The Amazing Spider-Man #10
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: J Scott Campbell; Phil Jimenez & Jason Keith
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.
Spider-Man and Black Cat have found themselves trapped by the Thieves Guild, who will do whatever it takes to make sure they don’t leave with all of their stolen super-loot. As they attempt to fight their way out, MJ makes the decision to air her grievances with the Lookups group, which run far deeper than she expected. Can she start to find some peace of mind? And can Spidey and Cat reconcile their issues as well?
The Heist story arc has been incredibly entertaining and heartfelt, and this issue is the absolute perfect conclusion to it. While there are a few kinks that could’ve been ironed out, Amazing Spider-Man #10 is definitely one of the shining moments of Nick Spencer’s run so far.
Peter, Felicia, and MJ all get equal attention here, and the writing balances the focus on each of them incredibly well. MJ talking about her stressful love for Peter is probably now one of my favorite moments in Spider-Man comics, and while it’s been done several times before, the way it’s done here is incredibly moving, and it gives proper insight into her inner turmoil.
Peter and Felicia’s interactions this issue are done beautifully, and their last moment together in this issue made me incredibly emotional. Without spoilers, the way Felicia goes into how much of a dark place she was in up until this point was somewhat heartbreaking and adds a huge layer to her character. It was a moment that was completely earned and had a long time coming.
The story is very well-done, albeit slightly rushed. The way the conflict resolved was a bit cheap, not necessarily being a Deus Ex Machina, but rather just an easy way to wrap things up. Beyond that, though, the story had its hooks in me deep, and I really wonder where things with the Thieves Guild are going to go from here.
Once again, the art is very good, but like the last issue, it’s very clear which pages are done by Ramos and which ones are done by Bandini. Both of their art styles I definitely enjoy, but it’s still incredibly jarring looking at both side-by-side. It doesn’t make or break the book by any means, but I’m definitely excited for Ottley to be back in the art seat for the next few issues, so we can have one person penciling again.
All in all, this issue was a great conclusion for the Heist story arc, and it wrapped up a few loose ends that have been left straggling for years in an incredibly satisfying way. All the characters got their moments to shine, the story was entertaining, and the art, while jarring, was incredibly good. I can’t wait for the next issue and story arc, and I can’t wait to finally get more clues as to who that creepy bandaged centipede guy is.