Monday, May 15, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #27 Review - Marvel Monday

The Amazing Spider-Man #27 Review

Writer: Dan Slott
Art Team: Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia
Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

A Face Only a Goblin Could Love

Sup fellow web heads … if you’ve been following the Amazing Spider-Man lately you know that Spidey, Silver Sable, and now all of Parker Industries are hot on the trail of the old school Green Goblin, aka Norman Osborne, who keeps changing his appearance throughout this arc. The classic villain is currently causing a ruckus and running the Sable’s home country of Symkaria, and this group is out to put an end to it. However in the eyes of S.H.I.E.L.D., this team lead by Spidey, is technically invading a country to wage war. Quite the Spider-Pickle. So what will be the coming repercussions, will this all-out assault even succeed, and most importantly is this issue any good??? Swing in and find out.

Part three of this arc kicks off with a glimpse of the aftermath involving Osborne’s latest face transplant, which have been occurring more and more often lately.  Due to the accelerated schedule of the recent procedures this particular effort doesn’t turn out so well and the Doctor responsible suffers for the misfortune despite his warnings to ol’ Greeny prior.  How does any Super Villain secure ‘help’, these people have to know they’re never getting out alive right?

As the story moves on we check in on Spider-Man and Silver Sable as she fills in our favorite ‘Web-Head’, along with us the audience, about how she apparently faked what we all thought was her death in the past.  Slott continues providing glimpse of the various parties involved in this conflict and it’s revealed the Mockingbird has chosen to quit S.H.I.E.L.D., after last issues cliffhanger per recent mission requests and in this instance will instead aiding Peter and his cause in Symkaria. These recent turn of events that have spurred Mockingbirds moral quandary however does nothing to slow S.H.I.E.L.D.’s perceived threat of Spider-Man and Parker Industries invading Symkaria which they consider the problem at hand. 

Once Spider-Man and company land in Symkaria, where the Goblin has forced the citizens of the country to work in his various factories, the action picks up from this point forward and the issue jumps around to various, bombastic, action sequences really picking up the pace of the page count. Spider-Man, along with help from the rest of the heroes present, is able to make some headway through the territory spurring Osborne to start the process and spring his secret weapon. 

STOP READING HERE IF YOU DON’T WANT A SPOILER OF THE CLIFFHANGER: The secret weapon, in this case, is a giant Goblin bomb, which will turn most the people of Symkaria into Osborne’s unstoppable Goblin army. This is what Spider-Man and crew are up against, plus S.H.I.E.L.D., but we will have to wait until next issue to find out how this all wraps up.

Overall issue #27 was a nice solid effort all around by Dan Slott and company to move the events of the story forward, albeit at a brisk pace, and without much suspense.  The story dialogue and art by Immonen is becoming more worthy of celebration, with the details improving each issue, as he settles in as the main story artist, but I still wish for a lighter color palate.

I do have a few other minor complaints involving this storyline, centering on the Green Goblin who hasn’t felt or acted like the head of a country, or a possible unstoppable threat, that he’s being painted as. We’re constantly told by the writer he’s a tough and needs to put a stop to by the ‘good guys’ but how quickly Spider-Man’s crew dispatches the Goblin Army and moves through the country only reinforced these thoughts of mine throughout the issue. I still enjoy the Amazing Spider-Man as a title but this hasn’t been a must buy story arc if he’s not a character you consistently follow.  

Bits and Pieces

The Amazing Spider-Man #27 has some great action while making progress to the overall story (as the title settles to prepare for its Secret Empire crossover). However the threat of the Green Goblin has felt hallow and impersonal throughout this arc and not much is done here to improve upon that.    


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