The Amazing Spider-Man #13
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colorists: Laura Martin & Andrew Crossley
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley & Laura Martin
Variant Cover Artist: Phil Noto
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.
In this conclusion to the Lifetime Achievement storyline, the Big Man is back to wreak havoc on the lives of Spidey and Jameson, but things aren’t entirely as they seem. As it becomes more and more apparent that there’s a history between this new evildoer and Jonah, his morality is shaken to the core. Just who is the one taking on the Big Man moniker this time around? And what exactly to they want with Jonah?
I have been thoroughly enjoying this brief story so far, especially as it’s been focusing on and developing J. Jonah Jameson as a character. This new development has been one of the best decisions made for the comics, and diving deeper into it is more than welcome. After reading the conclusion to this story arc, I’m happy to say that it lived up to my expectations, and hit me pretty hard emotionally.
Without a doubt, this is Jonah’s shining moment as a character, and seeing him come to terms with all the things he’s done is incredibly powerful and emotional. His conversation with Peter near the end (and the scene following it) might just be one of my favorite Spidey moments ever published. All the tension, bitterness, and respect between these two characters just pours out beautifully, and I look forward to seeing where JJ goes in future stories.
The reveal of who the new Big Man is was also done incredibly well, and tied in perfectly into Peter’s and Jonah’s stories. I don’t mean to say it as if it were the most gut-wrenching Spider-Man story in recent memory, but it was incredibly impactful, and allowed for Jonah to come full circle with all of his grievances and mistakes, and I can’t say any more without spoiling.
Ottley’s art remains to be solid and beautiful to look at, and I’m definitely upset that he’s leaving for a while again. I don’t know how long for, especially because the big Hunted storyline is coming up which will be penciled by Humberto Ramos, but I do hope he’ll be back, especially for whenever we get more development on the new mystery villain.
Overall, this issue was a fantastic conclusion to an incredibly funny, endearing, and emotional story arc for the web-head. I absolutely adore this new J. Jonah Jameson, and I hope he’ll be back sooner than later. I’m not too sure what the next few issues before Hunted will be about, but even so, I can’t wait to see what’s next for our favorite wall-crawler!