The Amazing Spider-Man #11
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciller: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley & Laura Martin
Variant Cover Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli & David Curiel; Gabriele Dell’Otto
The Amazing Spider-Man is written by Nick Spencer, with art from Ryan Ottley, and follows the continuing adventures of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Christmas time is here, and Peter tries to spend it as well as he can, even as trouble never sleeps. However, when J. Jonah Jameson, who is now his most vocal supporter, gets an invitation to receive an award from Wilson Fisk, Spider-Man is immediately invited to present it to him without a second thought. If that wasn’t bad enough, someone in the shadows is planning Jameson’s demise on the same night. Can Peter put aside his frustrations to help him? And who exactly has it out for JJ?
Like the Trivial Pursuit two-parter was, this issue and storyline seem to be sort of a “breather” in between the major ones, which I think is totally justified, as well as a whole lot of fun. While the previous issue was incredibly emotional in terms of story and character, this one plays up the laughs and entertainment, and feels like what a holiday special for a Spider-Man show could possibly be, in the best way possible.
Jameson is absolutely the highlight of this issue, and I love that even though he’s now on Peter’s and Spidey’s side, he still acts just how he would beforehand. The jokes and moments pretty much write themselves in this issue, and there’s a genuinely subtle, yet touching moment explaining why Peter doesn’t want him as a partner, or really just a partner in general.
I’m incredibly happy that Ryan Ottley’s returned to pencil the books, as I think his style and character designs are some of the best that Spider-Man’s ever had before. I can’t forget Laura Martin’s coloring either, as she makes the images Ottley sketches pop in an incredibly appealing way. I especially love the cover, and although I kind of wish it was more holiday-themed, it’s still beautiful to look at, as is the issue as a whole.
I don’t really have any valid complaints about this book, especially since it’s meant to more or less be a fun and entertaining Christmas story for Spidey, along with next week’s issue. If you wanna get someone who loves Spider-Man a cheaper present, or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself, I definitely recommend picking this up. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how next week’s turns out as it’s the last one of the year!