The Amazing Spider-Man #24 Review

by Harlan Ivester on June 26, 2019

Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Ryan Ottley
Inkers: Mark Morales and Cliff Rathburn
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            It’s probably safe to say this is one of the three most highly anticipated issues of Nick Spencer’s run so far, right? This is where many people are expecting to learn something about the one we all just know as Creepy Centipede Guy. When there’s so much hype around something, it’s kind of rare that it lives up to it, though it’s no real fault of its own.

            I’m afraid there will be a small number of people disappointed be an obvious red herring that this issue attempts to set up, but I really don’t think it’s an issue. You could look it at that way, but I think the context of it in the story really helps drive home just how threatening CCG really is. We get at least a cool super villain name for him and a couple clues as to who he might be, but nothing that we didn’t already know before. It’s trickled down from a tense discussion between Mysterio (gotta hit that movie synergy…right?) and his psychiatrist. It turns into a horror show that is guaranteed to leave readers dying to know more about CCG. I just hope no one’s expecting his thread to be continued right away.

            I know we’re all so excited to have another issue with Ryan Ottley. I wish it could last forever. This one is hardly any more violent than you’d expect a Spider-Man comic to be, but it’s enough to let him flex those gore muscles that helped make Invincible so great. I caught some callbacks to earlier issues in the panel layout, too. Nice attention to detail. As someone who admittedly can have a hard time appreciating the difference an inker can make, this was a really interesting read for me. Mark Morales’s part of the book does feel notably “lighter” because of a million subtle differences, and it was thematically smart putting him on the pages he got. Nathan Fairbairn’s colors are a joy. There’s an excellent range in most pages that make the setting feel believable, but he knows when it hits the fan and it’s time to get serious.

            Amazing Spider-Man #24 is one of the most important issues of Spencer’s run. Not too much happens, but if you can call it a slow burn, it’s the best kind. It is mostly set up, but it’s done through subtle and entertaining writing, with perfect visuals to seal the deal. Every Spider-Man fan should pick this up.

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