The Amazing Spider-Man #9
Writer: Nick Spencer
Pencillers: Humberto Ramos & Michele Bandini
Inkers: Victor Olazaba & Michele Bandini
Colorists: Edgar Delgado & Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artists: Clayton Crain; Mike Wieringo, Tim Townsend, and Jason Kieth
The Amazing Spider-Man is written by Nick Spencer, with art from Humberto Ramos, and follows the continuing adventures of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Felicia Hardy, better known as the Black Cat, has pounced her way back into Peter’s life in the only way she could: scratching him across the face. However, after a brief misunderstanding, she reveals she wants to team up with him to get back all the loot the Thieves Guild stole from every superhero. Meanwhile, MJ meets up with an old friend of her’s and Peter’s, inviting her to come meet with a group called the Lookups in order to get a few things off her chest. Can she trust this group with her emotional burdens? And can Peter trust Felicia to do the right thing?
This issue wasn’t particularly what I expected, especially after the cliffhanger of the last one, as well as that cover art that seems to be a comic’s equivalent of clickbait. Although unexpected, this issue was definitely great, and further establishing Nick Spencer as a worthy writer to helm this beloved character.
For starters, seeing Peter and Felicia work together again was a real treat to see, very much akin to The Heist in Marvel’s Spider-Man, although probably with less flirting. This more bitter take on Felicia’s character is definitely fascinating, and I look forward to seeing where she goes in the coming issues of this story arc.
While I praised MJ’s addition in the last issue, her part of the story in this one takes the cake. Everything involving her and the Lookups group is incredibly interesting, and has room for a whole lot of potential. The cameos made by certain side characters in the group are brilliant, as well, and I hope some of them play a role in the future.
Peter is good in this issue, as usual, but I do feel like he’s more of a passenger in the story, just going with the flow. It’s understandable, as this issue focuses more on MJ and Felicia, but it’s still something that bothered me a little bit. Ramos and Bandini do a great job with the art, but it’s incredibly noticeable when a different artist takes over a couple pages, which takes me out of the story at some points. Also, the cover is both incredibly awkward, as well as misleading. After the last couple of issues had incredible and creative covers, it’s a bit disappointing for this one to feel rushed, but since this is a bi-weekly title, I guess it can’t be helped.
Overall, this issue was a great follow-up to the last one, and continues to make this story arc exciting, intriguing, and keeping us at the edge of our seats. It’s always good to see two great characters like Felicia and MJ get a good amount of development, as well as planting in some intriguing lore. While Peter himself and the art aren’t perfect, they’re still very good, and I look forward to what happens after this cliffhanger.