Written by: Nick Spencer
Pencils by: Kev Parker
Inks by: John Dell
Colors by: Laura Martin & Andrew Crossly
Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
After all of the recent drama regarding Spider-Man and Disney and Sony, it was kind of nice to get to interact with the character without having to think about all of that. Full disclosure: I haven’t read a new Spider-Man comic book in a long time. I’m largely unfamiliar with Nick Spencer as a writer and I know nothing about what he’s doing with the character. The Amazing Spider-Man 28 is the newest issue in the run and it’s the third part of the story “Who Run the World?” As someone who had no idea what was going on, Spencer does a great job of catching you up to what’s happening and telling the story in an easy enough way where you can pick up what’s going on.
I really enjoyed the emphasis on Beetle and Boomerang and I’m glad that we got to spend some time with their interactions. I love the idea of a super villain that’s also a lawyer, so they can know the law super well and do wrong still without having to worry about doing something illegal because they know all of the loopholes. Beetle comes across as a really capable and intelligent villain and I’m interested in the Sinister Syndicate group. I will say that there’s a lot of having the rug pulled out from under characters and you can never really get a read on what’s happening with certain characters. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for a new reader it could be kind of confusing.
Overall I think Nick Spencer knows how to write a really good Spider-Man and his version of Peter reminds me a lot of Disney’s Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. My favorite part of this issue is hands down Kev Parker’s art. Reminds me a lot of the Ultimate Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 2 that I spent days of my life playing, and that’s my favorite version of the character. I love the art style and it feels the most like a Spider-Man comic should aesthetically. I’ll definitely keep up with the title going forward and since were only 28 issues deep I’ll have to catch up.