The Amazing Spider-Man #17
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artists: Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho; Cory Smith & Andres Mossa
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.
With Black Cat and Billy Connors captured by Kraven, Peter races to the last location the Spider-Tracer Felicia sent him came from, all while dealing with a severe and confusing sickness. Meanwhile, Kraven starts to enact his plans for all the animal-themed super-villains, as well as all the hunters he hired. Can Peter get to them in time before things go south? And what exactly are Kraven’s motives for the hunt he’s put together?
While this event wasn’t one I was all that excited about, I have got to admit that they started it off with a bang in this issue. Everything was on point, and finally, it feels like we have clarity for what Kraven’s motivations are and where his story is going.
Ramos once again returns to pencil the event, and he is absolutely the right man for the job. While some don’t like his style, I absolutely love it, and it feels like he improves with every single issue. He has such a fine amount of grit to his character designs and angles that work perfectly for a story like this, and I can’t wait to see what he does for the rest of the event.
As for the characters, there’s some excellent work done here, especially for Kraven and Felicia. While I won’t give away what his motivations are, they slowly become apparent over time, especially in the last few pages. Some might take issue with it and see it as treading old ground, but I find it incredibly fascinating, and I really look forward to seeing where his arc takes him. As for Felicia, her character development in her side story was good enough, but at the get-go, we get some fantastic development between her and Billy Connors that I hope to see continued as the event unfolds.
Peter’s story is really intriguing for me, but also has me worried for the future beyond Hunted. There’s some foreshadowing of things to come much down the line, those who are reading will probably know what I’m talking about, and I hope it doesn’t end up being the worst case scenario. I trust Spencer’s writing as he’s already won me over for this event, but even so, I’m still somewhat worried.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic start to this event, with some great art, writing, and character development. The story’s still not entirely clear yet, but it’s definitely getting there. Felicia and Kraven have some really fantastic and much-needed character development, and while Peter’s arc has the least happening, it paves the way for interesting things to come. It’s absolutely safe to say that this event will not be one you want to miss.