The Amazing Spider-Man #27 Review

by Harlan Ivester on August 14, 2019

Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Kev Walker
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            Don’t buy into the clickbait, Spider-Man doesn’t fight feminism in today’s issue. The Syndicate does point out a general lack of feminist role models in the super villain community with a respectable degree of tact, but that’s about it. Aside from that, this story is more of the lovable shenanigans that were bound to ensue when Fred moved in with Peter. It’s all about professionalism or the hilarious lack thereof, which of course makes the issue feel reminiscent of Spencer’s Superior Foes in some ways. The dialogue is funny thanks to an excellent pace in each conversation. When it comes to the actual plot, the developments feel kind of repetitive, but I’m still interested to see where this goes.

            If it meant we could have Ottley on the book every issue, I would absolutely cut back on Spider-Man to once a month. Still, Kev Walker does a commendable job. Boomerang’s stupid, over the top expressions of joy are a part of what makes the book funny. However, I think the book suffers when there’s action happening, which is in most the pages. All the characters seem just a little stiff and his Spider-Man looks weirdly short and stubby most of the time. The background is almost always just filled with dirt and debris being kicked up. It feels a little bit like cutting corners. Laura Martin’s colors make it feel a little better; attention to how the light breaks through all that certainly counts. But that can only help so much and beyond that, nothing wowed me.

            This is a fun issue of Amazing Spider-Man, especially if you’ve been relishing in the absurdity of Spider-Man paling around with Boomerang. It delivers on that end, even if the art leaves a little to be desired. It’s one of the more unremarkable issues of Spencer’s run so far, but fans should still pick it up and expect a good time overall.

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