Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Peter Parker finally returns to his own body in a brand new series by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. The beginning of May has basically been deemed: “The Week of Spider-Man” with the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” movie, video game, and the first issue of this comic. The reign of Doctor Octopus has ended in a stunning conclusion of the series “The Superior Spider-Man” where Doc Ock finally realizes that he is NOT the superior Spider-Man, and that Peter Parker should return to his own body to fulfill his duty as the true Spider-Man.
Now that Peter has control of his own body, his plate seems quite full given that he had to defeat the Green Goblin from taking over New York, and make amends with all of his close friends that Doc Ock seemed to push aside. Seeing his doctorate framed on the wall, Peter Parker discovers that he is now the CEO of his own company “Parker Industries”, he also discovers that he is now dating the true love of Doctor Octopus, Anna Maria Marconi. It should also be noted that the Avengers aren’t happy with Spider-Man as well, basically kicking him off the team. Though he just returned to the body that was stolen from him by one of his greatest enemies, Peter Parker has yet to catch a break.
Reading this series knowing that Peter Parker has returned makes me more than excited to keep up with it. I missed the bad puns and hilarious situations Peter Parker used to get into, and they are all back in this first issue. The comic ends with Anna Maria discovering that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, so now Peter has to either reveal his biggest secret, or make up a REALLY convincing story. The $5.99 comic also contains other short stories and the first issue of the new “Inhuman” series. Some of the short comics in the back revolve around the Black Cat, Spider-Man 2099, and Peter Parker trying to make amends with the Scarlet Spider.
Ramos’s art style has a cartoon-like feel to it, while Edgar Delgado makes good use of colors. The only problem I have with the art is that the hands of most characters look very large with rectangle fingers. Overall, Humberto Ramos does a great job illustrating this new Spider-Man series.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” #1 is a great start to a series, and I know Spider-Man fans everywhere will be dying to get their hands on the next issue. Just the fact that Peter Parker is Spider-Man again makes this comic good enough for readers. This comic has your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man feel to it, which many fans missed so much. I can’t wait to see how the story folds out and what situations Spider-Man will get himself into this time.
Written by: Zack Myers
+ Peter is back!
+ Great art from Ramos and Delgado, but…
– …some minor inconsistencies
– $5.99 price tag