And all of Spider-Verse comes down to this….
Dan Slott is giving us the brawl we’ve all been waiting for in this issue as the forces of Spider-Verse go toe-to-toe with the whole family in a winner-takes-all battle royale. This is an action packed script filled with more one-liners, quips, and Spider-People than you can imagine…and it’s glorious. Dan Slott has written a fantastic multiverse-spanning event with Spider-Verse and if this is foreshadowing for what we can expect from Secret Wars then I am extremely excited. With this issue he manages to give all the “primary” Spiders some great time, with each (even Spider-Ham) getting to have their shining moment and throw some great quips around. With such a massive cast this had to be a difficult balancing act but the issue never feels overstuffed or like a character is forced into a scene for no reason. The story unfolds as it should and while it will take some time for the dust to settle, the Spider-Verse has never been filled with as many strong characters as it is now.
Slott caps this story off very well, tying the web up in a very nice bow…and yes, I’ll see myself out. The conflict with this family has been intense to say the least and this issue contains some intense action and situations. Slott uses his Spiders well, putting each in the perfect situation for their personality and some very dramatic events play out in this one. I’m currently unsure of who made it through and who didn’t, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this comic. The dialogue is excellent, the action is aplenty and this is a fantastic end to what has been an amazing event. Slott nailed it.
Camuncoli, Coipel and Ponsor killed it too. This is a big issue with a big cast and the art team brought their best to round this event out. Camuncoli and Coipel’s styles gel very well in this issue, to the point where I didn’t even really notice when duties shifted. Ponsor’s consistently strong colouring made any shifts less noticeable and this comic is very easy on the eyes. Massive action is handled with some great layout work and both artists managed to capture the different personalities of the Spiders well even when all fully masked. The pacing of the story is perfect, with the dramatic moments dropping at exactly the right times with the perfect amount of emphasis and this art team is comprised of some gifted visual storytellers. Camuncoli and Coipel are A-listers and this artwork reflects it.
The Amazing Spider-Man #14 concludes what has been my favourite Spider-Man event of all time. Marvel took a major risk telling a story this complex and with this many characters, as it easily could have fallen off the rails into madness. With strong work from Dan Slott, Olivier Coipel, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Justin Ponsor it stayed strong from start to finish and entertained me to no end. I’m very curious to see the fallout of this event and I am more excited for Silk and Spider-Gwen’s respective ongoing titles than I have ever been before. This is a great time to be a Spider-fan and I cannot recommend this issue, and event, highly enough.
The Verdict: 10/10