Amazing Spider-Man #4 Review: Humor and Heart with Two Peters

Amazing Spider-Man #4 Review: Humor and Heart with Two Peters

Posted by August 23, 2018 Comment

Amazing Spider-Man #4
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Writer: Nick Spencer, Artist: Ryan Ottley, Inker: Cliff Rathburn, Color Artist: Laura Martin, Color Assists: Peter Pantazis and Jasen Smith, Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna, Cover by: Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin, Variant Cover by: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, and Dave McCaig, Special Thanks: Antonio Ruiz, Designer: Anthony Gambino, Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski, Editor: Nick Lowe, Spider-Man created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Peter Parker and the Amazing Spider-Man are still separated! Without his responsible half, Spider-Man is wrecking half of New York with his new Tri-Sentinel. Without his powers and fun-loving half, Peter is left to help in small ways that have derailed his life even further. Peter knows he needs to find a way to rejoin Spider-Man, but the Wall-Crawler is reticent to rejoin his joy-killing counterpart.

Amazing Spider-Man #4 cover by Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin
Amazing Spider-Man #4 cover by Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin

Amazing Spider-Man #4 continues the series’ tendency towards rubber-banding quality. Where #3 felt a little weak and slow, #4 goes back to the other end, with Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley turning in another fun installment with a quicker pace and plenty of humor.

We get to see Spider-Man plaster corporate logos on himself, take part in a Uber-like service for superhuman transportation, and C-list villain Mendel Stromm watch an instructional video for doomsday bunkers.

However, alongside that humor and fun is some heart. Many Spider-critics, and I have been guilty of this in the past and especially in my youth, criticize some of the more pathetic and joy-killing qualities of Peter Parker. However, this comic shows why you need that balance for someone with powers and methods like this. You need responsibility with the power, if you will. It also reminds the reader why Peter is such a great and iconic character.

Amazing Spider-Man #4 art by Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin. Color assists by Peter Pantazis and Jasen Smith
Amazing Spider-Man #4 art by Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin. Color assists by Peter Pantazis and Jasen Smith

Ottley’s artwork jells very well in this issue too. His style lends itself to action and visual expression, and both play a large role in the visual narrative of the comic. It does bother me that the costume loses its lining at a relatively short distance, but that’s admittedly not the worst way thing to happen to a book’s aesthetic. I do dig how Spidey paints his face onto the Tri-Sentinel. Cliff Rathburn, Laura Martin, Peter Pantazis, and Jasen Smith support the Ryan Ottley well with solid inking and an admittedly pale but still vibrant color palette.

Amazing Spider-Man #4 has me once more hopeful for the future of Marvel’s premiere superhero. It is both funny and meaningful, and Ottley, Rathburn, and Martin each do solid work in the art department. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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(Last Updated August 23, 2018 12:21 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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