The Amazing Spider-Man #20
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorists: Edgar Delgado & Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artists: Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho; Mark Bagley, John Dell, and Justin Ponsor
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.
As Felicia and Billy trying to evade the hunters, and with the Lizard breaking into Central Park in hopes of finding his son, Black Ant reveals the truth about Kraven’s plans to Spider-Man. Can they all stop the madness before it’s too late? And what are Kraven’s true intentions for the hunt he’s put together?
At this point looking back, it’s hard to imagine that I had little to no faith in this event at all. After four main issues, as well as all the HU issues in between, I’d definitely say this was one of the most enjoyable Spidey stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time, and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping in terms of quality.
Humberto Ramos returns to the drawing board after a short break, and while Gerardo Sandoval was a fantastic stand in for the previous issue, this story just feels absolutely complete with Ramos’s pencils. The way he frames each scene, the various expressions on every character’s face, all of them are nailed down incredibly well. I especially love the way he positions and expresses Black Ant, as this issue starts to focus more on his ordeal, as well.
Speaking of which, the character work continues to strengthen in this issue, with Black Ant being a surprising highlight. Throughout Spencer’s run we’ve only seen him act as a generic goofy villain, but here we get to peel back the layers and notice his underlying pain, especially since he used to be a superhero. Felicia continues to shine as well, with her parental instincts towards Billy only growing. Lizard especially is fascinating, as he has been ever since he returned last year. Just seeing Curt Connors in his Lizard form doing everything he can to save his son, especially after the events of Shed a while back, is incredibly emotional, and I look forward to seeing where his story continues.
There isn’t much else to say without getting into spoilers, but in the end, Hunted is quickly picking up steam. I absolutely adore the character work and story development that Spencer is doing, and I hope it only continues to strengthen as the story nears its conclusion next month. Not a whole lot happens in this issue, but I personally think that’s for the best, as the story and characters have been given a lot of development in return. I can only hope that things start to pick up in the next few issues, and that the ending leaves everything off in a satisfying way.