The Amazing Spider-Man #21
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Gerardo Sandoval
Inkers: Gerardo Sandoval & Victor Nava
Colorists: Edgar Delgado & Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artists: Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho; Casanovas
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.
With no hope and no help on the horizon, Peter believes he’s finally at the end of the road. However, Kraven has other plans for him and has one last final test for his longtime foe to overcome. With an unlikely ally in his midst, and with Felicia and Billy in more danger than before, will Peter be willing to do whatever it takes to save them and stop Kraven?
Each issue of Hunted has been better than the last, and this one is no exception. Everything you could want from a story like this comes into the fold in some way, shape, or form. From action to character moments, to the endgame finally taking shape, this penultimate chapter in the story raises the stakes in every important way possible, and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.
First off, Gerardo Sandoval returns to pencil this issue, and he absolutely does not disappoint. The splash page above and one other page soon after it are both absolutely stunning, and just might be some of the best work any artist has done for the character in recent years. It’s only made better by the combined support of Nava, Delgado, and Arciniega, and I genuinely hope this isn’t the last time this team does art for the character.
Speaking of character, this issue completely gives us everything in that department. Peter, Kraven, Connors, Felicia, and Billy all go through cathartic and life-changing developments and revelations, and I greatly look forward to how they all continue in the future. Connors and Felicia especially are the shining stars of this story, as they both are absolutely willing to do whatever it takes to save Billy, even if it spells for their own doom.
Peter and Kraven have been completely fascinating throughout this story. They’re never really near each other, and never have a conversation, and yet they still keep the focus on their relationship as the hero and villain. The focus on the black suit and the symbol it carries for their history is especially poignant and makes their eventual confrontation all the more exciting. The build-up thus far has been absolutely brilliant, and I can only hope it’ll blow off in a satisfying way in the conclusion.
Overall, this issue is absolutely stunning and engaging through and through and sets up the grand finale in a brilliant way. Every main character gets proper time to shine, with an absolutely perfect story and character moments to boot. It’s been a long, long road, but I can’t wait to see how this story ends, as well as what the future holds for Peter as Spencer’s run continues to go strong.