The Amazing Spider-Man #12
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin
Variant Cover Artists: Mark Bagley, John Dell, and Dave Mccaig; Adi Granov
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.
Spider-Man and JJ find themselves trapped by some of the worst foes they’ve encountered over the years, most of which were created by Jameson himself! However, they soon stumble into an ethereal gallery of Jonah’s life, detailing all the good, the bad, and the ugly. In order to escape and overcome the villains, including the returning Scorpion, Peter and Jonah will have to learn to let go of the past in order to survive. Can they make it out before JJ’s big ceremony? And who exactly is pulling all the strings behind the madness?
I desperately needed something like this to refresh myself after finally finishing up Spider-Geddon, and thankfully, Nick Spencer hasn’t disappointed. This issue is incredibly fun, heartfelt, and carries on that holiday special vibe that the last one had in excellent fashion.
The beating heart of this story continues to be the relationship between Peter and Jonah, and it continues to be strong and complex. As Peter learns more about JJ’s life, the more he starts to realize that he should leave things in the past, and look towards the future. Jonah as well does his best to move on from his past mistakes, and is even embarrassed by some of them. It not only shows how far they’ve come as characters, but how far the title has come as well.
The art continues to be stunning, and Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin continue to be a power trio. I don’t think I’m ever going to get tired of this art, and I’ll be patiently awaiting for it to return further down the line after the Hunted story arc which will be done by Humberto Ramos. If for nothing else, I’m somewhat disappointed that the issue has nothing to do with the solicitation cover that featured the mystery villain. I don’t want that story to be wasted too soon, but at the same time, I’m way too anxious waiting around for the villain’s big entrance and reveal.
Overall, this issue was incredibly fun, yet also heartfelt and moving. It puts into perspective how far Peter and Jonah have come as characters, and looking back, it’s been a very long road for the both of them. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for everyone’s favorite ranting journalist, and I can’t wait to see what the conclusion of this arc has in store next month!