Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #5


The Amazing Spider-Man #5 ends the first arc in Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley’s run while providing a solution to the Peter Parker vs. Spider-Man situation. Read on for our spoiler-filled  review.

It’s hard to believe that the latest run of The Amazing Spider-Man has already concluded its first story arc. Titled “Back to the Basics,” I haven’t really seen it as basic. Peter Parker and Mary Jane are back together, Spidey and Pete are split into two personalities/beings, the Lizard is a teacher, and Peter’s roommate is actually a bad guy. Not to mention the strange mystery villain who seems to be secretly controlling everything (who we see more of this issue).

Together again

This issue features Peter desperately trying to re-merge with his Spider-half. After hearing some advice from MJ, he comes up with a plan to get the accelerator device, the only thing that can put the two halves of himself together again. With the unintentional help of Boomerang, Peter goes to zap Spider-Man with the device and they all live happily ever after.

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If only that were true. Actually, before Spider-Man can be zapped, Mendel Stromm (with the help of the mystery villain that has an insect-controlling  ability) sends an army of Tri-Sentinels to destroy the city. Peter is injured badly while saving Spider-Man, but he ends up being successful in not only merging back with Spidey, but also defeating the Tri-Sentinels. So, the full Spider-Man is back!

As he arrives at  Stromm’s base, he finds him badly wounded and on the verge of dying. We know, though, that it was the mystery villain that killed Mendel. The comic ends with a foreshadowing of the return a well-known Spider-Man baddie, Kraven the Hunter!

Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Laura Martin, VC’s Joe Caramagna. . The Amazing Spider-Man(2018) #5. A-.

Return of the red and blue wonder!

I think that this was a great way to end the first arc for this series. Though every problem isn’t resolved, the big Spidey-Peter-split one is. It also sets up for the next issue or maybe even arc using several scenes of foreshadowing. I also liked how this comic made sure that we don’t forget that Peter and MJ are still together. I would have liked it better, though, if the Tri-Sentinel battle would have lasted a little bit longer.

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I have really enjoyed the art that has been featured in this run of Amazing Spider-Man so far. I think that it looks classic-like and cartoonish, but unique enough to stand against the other runs of Amazing Spider-Man. I also think that most of the characters have been portrayed perfectly, so I am thrilled to see what comes next.