Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Nathan Stockman
Colorist: Ruth Redmond
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #16
Ahhhh the anxiety-ridden prison that is high school. It’s sophomore year for Annie Parker and she hasn’t quite found her stride yet. Which is hard considering she is the daughter of two spider-powered superheroes.
Peter Parker has just received ANOTHER pay cut from the Daily Bugle. Looks like pictures of the crime-fighting Spider family don’t quite sell like they used to. Luckily for the Parker clan there’s a job opening at Midtown High School for a photography teacher. Unluckily for Annie, that happens to be her high school. Can Peter and Annie Parker both coexist in the halls of Midtown High without Annie being completely embarrassed? Nope. At least not in this issue!
Later, we see a bold Annie make a rash decision when a superhero-related emergency occurs after school. How will Spiderling handle some bad guys solo? Next issue will tell!
Renew Your Vows #16 was a light and fun issue to read. My top moment was when a clearly irritated Spinneret (Mary Jane) had to lay down the mom-hammer hard on Annie and Peter. Writer Jody Houser truly creates great and relatable moments within the Parker family. This, to me, is the element that makes “Renew” so compelling. Each major conflict is tackled TOGETHER as a family. Makes me miss the Fantastic Four! …pour some out for our boy Mr. Fantastic. Hurry back Reed!
The art for this issue is vibrant, bright, and light. Artist Nathan Stockman and Colorist Ruth Redmond keep the book within the “teen and young adult” feel. Which I would think is intentional. Either way, in my opinion, the art is complementary to the story. Both elements make for a fun, light read.