The Amazing Spider-Man #23
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbain
Variant Cover Artist: Daniel Acuña
The Amazing Spider-Man is written by Nick Spencer, with art from Ryan Ottley, and follows the continuing adventures of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Kraven is dead. The hunt is over. Now it’s time for everyone to pick up the pieces. As Sergei’s only son tries to cope with the loss of his father dying by his own hands, Peter tries to rush back to MJ in order to make sure she’s safe. However, what he’ll find won’t exactly be what he expects. What resolutions lie in wait for everyone as Hunted reaches its definitive end? And what lies ahead for them, as well?
The tricky thing about epilogues is how you tie up all the dangling loose ends of a story. Some you wrap up in a neat bow, others you leave open, and some are unfortunately left vague, be them intentional or unintentional. In this issue, we get each type of tie-up: most of them satisfying and effective, but others underwhelming to some degree.
To start off, Ryan Ottley finally makes his return to pencilling this serious, and in spectacular fashion to boot. Something about the way he draws Spidey in the black suit is incredibly striking, as well as how he frames up the more dramatic and emotional scenes. I’m glad that it seems like he’s sticking around for at least the next two issues, as they’re definitely what the story that started with him and Spencer has been leading up to.
There’s not a whole lot to say about the story, as it really acts as like a final chapter in a novel, but it definitely gets the job done and ties things up well enough for the most part. Peter gets a nice ending that leaves the door wide open for the next two issues, and even some other minor characters (who I won’t talk about) get some satisfying endings that could lead to really interesting stuff down the line.
However, some of them are kind of underwhelming. Kraven’s son’s ending is a little cheap, in my opinion, and I can’t say much without spoiling, but it feels like the safe route was taken for him. Felicia, Billy, and Dr. Connors don’t get much of a definitive resolution, as just one page is dedicated to all three of them. Maybe more will be explained soon, but for right now, I really wish we got more from them.
Overall, however, I think this was a pretty satisfying ending to Hunted. The teases for the future are really interesting, and for the most part the characters’ resolutions are solid. It kinda feels like it begs a few more pages, but it’s nothing to really complain about. With what the next story is shaping up to be, the quality doesn’t seem to be decreasing at all, and I greatly look forward to what Spencer and co. have in store and how they pay off the last year of build-up.