad guys in a prison because he wants all of their powers out of revenge for super powered people being linked to the death of his wife.
Wait – did I miss something? Where are the New Avengers? My cover clearly states:
Yet, my copy has no Avengers. If it was something that was only in a print issue, I’m going to be extra mad because my digital copy costs me as much as a print issue.
I have mixed feelings about this issue. My biggest concern was that Peter would not be written like Peter; however, Slott does a good job portraying the character as I think a rich Peter would act. I have not been reading much that is not ASM lately, so I am not really up to date on where the rest of the Marvel universe is after Secret Wars, so I do not really know if Tony is just baiting Pete or if he really doesn’t remember him living in the Avengers mansion after the mind wipe.
I read Renew Your Vows and enjoyed them. Regent seemed pretty much like a What If villain, which is essentially what the whole Secret Wars turned out to be. I think his move into the 616 universe seems to be smooth. He has a new motivation to get super powers. Was that flash back scene from Civil War or just a generic Avengers battle?
Plus, I’m really pissed about the cover lie. Sure, I’m used to the cover having a misleading picture on it, but this goes beyond that.
Quite a few things, actually. Peter’s conversation with Harry flowed well and we get some character development of Harry Osborn – excuse me – Lyman. I particularly enjoyed Peter mentioning Aunt May’s wedding and Harry responding, “Was not invited.” Also, when Tony refers to him as Osborn, only to be corrected that it is now Lyman, Tony says, “Not much of a disguise,” to which Harry responds, “not meant to be.”
The Uncle Ben rice joke fell flat, was supposed to fall flat, was not over explained, and therefore gave me a believable moment. Harry telling Peter that he is not funny didn’t come across as a Peter-is-a-loser moment, but rather two friends ribbing each other.
Tony and MJ’s interaction seemed spot on. Makes me sad not to see Peter and MJ have that same relationship.
The page where Peter and Tony both suit up in different fashions looks really good. This is an excellent blending of writing and art, which is what comics are all about.
Finally, Iron Man stealing the Ghostbusters joke and getting praise from everyone really felt like classic Spidey back when everyone would praise the Torch and call Spidey a menace. The “earn money at home” comment on the You Tube panel was particularly funny.
What, you mean besides the top left portion of the cover? Well, quite a few things.
The art is a big failure – at least when it comes to faces. Mary Jane is rather blah and could be any read head person. In fact, Pepper Pots is shown at the end of the comic and there isn’t much difference. Peter is still unrecognizable to me, and poor Harry – those check bones jut out so stinking far! Camuncoli can draw a good superhero, but I am just not digging his people faces.
We have a new letterer, but the recap page has the same old grammar mistakes, leading me to believe that maybe the letterer doesn’t have anything to do with those letters.
What’s Liz’s motivation for sabotage? They are no longer in competition for the prison. This makes no sense to me. I know she is a cunning and witchy sort of woman (a Lady Macbeth wanna be of the Spider-Verse), but this seems ill conceived to me. Plus, the Ghost? Again?? O.K., I know Slott wanted to get a villain that both Spidey and Iron Man have fought, but it just seemed… I don’t know… done already.
And Spidey knows every pop culture reference, but not the Resse’s one? At least it wasn’t dragged out with an unnecessary explanation.
And a bit nitpicky – Regent’s plan to siphon all the powers. Well, wouldn’t these villains still have lawyers and family that wanted to see them and fight for their rights? There was a pretty good Spide story that had Nitro in it and the point was that they were legally unable to keep him locked up in gas tanks. His daughter and lawyer got him out. I’m willing to overlook it because, you know, comics, but it just seems like a hole in the idea.
Was I right about the Star Wars reference? Nope. No extra credit for me. However, I’ll give each of you a bit of extra credit (redeemable from any high school teacher or college professor, guaranteed) if you can weigh in on a little dispute I’m having with my friend Mohammed. Which is better, Camuncoli’s blah plain Jane Mary Jane or Erik Larsen’s strumpet* version?
Weigh in below.
Why? Well, it left me neither hating it nor excited about the next one. I was so ready to enjoy it that I’m really disappointed at the end product. The cover lie, though, almost made me drop it to a D.
What grade do YOU give it?
Things aren’t going well between the Amazing Spider-Man and the Invincible Iron Man and their conflict is opening the door for Regent and his plan against our heroes!
Now that Regent has started imprisoning HEROES and stealing their powers things have gone from bad to worse.
And if this grabs your interest, I’m sorry to inform you that you’ll have to wait until June 1st to get it. Yep. Two issues in consecutive weeks then a month of waiting. Who exactly is behind this release schedule anyway? Despite those grumblings, the cover looks pretty awesome, though. Can we dare to hope to actually see this in the comic?
* Strumpet is Shakespearean for slut. Don’t believe me? Just read Othello! Comic books = culture.