The Amazing Spider-Man
Spidey and Black Cat go on a romantic weekend getaway, and somehow Mary Jane being there is the least of his worries! Feeling a familiar rumble the duo investigate and discover a secret club for tech nerds to rent out seized supervillian tech. When "mysterio" is killed things turn sour, to the surprise of no one renting a supervillians gear goes to some of their heads. Oh well, you know what they say, with great power comes no accountability!
On the heels of Dark Web we receive a filler issue written by Joe Kelly. This in and of itself is not my favorite turn of events. I like that the rental business ties back to tombstone, which works within the earlier issues of this series; otherwise, this issue falls a bit flat. To receive ANOTHER substitute sinister six (a less good one, no less), two points after the demon version and a few issues after the real deal feels uninspired, and the ending heel turn is met with a sigh rather than excitement.
I don’t like Joe Kelly’s dialogue; at one point, Black Cat slut shames the fake white rabbit, which rubs me very much the wrong way.
He also seems to like splitting up narration boxes between sentences, making them feel overabundant. However, that could be Joe Caramagna, but he’s usually rock solid, so if I had to guess, I’d guess with was writer related.
The art by husband and wife team Terry and Rachel Dodson is stellar, and I like the flowy style, which sells a romcom setup to a superhero tale. Sparing the use of black ink in specific panels gives it a glow akin to the Vaseline filter used in old romance movies all the time and elevates the art to almost painterly levels.
The cover by John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, and Marcio Menyz is excellent. I like the dynamic action of it, and the background color is eye-catching.
A pretty issue to look at that doesn't do much for me.
The Amazing Spider-Man #19: Timeout!
- Writing - 5/105/10
- Storyline - 5/105/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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