The Amazing Spider-Man #13 Micro-Review – Spidey’s Helmet

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The Amazing Spider-Man 13, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #13
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The high quality, high octane glider battle between Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin(s) continues in this issue. I was surprised to learn along the way that the headpiece on this version of Spidey’s suit is a helmet. It seems obvious in hindsight, especially when you look at how it appears on the cover to this issue. But somehow I missed it…

Does this issue mark the beginning of the end for Norman Osborn’s attempt to be a good guy? I hope not. I’ve actually come to enjoy this little ride we’re on with him.

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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 #11 Micro-Review – Instant Heat

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The Amazing Spider-Man 11, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #11
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As relatively new parent, scenes where bad guys kidnap or generally mess with little children hit different now. So Hobgoblin got instant heat with me early in this issue.

I’ve been a critic of John Romita Jr’s in the past. But I will say this: He draws a really good Hobgoblin. He gives a great texture to the character’s costume.

Zeb Wells is doing a good job making Norman Osborn sympathetic, like someone who’s trying to genuinely redeem himself. Thus, it’ll be all the more heart-wrenching when he inevitably goes back to the dark side.

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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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An Amazing Fantasy #1000 Micro-Review – Spidey at 60

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Amazing Fantasy 1000, cover, 2022, John Romita JrTITLE: Amazing Fantasy #1000
AUTHORS: Various
ARTISTS
: Various. Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of great stuff here. As is always the case with big anthology issues like this, what stands out usually comes down to a reader’s personal tastes.

I myself was partial to the “Sinister 60th” story by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung, which sees an older Peter Parker get a look at Spider-Man’s legacy on his 60th birthday.

Neil Gaiman also has a story in here that includes a really nice hat-tip to Steve Ditko, the original Spider-Man artist.

Bottom line: If you’re a Spidey fan, you’re bound to find something in here you like.

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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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