The Amazing Spider-Man #33
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Patrick Gleason & Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover Artists: Miguel Mercado; Rick Leonardi & Jason Keith
Amid his dazed confusion, Miguel O’Hara tries to escape from ROXXON with the aid of Lyla. However, not everything goes to plan. Meanwhile, while tracking down Chameleon and fighting the Foreigner with his sister, Teresa Parker, Peter finds himself on the opposite end of a gun. And the wielder is none other than Silver Sable herself! What is she doing here, and what secrets does she have up her sleeve? Also, can Miguel escape ROXXON before it’s too late?
The last issue set up a lot of promising stuff for not only Peter’s story, but for the 2099 event as a whole. Miguel fleeing from ROXXON already set up an interesting enough premise, but also, seeing Peter try to help a damaged and vengeful Teresa set up some interesting stories for the future, as well. It shouldn’t come as a major surprise that this issue didn’t have much payoff, only creating more questions and set-up for the event, but still, I was hoping for something a bit more.
To start, as I said in the last review, Gleason’s art continues to shine, as well as Wilson’s colors. Every page looks stunning, and the panel work only aids it, using each one creatively and intuitively. I, personally, am a huge sucker for reflecting/parallel covers, and the one from this issue, as well as the last issue, are no exceptions. They’re both destined to become iconic covers for the two characters in the future, and I can’t wait to see what else Gleason brings to the table in front of and in between the pages.
Peter’s story in this issue is rather interesting, to say the least, especially with all of those involved. Silver Sable’s appearance and story are very striking and bold, but I’m not quite sure if I’m a fan of this direction with her. Time will tell, but as it stands, I’m not fully on board yet. As for Teresa, it’s more or less the same as what was shown in the last issue, but with even more solid confirmation as to what kind of path she’s on. It presents an interesting story and potential rift between her and Peter, and I greatly look forward to seeing where it goes. Also, her last words continue to tease something that Spencer’s been teasing for a while, and I sincerely hope the payoff will be worth it.
Miguel surprisingly gets the short end of the stick this issue, strangely, despite him being the sole Spider-Man on the cover. After the first few pages, we never cut back to him for the rest of the issue, which is strange considering a prominent amount of time passes in Peter’s story. Also, everything else within the story, that I won’t spoil, continues to set up the events of 2099, and while some of it is easy to follow, a lot of it feels like information overload. At this point, I just want to get into the meat of things with this event, and I hope it’ll happen sooner rather than later.
Overall, this was an okay issue and had some genuinely good stuff in it, but yet again it’s just more set-up for an event. It’s been almost two months since we got an issue outside of events, and it won’t be until January that we get another. And again, it’s not that the events are bad, per se, far from it. It’s just somewhat exhausting keeping up with them. I genuinely hope that next year Marvel decides to give the events a break. There’s been far too many, and you don’t want to spoil something special by doing it over and over again.