The Amazing Spider-Man #30 Review

by Harlan Ivester on September 25, 2019

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

            I know normally I would be pretty indifferent to a tie-in to an event that’s not written by the person behind that event, but I’ve enjoyed, at least a little, every issue of Nick Spencer’s Spider-Man so far. But if you’ve seen the preview for this one, you know that this has some serious Kindred clues, and that’s not something any fan of Spencer’s run will want to miss out on.

            Actually, this is only like half of a tie-in. Half of the issue takes place right after the events of Amazing Spider-Man #26, just after Kindred “kills” Mysterio. I really don’t know what to make of any of the new scenes with him, but he’s a creepy and mysterious as we’ve come to expect. Throughout all that, we see Peter slugging it out with… Normage… No, Carman. We see Peter slugging it out with Carman in the present day, while Spencer flexes his Spidey knowledge by thematically tying now to then in a pretty heartbreaking way. I was initially pretty unenthused by the premise of Carman, but Spencer manages to redeem it by focusing on the fact that it’s still really Norman and he has a history with Peter. Fairbairn’s colors compliment the tone without becoming monotonous. It would have been easy for this one to just be a pool of red, but he gives the whole story a lot of variety. The shading is so on point. I feel like Ottley’s stylized approach would make it easy for transitioning hues to be stifled, but that’s not the case. This is a damn good looking book.

            I’m happy to say that I definitely recommend this one. Even if you have zero interest in Absolute Carnage, Amazing Spider-Man #30 has plenty to make it stand on its own, and could prove to be very important to the series later on. It’s impressive that Spencer managed to make all fronts of the script work so well, and having this art team back together would be enough on its own to make me want to check this out. Buy a copy and enjoy.

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