The Amazing Spider-Man #19
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Colorists: Edgar Delgado & Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artists: Lenil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho; Niko Henrichon
The Amazing Spider-Man is written by Nick Spencer, with art from Gerardo Sandoval, and follows the continuing adventures of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
The costumed characters are being slaughtered, and those that are left are desperate to find a way out. As Spider-Man wrestles with the ever-increasing odds stacked against him, Black Cat and Billy Connors attempt a daring escape. As doom looks to be just around the corner, can Peter find a way out of the cage to make sure MJ is safe? And is there more to the hunt than anyone realizes?
Each issue so far has elevated this storyline to a whole new level, and this one is no exception. The weight of each consequence is absolutely felt, and the fears I’ve had about the direction of the story are slowly seeming to be alleviated and proven wrong. What started out as seeming to be just a Kraven’s Last Hunt sequel is slowly turning into something quite different, and I mean that in the best way possible.
While Humberto Ramos took time off from this issue, Gerardo Sandoval does more than enough to fill in for the art. While the aesthetics are pretty similar to one another, Sandoval’s approach is rawer and has a fine amount of grit to it, which works incredibly well for the context of the issue. I especially love the way he draws black suit Spidey, with the eyes being incredibly striking and distinct. I’d definitely be more than happy to see what else he’s got up his sleeve if he’s going to pencil for future issues.
Peter’s character this issue goes through a fine amount of development, especially stemming off of the last issue. Through all the chaos, we get a clear image of how tired, scared, and frustrated he is, especially as things start to come around to bite him. We also get a solid amount of development with Felicia and Billy, which has easily become one of my favorite parts of this story. This situation has put Felicia into a role she isn’t normally used to, and it creates a really emotional and down-to-earth dynamic between her and Billy.
The story itself, while I won’t spoil anything, is shaping up to be much deeper than what would be assumed. I won’t get into the specifics for obvious reasons, but it feels like each issue is drawing us closer and closer to a bigger revelation, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where Spencer takes it.
Overall, Hunted is still going on strong, with no signs of stopping whatsoever. Among all the great art and character development, there’s an interesting story being weaved and teased, and I can’t wait to see where it all leads. If you haven’t jumped on to read this story, now is the absolute best time too!