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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Astonishing Art: RIP Tim Sale

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In honor of Tim Sale, who we lost yesterday at the age of 66, I now present just a small selection of his work. Sale’s work on Batman: The Long Halloween helped turn it into one of the most iconic Batman stories ever told, not to mention one of my favorites. But as you’ll see here, Sale’s work went far beyond the Dark Knight. The man could truly do it all, and the industry will miss him tremendously.

Thank you for the memories, Mr. Sale. And for all the truly amazing work.

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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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An Amazing Spider-Man #1 Micro-Review – Romita’s Redemption?

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TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: April 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

John Romita Jr’s work at DC soured me on him for many years. At the risk of being overly harsh, it just wasn’t very good. But I’ll say this much: There’s something about the combination of Romita and Spider-Man that just works. I’m not his biggest fan, but I can’t dump on him much for this issue.

Everybody’s mad at Peter Parker when we open this book, and for jumpers-on like me, it doesn’t do the best job of explaining why. We can chalk it up to the ol’ Parker luck, though. This is a solid first issue.

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Toy Chest Theater: “Spider-Man Three” by Mike Gonzalez

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This shot from Mike Gonzalez feels apropos right now, given all the buzz over Spider-Man: No Way Home. The other two Spider-Men being blurred in the background could very well serve as a metaphor for all the hype about Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield allegedly being in the movie. “Spider-Man Three” is Gonzalez’s caption for the image.

Spider-Man, Mike Gonzalez, Toy Chest Theater

At this point, it’s going to be a pretty big letdown if they’re not in it. But Marvel usually comes through. So I’m not worried.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #1

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #1
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS: Pasqual Ferry, Matt Hollingsworth (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: April 14, 2021

So what if Peter kept his black symbiote costume? That’s the question this book asks, and the answer is pretty much what you’d think it is. Under the symbiote’s influence, Peter pushes things too far.

I’ll say this much: It’s a little refreshing to go back to a simpler time in Spidey’s career. Even if things are about to get really dark.

Weird is it may sound, I appreciate the depth of the black Joe Caramagna uses for the symbiote costume. You stare into it, and it feels like you’re looking into some kind of twisted abyss…

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Weekly Comic 100s: The Amazing Spider-Man #60

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #60
AUTHOR: Nick Spencer
ARTISTS: Mark Bagley, John Dell & Andrew Hennessy (Inkers), Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Bagley, Dell, & Nathan Fairbairn.
RELEASED: February 24, 2021

Mark Bagley is drawing Spider-Man again?!? That’s awesome!

Obviously, I’ve been out of the loop on Spidey for awhile. But it looks like Nick Spencer, no stranger to controversy himself, is journeying into Mephisto/One More Day territory. If they’re not going to restore Spidey and Mary Jane’s marriage, I’d just as soon have them leave that stuff alone. Especially when this issue already has a lot of compelling stuff going for it. We’ve got Peter literally “acting” out his feelings on stage, and we’ve got the revelation of a shocking new alliance for MJ…

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Weekly Comic 100s: Champions #4

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Champions #4
AUTHOR: Eve L. Ewing
ARTISTS: Bob Quinn, Federico Blee (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Toni Ifante.
RELEASED: February 17, 2021

Good issue, with Quinn and Blee killing it on the art. Champions has once again become one of my favorite books at Marvel.

Cyclops helps the team out in this issue. He’s an adult now, but remembers his time with the team, despite it taking place amidst weird X-Men time-traveling shenanigans. I’m not even going to try to figure that out…

The Champions have breakfast in this issue, and nobody makes a “Breakfast of Champions” joke? I mean, that one’s a lay-up, is it not?

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