The Amazing Spider-Man #7 (Comics Review)

The last five months have seen some big changes happening to one of Marvel’s longest-running titles. Following on from the end of Dan Slott’s game-changing Superior Spider-Man, the flagship Spidey title The Amazing Spider-Man was relaunched with the return of Peter Parker and we’ve seen the hero go through some major stuff of late, whether it is fighting an Elektro and Black Cat team-up or finding out that someone else got bit by the same spider as he did, and in stepped new female superhero Silk, who is a match for Peter in almost every way, and also a major problem too. It has been a fun five-and-a-half months, and things look to be getting even better with the ongoing Spider-Verse crossover.

The latest issue of The Amazing Spider-Man brings in one of Marvel’s biggest successes of the year, Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, as a guest star and also deals with what has been happening in various realities around the omniverse with the villain Morlun and others killing various Spidey-heroes left and right. Both stories are great fun, as they should be since writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage have worked on them, and the Spider-Verse story in particular seems to have some interesting callbacks to more classic stories and the same vibe as well. And the artwork with Giuseppe Camuncoli is also great, just as I expected it to be.

As I’ve said in my recent reviews of Ms. Marvel, the title has been one of Marvel’s biggest successes this year and as a reader and a reviewer, it gives me immense pleasure to see that so many fans everywhere have taken such a great liking to muslim superhero. Recently the title had its own guest star in the form of Wolverine who was there for a couple issues, and it looks like it is now time for the hero to go guest-star in another book, and with another one of her superhero idols no less.

The premise of the first half of this issue is pretty straightforward: recent crimes in New York have taken on a darker aspect due to a Kree who has taken to wearing the dead Captain Marvel’s (Mar-Vel) costume, and since Carol Danvers is the current Captain Marvel, a hero she loves and admires, Kamala has taken it on herself to resolve things quickly. And this is where Spider-Man comes in, who just got a big talking to from Anna Maria, who has been trying to tell him for several days now that he needs to ease up on his obsession with Cindy aka Silk, and to get his hormones under control and even start accepting the fact that he is not just a superhero anymore but also the owner of a major company as well.

Dan Slott and Christos Gage do some really fun things with this half of the story, and they really capture the nature of both Peter and Anna quite handsomely here. Kamala’s brief cameo is also entertaining, especially when she starts badgering Peter about his once-romantic involvement with Carol Danvers. All silliness aside, the writers do tell a good enough story here about legacy superheroism, but I also wish that the Kamala Khan story had been presented here in full since the first half ends on a frustrating cliffhanger.

Then there’s the second half of the issue where we see Spider-UK of the Captain Britain Corp at the Otherworld, the Omniversal Hub of all Cross-Time investigating the deaths of various Spidey heroes across realities and dimensions. This short story sees the main Spider-Verse story move forward in some interesting ways and I find that I am quite curious as to what kind of a role Spider-UK of Earth-833 is going to play in this reality.

Up until now we’ve only seen various Spidey-heroes getting killed out there, for one reason or another, but this issue is where we really see some actual progress on that front, in a way that we aren’t just seeing Morlun kill his victims, but what kind of an effect the sudden death of so many Spidey-heroes is having on the time-streams. That was really fascinating for me, and I applaud Dan and Christos for going down this specific route, making the readers aware of the larger consequences of Spider-Verse.

Bill Braddock makes for a rather interesting Spidey-hero, one that I find I am very curious about. There are a lot of possibilities open here for the character, but the fact that said character goes down the route he does, there’s a big showdown in planning, and that is something that I really want to see.

The art in this issue is by Giuseppe Camuncoli, with inks by Cam Smith, colours by Antonia Fabela and letters by Chris Eliopoulos. The art is pretty typical of the series, done in the Marvel house-style and I really don’t have any complaints about any of it, though I will say that Giuseppe’s Silk looks quite different from how she usually is, and the colours don’t really seem to do her justice either. Still, by and large the art here is excellent, and that is what matters in the end.

Bring on the next issue with a double tale!

Rating: 9/10

More The Amazing Spider-Man: #1, #2 , #3; (v1) #648-651, #700.1, #700.2.

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Posted on October 14, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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