Review: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5

ASM2014005_DC11_LRAMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 13, 2014

The Black Cat stirs it up and Peter & Cindy are drawn closer as Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos deliver a wild issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

Dan Slott weaves the emergence of Silk into this ongoing story well, having Original Sin affect Amazing Spider-Man in a huge way without de-railing the arc he had been building prior to the event. Silk is a great addition to this cast, bringing an interesting dynamic to the series and it will be interesting to see what Slott does with this character down the road. For now, she is certainly shaking up the cast and bringing out an interesting side of Peter, while adding an element of mystery to the title as a whole. There are some laugh out loud moments featuring Peter and Cindy that drop at the exact right times, and the signature Peter Parker charm is all over this issue. What I appreciated throughout the issue is that Cindy is very much being presented as an equal to Peter. At times, she outshines him and is already a strong compliment/foil to the web slinger. This is a relationship that I hope exists for quite awhile, as the early returns from the existence of this character have been great.

There is a lot going on in this issue, with the Black Cat storyline running parallel to the Peter/Cindy until the two merge at the end. Slott balances them well and brings them together in a logical way, giving the issue great flow. Slott is simply dialed in with these characters, and while the cliffhanger didn’t quite fire me up as much as it was meant to, it is obvious he’s not sitting back and letting the fact that Peter is back sell this book. He’s bringing big action and big events to Amazing Spider-Man, as it should be, and it is a lot of fun to read.

In this issue, Humberto Ramos does what Humberto Ramos does best: draw an energetic and dynamic Spider-Man with some great action. He handles the high octane parts of this issue very well, and Black Cat exudes confidence and power throughout the issue. She is not to be trifled with, and Ramos makes that very apparent in the artwork of this issue. His pencils are amped up by some great colour work from Edgar Delgado, especially where Electro is concerned, and the chaos of the final pages leaps from the pages in colourful glory. These two work remarkably well together, and the net effect of their skilled hands is some absolutely great Spider-Man artwork.

Amazing Spider-Man is a solid comic that does a great job balancing the revelation of Cindy’s existence with the storyline that was ongoing prior to the Original Sin tie-in. Slott balances all the moving pieces well and the art team of Ramos and Delgado light the issue up and make it leap from the page. Amazing Spider-Man is a ton of fun right now, and worthy of the huge sales numbers it is bringing in.

The Verdict: 8.0/10

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  1. Marcus said:

    Horrible. Black Cat has been character assassinated, and Slott is just re-using plotlines that we’re overused back in the 80’s. Get him off the book. The art also sucks, the male characters look like chimps not people.

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