Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Juann Cabal
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Andrew C. Robinson
Variant Cover Artists: Bryan Hitch & David Curiel
Peter is caught in a bit of a bind. With two orange kids with white hair to look after, his building being stalked by one of the incredibly strong thugs that knocked him out prior, and a mother abducted, he’s gonna need the help of a friend and a detective who owes him a debt in order to get out of this jam. However, the deeper he goes into the investigation, the more questions he has rather than answers. Who are these super-powered thugs that took the mother in the first place? And who exactly is keeping secrets from Peter himself?
Following the first issue’s incredibly strong start for this title, this book proves that it wasn’t just a blip on the radar two weeks ago. Taylor continues to absolutely nail the core aspects of both Peter and Spidey in flying colors, and continues to develop an incredibly intriguing plot with the thugs and the kids.
A certain popular character makes a cameo to help Peter out, and while I don’t want to give away who it is, their inclusion is incredibly entertaining, especially with how the kids react to him. The detective as well was a welcomed inclusion to the story, and carries over the “helping-hand” mantra that this title promised from the beginning. Cabal’s art continues to look stunning as well, and of course Andrew Robinson’s cover is worthy of hanging up on a wall.
I do have a small nitpick though, and it’s mostly just from how I am as a reader, but I still want to address it nonetheless. I may be in the minority on this, but I’m, not entirely fond of seeing citizens being like “yeah, Spider-Man’s not as good as other superheroes.” It makes for good humor, of course, but at the same time it doesn’t feel all that right to me. And yes, that’s been part of the comics for a long time, but I’m not sure why something about it feels off to me here. Maybe it’s because all of the other superheroes now seem to dislike or hate him (see Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2018) for reference), but I don’t know.
Overall, I’m loving where Taylor and co. are taking this story, and I can’t wait to see more, especially because we haven’t had further development with Aunt May’s situation yet. I also look forward to seeing how it crosses over with the Amazing books, if it will at all. This comic is in incredibly good hands, and I look forward to seeing more of Peter helping out the neighborhood!