Amazing Spider-Man #35
Oh boy, I don't even know where to start. How about the short, short version? Someone tried to assassinate Dr. Doom. Peter is working with someone to develop a machine that can sort of tell the future called The Clairvoyant. Last but not least, the future is changing!!
There’s a LOT of stuff going on in Spider-Man’s life right now. This issue manages to acknowledge all of them but focuses on only one. In doing so, it makes the story of this issue really important and allows for a ton of character development. I believe that one day I’ll look back on and realize that this is the issue that made me really like the character of Teresa Parker. The mystery of who shot Dr. Doom is explored, and even though we saw it, it turns out to be more twisted than we initially thought. Strictly through dialogue, we get some great character development from both Peter AND his sister, but there’s no shortage of action, thrills, and some good old fashioned fistfights. All hallmarks in an exciting comic and all interwoven seamlessly into this comic. Even though author Nick Spencer has been writing this title for a while. He still manages to make things fresh and interesting. As I mentioned before, there’s a lot going on in the Spider-Man universe right now. There’s the 2099 event, there’s Peter’s work with the Clairvoyant and the attempted murder of Dr. Doom. While the main focus is on the assassination attempt, the 2099 event gets a little bit of attention and the Clairvoyant gets a nice chunk of the book. I’m continued to be impressed by Spencer’s work on this book. He seems to have hit the perfect blend of bringing a brand new voice to this character while respecting everything that has come before.
After a big chunk of issues by artist Patrick Gleason, this issue’s art is done by Oscar Bazaldua. Technically, he does a good job. He’s a master at storytelling, layouts, and basic life drawing. He does an awesome job at making superheroes look like superheroes and supervillains look like supervillains. There’s a lot of interrogation in this issue, and he handles it wonderfully. You never get bored with his visuals, even though those scenes are made up of a lot of people standing around talking. And the action-heavy scenes that are portrayed in the book are very well done. If I had to nitpick and name something that I didn’t like about Bazaldua’s art, is it’s simplicity. I love it when an artist draws only things that they need to draw. But sometimes I feel like Bazaldua doesn’t quite draw enough to make some pictures look finished.
A really decent issue. I think the art could've been better, but it doesn't take away anything from the issue.
Amazing Spider-Man #35: Two Parkers Are Better Than Three
Writing - 9.5/109.5/10
Storyline - 10/1010/10
Art - 7/107/10
Color - 8/108/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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