The Amazing Spider-Man #3 Comic Review
Back to Basics Part 3
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin
Variant Cover: Steve Epting
What You Need to Know
Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley continue to break Peter Parker down to build him up as “Back to Basics” continues. Peter’s supporting cast continues to be built up, with characters introduced from Dan Slott’s Brand New Day being used in familiar yet interesting ways. Peter also experiences an event that continues steady deconstruction of his life and his adventures as Spider-Man.
What Just Happened
This issue begins with another strange prologue taking place in what looks like Africa involving a big game hunter and his guide. Meanwhile, Peter enjoys a game of bowling with Mary Jane, Randy Robertson, and a returning Norah Winters. During the game, Norah gets an alert regarding an attack in Lower Manhattan. The attack happens to involve the Tri-Sentinel. MJ asks if Peter needs to leave, but Peter refuses to get involved. Coincidentally, Spider-Man arrives on the scene to stop the Tri-Sentinel.
Peter has an internal monologue that explains the events of the last issue, where Taskmaster and Black Ant attempted to steal from Curt Connors class. Peter explains that during the attempted theft, he was knocked into Dr. Connors’ isotope genome accelerator. The same machine that gave Peter his power’s in the first place. This time, however, Peter is split from Spider-Man. Peter and Spider-Man discuss the situation and run tests on each other to prove that nothing sinister is occurring. Peter and Spider-Man agree to remain separate.
Peter initially struggles without his powers but eventually thinks of the possibilities of a life without being Spider-Man. When Peter visits Dr. Connors’ lab, Dr. Connors explains that not only does the machine split 1 being into 2, but also it evenly distributes that beings attributes. Peter realizes this when he cannot remember the uses of Dr. Connors’ lab equipment. Meanwhile, Spider-Man rewires the Tri-Sentinel and appears to ride it like a rocket, possibly implying that Spider-Man without Peter Parker does not take super heroics seriously.
Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley continue to reimagine Peter Parker, by setting numerous obstacles and bad luck moments in his life that remind us that Peter is at his best as a character who is down on his luck and barely balancing all of his responsibilities. Spencer is putting a fun supporting cast around Peter with MJ, Randy Robertson, and Norah Winters. I’m still not sold on the new role Curt Connors has in Peter’s life. A few years back, Dr. Connors was irredeemable, but hey it’s a comic book and character’s motivations change depending on the creative team.
It took a while for this issue to provide answers to last month’s cliffhanger. Spencer makes the wait worth it with his fascinating and hilarious explanation as to why Peter and Spider-Man can be in the same room together. The banter between Peter and Spider-Man is the highlight of this issue, and about as ridiculous as you would expect.
The art in this issue continues to be great. It feels like Ryan Ottley was born to draw Spider-Man. Laura Martin’s colors really pop in this issue and give this issue an energetic feel.
My only issues revolve around the weird prologue with the big game hunter and his guide. I feel like these prologues are leading to the reveal of a well known Spider-Man villain but I’m not too sure. So far it’s just weird and I wonder where Spencer is going with this. I also felt the Tri-Sentinel was only in this issue as something for Spider-Man to punch. I understand that this issue was focused on Peter’s Personal life, but Tri-Sentinel still felt tacked on.