Spider-Man is having an identity crisis, but that sort of comes with the territory when you have a secret identity. This time, though, he’s literally split between Peter Parker and Spider-Man and last issue he found out if they don’t combine they’ll both die. What kind of Parker luck is this?
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
This is the conluding issue to the first story arc with a big payoff ending if you’ve been following along since the beginning. This is also an issue that hits close to home as far as why Spider-Man (and MJ) are so great.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Spencer knocks a few key character elements right out of the park with this issue. The first is Mary Jane and her attraction not only to the kind man that is Peter Parker, but the superhero who will do whatever it takes to save others. It’s a solid argument made here and it’s one that not only makes Mary Jane look good but makes a lot of sense too. The second involves a moment between Peter and Spider-Man and it’s a kind moment that hits at the core of the duality of this hero. He’s at the same time always miserable with not doing enough, but also chipper and having a great time. It’s a duality that Spencer points out directly and makes for a possible revelatory moment moving forward. We’ll see if Peter changes his outlook on life from here.
This issue is also satisfying as it delivers on giving us a few answers on nagging plot threads as well as closing the door on the split between Peter and Spider-Man. As it stands this is a satisfying issue that should put longtime fans at ease while preparing us for the next big villain Spidey will have to face.
Ottley draws an impeccable Spider-Man. The guy was born to draw him and you can see it in the Peter scenes and in the Spider-Man scenes. Key highlights don’t include those characters though but include the villains in a great scene involving a silhouette that increases the creepy vibes. The Tri-Sentinel continues to look fantastic too and the scale of the robot is never lost no matter the panel.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The conclusion to the Spider-Man and Peter split isn’t very satisfying. It literally drops on the characters and comes way too easily. It’s the sort of conclusion that’s an obvious switch by the creators to get it over with rather than a satisfying explanation. I suppose the conclusion to it is as simple and easy as it came in though.
I’m also not quite sure what the deal is with this new villain Spencer is hyping. First seen in the Free Comic Book Day Comic, the character isn’t very interesting. He’s more of a skulking in the shadows sort of baddie that you couldn’t care less about. Give us more to chew on or give us nothing at all!
Is it good?
A good conclusion because it hits home two very important philosophical elements that make this character so great. Spencer knows this character so well, it’s no question we’re in good hands and Ottley draws it so damn well it’s a wonder he hasn’t been drawing it for decades already.
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