amazing Spider-Man 17
My interest and love of Spider-Man, as a DC and British comics only fan (punisher marvel uk reprints being my intro to Frank castle which is why he was an exception as a marvel character), began with the legendary animated series of the 90s.
I bought it on a vhs tape I picked up for a fiver from one of the Glasgow comic and card marts, put together from recordings from tv if memory serves correct.
It’s what I think of when I think of Spider-Man at his best and this very issue reminded me very much of that show.
Slott’s run has been somewhat problematic for me over the duration - although I know this is going to go down as the greatest run of Spider-Man ever, I have a few issues with Slott’s (who is a great writer) dialogue disrupting the flow of the story too much (just like I did there, and am doing again now. Annoying, isn’t it). I noticed it especially where I was reading more than one issue at a time.
This problem kinda faded as I got used to his style over time and I want to be picking up a monthly Spider-Man book again so I’d bit the bullet and just started picking them up digitally.
Problem being that from the relaunch, the comic hasn’t been hitting the heights that it has managed consistently over the last few years.
However, there has been a really big leap in quality from the start of this Dead No More prelude, of which this is the second part - I was minorly cynical about this whole event, but to be honest after reading the last 2 issues I think this is going to be a fun storyline.
This issue perfectly balanced a handful of villains, while ushering in the event and bringing in some good characterisation along with it. I also ended up very nervous for the safety of a character I know very little about. He did a lot with this 20 or so pages and Silva’s art was also very nice. I actually prefer him to the regular artist.
If you have any interest in the Dead No More event or have been looking to pick up Amazing Spider-Man again, this is probably a good time to check it out, starting from issue 16. It’s a fun superhero book.