Review: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #302


Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #302 continues the “Amazing Fantasy” arc with a big reveal. Check out our review!

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Penciler: Joe Quinones
Inker: Joe Rivera
Colorist: Jordan Gibson
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Joe Quinones

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #302 continues to have fun with two versions of Peter Parker. The one from the future showed up in the previous issue so that they could stop the Tinkerer. While they have yet to find the Tinkerer, they’re still seeing plenty of action together.

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Present day Peter is having his first big duel with the Green Goblin, who he knows is Norman Osborn. Because future J. Jonah Jameson told his present day self that Peter is Spider-Man, Norman was able to find out. This is one of those moments where Jameson is just infuriating because his future self should have known that he was going to make a story out of it once he knew.

While I’m not thrilled that they played things so loosely with Spider-Man’s true identity, it does make the story interesting. Plus, Peter thankfully has his future self to help him through it. It’s not an ideal situation to be in, but it’s what he’s been given.

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This series has been a blast so far. So much of it calls back to the history of the character in a way that doesn’t feel forced. Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones make a fantastic team for this story. The art and the plot both provide joy for the readers.

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We haven’t even mentioned Teresa Durand yet, too. She’s with Nick Fury and takes a look through Mary and Richard Parker’s old safe house. She thinks that she’s their daughter and is looking for some proof. She stumbles upon a picture and we can see “Mommy + Ter” on it.

. Chip Zdarksy, Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera. . Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #302. A

With Norman knowing Peter is Spider-Man and this reveal, there’s a lot to take in with this issue. Zdarsky does a nice job balancing the two storylines within this arc. I’m looking forward to how this ties in to the bigger picture of things with whatever comes next.