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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #41 (2018)

Updated: Jun 19

My history with Spider-Man is sort of similar to the one I have with Batgirl. When I first started reading comics, I focused myself on reading the big-names and the books closes associated with those. When it comes to Marvel you don't have a bigger name than Spider-Man, though the Avengers have been giving him a run for his money thanks to the MCU. The very first Spider-Man comics I read were the once around Marvels Original Sin event, where they introduced Cindy Moon AKA Silk to the mythos. I remember liking the comics, but unlike with Batgirl, it didn't really grab me. I've read a fair amount of Spider-related books but mostly starring characters other than Peter, like Miles Morales and Gwen Stacey. It's not that I've got anything against Peter or anything, he just doesn't really 'click' with me. I do make it a point to pick up an issue here or there just to see what Peter is up to, so let's do just that shall we?

Written by Nick Spencer, Pencilled by Ryan Ottley

The book starts off with Spider-Man in the sewer together with the D-list (and that's being gracious) villain Boomerang getting overwhelmed by a horde of creatures called Vermin. In a recap/exposition dump, Spidey lets the reader know how he found himself in this situation. Boomerang, in his civilian persona, his Peters new room-mate (the old Spidey luck no doubt) and through some shenanigans he knows has the location of all the pieces of a mystical, all-powerful artefact in his mind. He and Spidey have been on a scavenger hunt to locate all the pieces before the Kingpin does, hence why they are being attacked in the sewer. Their day goes from bad to worse when they find the piece they were looking for, only to be attacked by some sort of giant monster.

I've got one big issue with this book; it's all set-up while lacking any satisfying payoff. Pretty quickly, Peter starts narrating the events that lead him to the sewer, which I initially very much appreciated. I haven't read Amazing Spider-Man in quite a while so getting a bit of a recap was nice, I could get up to speed. The thing is though, this 'recap' is basically the entire issue save from the beginning and the end. The entire time I was reading this recap I was enjoying it, don't get me wrong, but the longer it went one the more I wanted it to end and for the issue to get on with its story. Some might not mind this approach, it is advertised a the first part in a larger story, but I feel that every single issue of such stories should stand on their own and be a satisfying experience for the reader but this issue. This book apparently didn't get that memo. The exposition does do one thing very well. The book follows up on some very old stories featuring the web-crawler and the mystical MacGuf