A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy (The Amazing Spider-Man #6 Comic Review)
The Amazing Spider-Man #6
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciller: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Carmagna
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artist: Paul Renaud
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.
Things seem to be somewhat back to normal for Peter Parker, whatever that term may mean for him. He’s whole again after being split in two by the Isotope Genome Accelerator, his relationship with MJ is going well, and things seem to be looking up for him overall. However, there is one problem staring him in the face, one by the name of Fred Myers, AKA the super villain known as Boomerang. The kicker is, Myers is Peter Parker’s roommate, and gives him more headaches than you can shake a web at! As Peter finds himself getting roped into Myers’ affairs, can he find a way to stop him? Or, could he maybe learn something from him?
After last issue’s insane conclusion, I definitely liked how this one is much more relaxing and comedic, giving us a chance to catch our breaths. We get to know Fred as a character more, which I’m definitely happy about, because I love the way Spencer has been using him in his run so far. The banter between him and Peter works really well too, and shows that Fred has more redeeming qualities than we, or even Peter thought. The reveal of where Fred takes him to is beyond brilliant as well, and from that point until the end, the writing is completely gold.
I’m not sure why Ryan Ottley didn’t pencil this issue, or seemingly the next one either, but Humberto Ramos is always a win. His work keeps on improving as the years go by, and he’s definitely come a long way. I definitely look forward to him illustrating the forthcoming issues, as he’s definitely one of the best Spider-Man artists out there.
Since this issue is a bit more easy-going, giving time for more character development, I’m greatly disappointed at the lack of Mary Jane here. The big selling point about Spencer’s run to me, and a whole lot of other people, was the fact that after the travesty of One More Day, and the ten long years that followed, Peter and MJ are finally back together. And so far, Spencer has been doing a great job of writing and developing the rekindling of their relationship, he’s proven so in the first three issues. Here, however, she’s only in one brief scene in the beginning, and just kind of disappears from the rest of the story. I really do hope that she gets incorporated more in the upcoming issues, because her character is far more than just being Peter’s girlfriend.
Overall, I enjoyed this issue a lot, and it serves as a nice cool-off from the Back to Basics story arc, while also starting a new one. It has a lot of good comedic moments, some great art from Humberto Ramos, but I could definitely do with more MJ next time. Regardless, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where this new story arc takes the web-head!
Summary A good tension-breaker for the web-head, with lots of well-done comedy, art, and character moments, but needing a bit more from the latter.