Sunday, 19 December 2010

Spider-man Big Time



The new regular team of Dan Slott & Humberto Ramos are 3 issues in to their tenure on The Amazing Spider-man. Consistency of art & plot already already making this a much more enjoyable read than the ever changing roster of creatives the title has had over the last few years.

Humberto Ramos I know mostly from his run on Spectacular Spiderman 2003/2004 and for Revelations with Paul Jenkins. He has a very distinctive style - a good feel for action, and facial expressions, and clever panel layouts when required.

Revelations - art by Humberto Ramos

Spider-man deserves a regular big name artists and has suffered for not having this. Hopefully Ramos will be around for a long run and can really get into this.

Dan Slott has been around plenty of titles, and has written a fair few Spider-man issues over the last few years. Again hopefully a long and steady uninterrupted run on the title will work out. I'm not quite convinced he has the balance right between humour and gravitas quite yet but this should sort itself out.

Some of the pathos that has been missing recently returned, as Peter Parker took up a new job as a scientist, making his Aunt May proud after all these years:


Of course this new job brings new work colleagues - one or two of who are bound to end up super criminals...

The story arc also re-introduced the original Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley, only to have him decapitated 4 pages in, by new Hobgoblin, Phil Urich (Nephew of Ben Urich from The Daily Bugle). Phil also hangs out at the Daily Bugle and seems to have a thing for Norah. I think Norah likes Peter though, but Peter is now dating Carlie from NYPD. It's complicated...

Hopefully with the now regular team all the sub plots will be properly explored.

So far so good. Now if only he'd get back with Mary Jane...

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