10/02/15 | by Chris Schnedler
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Comic reviews, Reviews
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Ever read a comic that really makes you understand and feel for the hero on a wholly different level than the classic tragedy backstory? I think the last time i read a Spidey comic that really got to me on an emotional level was back in the Ultimate “Death of Spider-Man” arc from 2011. In this new issue of Amazing Spider-Man, slott takes advantage of the web-slinger’s long history and flawlessly blends it in with the new dynamic of the Amazing series. That, along with Camuncoli’s art that fits the feel of Amazing Spider-Man so beautifully, puts this comic on my list of must-reads.
The book opens up with the all-familiar Peter Parker attempting to calm Parker Industries’ major investors over the attacks from the seemingly silly bad-guy group known as ‘Zodiac’, but after a couple of pages, Slott eagerly begins to show off all the new toys spidey’s got thanks to his company’s success. He and Prowler are on a mission to get back the webware watch that Peter threw to the Zodiac in ASM #1. Not only do they both have fancy diving suits on, but they’re riding in a Spider-Submarine of sorts called the ‘Hydro-Spider’. Slott is clearly trying his best to bring back the vehicular days of Spider-Man.
Right in the heat of the guerrilla attack, Spidey and Prowler get found out by what appears to be the higher-ranking Zodiac members. They end up giving the duo a decent fight, due to the fact that Spider-Man is relying a little too much on his new suit’s bulletproofing, and not as much on his spider-senses. Nevertheless, they win the brawl, but not before one of the Zodiac bosses sends Parker Industries files to all the other Zodiac bases for decryption.
Then they hit you with a bad memory from way back in the ‘Ends of the Earth’ story arc. Spider-Man and Prowler are running out of the base to escape the self destruct, and Peter explains that they have to bring the two Zodiac grunts he’d webbed up earlier with them. The panel after that is the scene depicting the death of Silver Sable at the hands of the Rhino from the Ends of the Earth. This really hits you with the realization that despite making it big and suffering so much, Spider-Man still holds desperately to his ‘nobody dies’ rule. Which reminds us that this is still the same Peter Parker we all know and love.
In short, ASM #2 presents old memories and new dynamics alike, following in the footsteps of the first issue. Slott works hard to solidify a bro-like connection between Peter Parker and Hobie Brown. He even includes yet another twist at the end of the comic that, when compared with issue one, could end up leading to a certain team getting back together. Whatever the case, Amazing Spider-Man #2 does a very good job of setting up for whatever the guys at the spidey office have in store for us, and is just a good read overall.