Monday, April 17, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #6 Review - Marvel Monday

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #6


Writer: Gerry Conway
Art Team: Ryan Stegman & Jesus Aburtov
Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Westchester Or Bust

Renew Your Vows has been a bright spot in a crowded Marvel lineup for anybody looking for a continuity light title to follow with a strong family feel to it. Last issue was a nice one shot that highlighted the family dynamic between the trio while also featuring longtime Spidey villain Sandman for the group to deal with. This issue begins a new arc and from the cover image alone my excitement is peeked with the promise of Spider-Fam/X-Men team up in our future.  So without further ado let’s swing on in and find out how our latest arc sets the stage for things to come.


Our issue begins with a cold opening and glimpse of the villains who will be crashing the upcoming party between the X-Men and Spider family.  We see Magneto and crew deal with Banshee very easily as the villain sets the stage for things to come with his classic motivations of Homo-Sapiens ruing the day they ever shunned Homo-Superior to the darkness.  There is no confusing this Magneto with the anti-hero portrayed in most of today’s issues that take place in regular continuity.


Catching up with Peter, MJ, and Annie we see the ladies of the family in the middle of throwing a surprise birthday party for Peter at MJ’s boutique.  Not long after the cake is cut Professor X crashes the bash inviting the family of three out to the X-Mansion for a tour of the grounds attached with an invite for Annie to join the X-Men at the school to learn and harness her powers. 


The middle of our issue sees Peter and company arrive to the Westchester mansion as Professor X offers the family a tour of the grounds and tries to convince the parental figures this is the best place for their young child to be.  While Peter seems to be onboard, reflecting upon the troubles he had in school with his secret, MJ is hesitant to send her daughter off to live with like-minded individuals.  The couple separates as MJ discusses options further by running into Cyclops and Peter stays with Wolverine, Jean Gray, and Professor X.  This is where we really get an idea of how different this ‘world’ really is especially on the X-Men side of the coin, and for this universe to distinguish it from the current 616 Earth, I very much enjoy the changes that Gerry Conway is laying out for us.


The issue begins to wrap up as Magneto and his ‘Brotherhood of Mutants’ attack the school grounds, kidnapping Annie and Kate (Wolverine and Jean Gray’s daughter, see told you it was different), quickly gaining access to Cerebro setting the stage for the future conflict to come.  Our cliffhanger reveal shows us a longtime X-Men betraying ‘the crew’ allowing Magneto this coveted access but we’ll have to wait until next month to see how this story continues going forward.

Overall I closed the issue loving every crazy twist and turn stuffed into the pages inside and legitimately can’t wait for the next one to drop.  The dialogue, story choices, and decisions being made in this issue, and even throughout the title, have all been very exciting and this is one of Marvel’s must read titles especially for any long time Spider fan missing a more semi-traditional Spider-Man feel.  The art team of Ryan Stegman, with colorist Jesus Aburtov, absolutely kills each and every page, with fantastic character design, amazing color choices, with attention paid to even the smallest of details which really make this title standout from the rest.  

Bits and Pieces:

The story is gripping and moves at a perfect pace, the art is fantastic and attention grabbing, there really is very little not to like found inside the pages of this title. This is how a Spider book should look and feel and I wish the main Amazing Spider-Man title would take a few notes from its B title counterpart.


9.0/10    
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2 comments:

  1. Actually, for me, the whole marvel comic universe is a mess.. however there are a handful of books that pique my interest.. this is one of them.. im totally missing the marvel comic that i knew of when i was a kid.. especially the x-men.. big sigh.. this is an amazing book overall because well im always happy seeing mary jane and peter together with their kid.. i wonder will clark lois and jon someday meet with them?

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  2. Phoenix and Wolverine together with a daughter never saw the appeal of their romance until this timeline. I like the warmth this gives something Marvel has lost. Every corner I see broken families and troubled children. Some couples are too iconic to break up Reed-Sue, Scott-Jean, Henry-Janet, Bruce-Betty, Peter-Mary Jane, Blackagar-Medusa.

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