The Amazing Spider-Man #25
Writers: Nick Spencer
Pencilers: Ryan Ottley, Humberto Ramos, Patrick Gleason, and Kev Walker
Inkers: Cliff Rathburn, Victor Olazaba, Dexter Vines, Patrick Gleason, and Kev Walker
Colorists: Nathan Fairbairn, Edgar Delgado, Dave Stewart, and Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn
Variant Cover Artists: Walt Simonson & Laura Martin; Dan Hipp; Ryan Stegman & Richard Isanove; Patrick Gleason & Dave Stewart; Greg Smallwood; Todd Nauck & Rachelle Rosenberg; Steve Ditko & Jason Keith
Side Stories: Zeb Wells, Todd Nauck, Rachelle Rosenberg, and VC’s Joe Caramagna; Keaton Patti, Dan Hipp, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
The Amazing Spider-Man is written by Nick Spencer, with art from Ryan Ottley and Humberto Ramos, and follows the continuing adventures of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
In this jam-packed issue celebrating one year of Spencer’s run on the world’s favorite web-head, Peter and MJ find themselves both in compromising positions. While Peter’s trying to tie up loose ends, MJ tries to save the day on her own, and the clock’s ticking for the both of them. Can they both make it out alive without the other’s help? And what plans has Kindred set in motion for them?
This issue has definitely been highly anticipated, especially since the previous one. We’ve finally gotten more information about the mysterious villain stalking Peter since the beginning of Spencer’s run, and a huge confrontation has been set up. After all this time, all these months and issues building up the conflict between the two has led to this in a sense. What I will say about this issue is that it’s big, action-packed, and gorgeous, with some absolutely great moments for Peter and MJ. However, it’s no doubt disappointing in how it doesn’t deliver on what it builds up.
I want to do a different take on a comic review for this one, so I’ll say up-front right now that absolutely every person involved with this issue did an outstanding job. Spencer, the artists, Caramagna, and all those involved with the side stories and various covers have knocked it out of the park, and this is absolutely a comic to be proud of. As a Spider-Man story, it’s outstanding, and even more so as a Peter and MJ story. There are scenes that are just downright cathartic for them and set the stage for what comes next in an exciting way. The teases for the future stories are absolutely brilliant, and I can’t wait to see where it all leads. As a Spider-Man story and comic, it’s phenomenal.
That being said, it absolutely doesn’t deliver on what’s promised. I could be speaking for myself, but after the previous issue, it feels like a confrontation for this one was inevitable. Especially due to how prominent Kindred has been featured last issue, as well as this one. What does unfold in this issue is more or less just more teases for the future, and while I definitely love seeing some plot seeds planted, that feeling of payoff is sorely lacking. Try as I might, it’s hard to not let this impact my feelings about the comic overall, and the fact that it doesn’t look like we’ll see Kindred for a good while again makes me worried about what will happen once they do reappear. I won’t delve further into the details, but it’s safe to say I’m genuinely concerned about where the story is going.
Overall, I definitely think this issue on its own is stellar, but it’s hard to get past how it doesn’t pay off what was built up. I don’t know how long it’ll be until the plot comes back into motion, especially with Absolute Carnage on the horizon, but I’m hoping it’ll be sooner than later. Whatever happens in the future, I can only hope it’ll be truly amazing.