Does the Amazing Spider-Man still amaze in issue #3?
So, this was one busy issue for the Amazing Spider-Man. It started off with the mysterious Zodiac group and a horoscope of sorts for head honcho Scorpio setting the table for the Subplot of an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. (more on that later). As for our hero, Peter, a lot was on his plate with the opening of the new headquarters for Parker Industries.
Yes, Baxter Building is now the New York HQ for Parker Industries. And yes, Baxter Building is the same HQ building of the Fantastic 4, for those who have trouble remembering.
And of course the FF would not be too happy with this announcement, which brings us to the appearance of Johnny Storm aka Human Torch. Now as you might have expected this turned into a fight between Spidey and Human Torch, with some entertaining back and forths not only on the physical altercation side of things but also on the superhero trash talking side. A moment of levity during this fight also sprung up when SHIELD was calling Peter for some reinforcements.
The pseudo-truce at the middle was also great as Spidey showed-off his toys and the offices. But the main surprise here was having Harry Osborne appear as the head of the New York HQ! Man, did not expect that.
But the strength of this issue did not lie on the great fight sequence and the reveals, but instead on the relationships between Peter and Harry and Peter and Johnny Storm by highlighting just what a “best friend” or a “friend” really is in their context.
As for the subplot, Zodiac still remains a mystery and its connection with Nick Fury’s family (I think, if my comprehension is correct), and why Zodiac has the hots for Peter Parker/Spiderman. The attack on SHIELD by Zodiac also comes-off as a mystery with the sole purpose of killing Leo, I really don’t know if that’s a way for the writers to show that Zodiac means business. Hopefully time will tell.
As for the reveal in the end, we could only wonder what the effects of the return of Norman Osborne would bring to the world of Peter Parker and Harry.
The Score: 4/5
An eventful issue for the Amazing Spider-Man with its share of action and humor, with great guest appearances and twists and surprises along the way!
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek