The Amazing Spider-Man #12 Micro-Review – Sympathy For the Devil

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The Amazing Spider-Man 12, cover, 2022, Hobgoblin, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #12
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love the idea of a glider fight between Spidey and Hobgoblin. To this issue’s credit, it really delivers on that idea.

So it’s been 12 issues now, and we have yet to really follow up on the revelation from issue #1 about Mary Jane’s family. Is that a let-down? Or is it simply long-term storytelling? Maybe both?

Norman Osborn seems to get more and more sympathetic with each issue. Zeb Wells deserves a lot of credit for that. It’s not easy to have sympathy for the devil. Even when he’s not acting like the devil…

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The Amazing Spider-Man #10 Micro-Review – The Gwen Stacy Trick

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The Amazing Spider-Man 10, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #10
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Nick Dragotta, Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Menyz.

RELEASED: September 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

No, it’s not really Gwen. It’s Peter’s…memories of her? Or a vision of her? I dunno. This issue ties in with a bigger story Marvel is doing with the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals.

I’m not even that big a Spider-Man geek, and even I know that “the Gwen Stacy trick,” i.e. bringing Gwen back to try and pop a sales number, is beyond played out. I can’t even say this is a bad issue. But the stunt with Gwen feels so cheap that it practically ruins the issue. For me, at least.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #9 Micro-Review – Cut Me a Slice of that!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 9, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #9
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Patrick Gleason, Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Menyz.
RELEASED:
September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Patrick Gleason drawing both Spidey and Wolverine? Cut me a slice of that!

I wasn’t overly thrilled to see the X-Men in this issue, as I find their line of books is as impenetrable as ever for me as a novice to the mutant world. But still, having Spidey and MJ attend Krakoa’s Hellfire Gala is a fine way to bring them together.

Spidey wears a red and black suit to the affair, which apparently doubles as his equivalent to formal wear? I never knew he had a “black tie” costume…

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The Amazing Spider-Man #8 Micro-Review – High Altitude, High Velocity

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The Amazing Spider-Man #8, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #8
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 24, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As I’ve indicated previously, I really dig this cover. It’s the best Romita has put out for this series thus far.

There’s a cool high altitude, high velocity struggle between Spidey and the Vulture in this issue. Very enjoyable, and again, some of the best work Romita has turned in since he returned to the character.

As this new dynamic between Peter Parker and Norman Osborn continues to progress, I keep coming back to that “so smart it makes you dumb” quote about Peter from issue #2. This is not going to end well…

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Epic Covers: Spidey as Green Goblin?!?

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Over in The Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey’s getting some tech help from an extremely unlikely source: Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. Thus, the very Goblin-esque look he’s sporting on the cover of this week’s ASM #8.

I like this cover by John Romita Jr. (with Scott Hanna on inks and Marcio Menyz on colors) because it creates instant intrigue. In giving Spider-Man visual traits that line up with his arch nemesis (the glider, the green lighting and…is that the Spidey version of a pumpkin bomb?), the reader instantly has questions about what’s going on. Thus, a desire to open the issue.

I’ve been a critic of John Romita Jr’s in the past. But this one is a winner, right here. Easily the best cover of his to come out of this new ASM volume thus far.

The Amazing Spider-Man #8, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz

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The Amazing Spider-Man #7 Micro-Review – Gearin’ Up with Gobby

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The Amazing Spider-Man 7, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #7
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Apparently, Spidey is about to get some tech help from Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. “So smart it makes you dumb” indeed…

Wells seems to add Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, to Peter’s supporting cast in this issue. I can’t bring myself to complain about that.

Romita gets to draw the Vulture here. While I’ve been pretty critical of his work in the past, he’s undeniably one of the more iconic Spidey artists of all time. So any time he gets to draw a classic villain like that, it’s a treat.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #900 Micro-Review – Love For Libraries

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The Amazing Spider-Man 900, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #900
AUTHOR: Various
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, & Marcio Menyz.
RELEASED: July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

One of the back-up stories in this oversized 900th issue is about Peter Parker returning overdue books to the library. As the husband of a librarian, I appreciated that one.

Another back-up is about Spidey meeting Jimmy Kimmel. So there’s that.

This issue is filled to the brim with great work by great creators. But selfishly I gravitated toward Ed McGuinness, who draws the main story in his exaggerated and cartoony style. He gets to work on not only Spidey, but his supporting cast and several classic villains. This one is pricey, but worth it.

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An Amazing Spider-Man #4 Micro-Review – Blood and Authenticity

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Amazing Spider-Man 4, cover, 2022, John Romita JrTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #4
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Spidey is bleeding from the face in this issue, and naturally, the blood soaks through his mask. It looks a little splotchy in certain panels. But I appreciate the idea nonetheless.

Zeb Wells is as good as any author I’ve read in recent memory at writing the “Parker luck.” In other words, the weight of Peter’s responsibilities bearing down on him, and how he struggles (and often fails) to balance them all. It makes for a product that feels very authentic.

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An Amazing Spider-Man #3 Micro-Review – When Spidey Begs…

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The Amazing Spider-Man 3, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #3
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I knew next to nothing about the villain Tombstone coming into this issue. Coming out of it, I feel like I know him fairly well. Wells, Romita, and this creative team put him over like a million bucks here. After all, not every villain can make Spider-Man beg…

The beating Spidey takes in this issue has a certain grit to it that reminded me a little bit of Kick-Ass, another book of Romita’s. In this instance, that’s a good thing.

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An Amazing Spider-Man #2 Micro-Review – So Smart He’s Dumb

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #2
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In this issue one of Norman Osborn’s grandkids says something to Peter that’s pretty spot on…

“Grandpa says you’re so smart it makes you dumb.”

No Mary Jane in this issue, which is a little disappointing when you consider the big revelation we got last issue. Not to mention the cover. But I can chalk this one up to having patience with the story Wells is telling. Thus far, this feels authentically like a Spider-Man tale.

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