Monday, June 12, 2017

The Amazing Spider-Man #28 Review - Marvel Monday

The Amazing Spider-Man #28

Writer: Dan Slott
Art Team: Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia
with Andres Mossa
Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

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Before Spider-Man prepares to tackle the Secret Empire nonsense that’s coming next month he must first wrap up his dealings with the Green Goblin, currently Norman Osborne with a horribly disfigured face, finally helping Sable win her country Symkaria back … you know for the people.  Since this is the final issue of the story arc I anticipate we’ll get that conclusion. So let’s swing right into it and see what Spidey has in his Parker Industries sponsored bag of tricks.

The issue starts with the team of good guys that has assembled (Spider-Man, Mockingbird, Silver Sable, and some rebel soldiers) to battle this threat all going their separate ways in an effort to end this disaster of a situation once and for all.  Spider-Man and Silver Sable head off to Osbornes castle of operations to deal with the ‘big bads’, while Mockingbird uses her rocket boots to chase down and disarm the just released bomb, a goblin bomb that will turn the countries populace into a Goblin Army, meanwhile the group of rebel soldiers head to town to keep the people safe and evacuate the area the bomb will hit  

As we progress through the issue we peek inside the castle where Sable engages the Countess, the Goblin’s lady love of the moment, in a sword duel for the right to give her country back to who it belongs to … the people again. Meanwhile Spider-Man gives chase to Osborne, falling into a carefully laid trap from the maniacal villain which strips Spider-Man of most of his powers through a series of carefully placed traps (while also being a nice callback to previous stories of yesteryear).

When Spider-Man and Norman finally come face to face they are in their most raw form with neither individual enhanced by any powers. The two long time enemies duke it out in brutal fashion, ala ‘Rocky’ 4. Norman takes a moment to appreciate finally earning the upper hand on Spider-Man only to simultaneously realize his carefully laid plans are collapsing all around him.  This provides Spider-Man the distraction he needs to finally take down Norman before help arrives.  Unfortunately in the end Spider-Man is unable to detain the Goblin long enough to get him into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody (not like that means much anymore anyway).

The issue concludes with Spider-Man and Parker Industries as a whole, despite coming out on top of the situation and preventing the formation of a giant Goblin Army, in dispute with S.H.I.E.L.D., who are severing all ties with the hero and organization.  Norman also appears in the final panel, only to seed future story possibilities, in which he now thinks the best course of action is to Goblin back out to defeat Spidey once and for all.

Overall as this arc wraps up I have to say I enjoyed it more than any Spider-Man story in a long time mostly because of this terrific conclusion to wrap it all up. Dan Slott does an excellent job of concluding the four part storyline with a thrilling action packed issue filled with interesting developments, character choices, and consequences.  The art team of Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Marte Gracia with Andres Mossa do their best job yet on Spider-Man this issue, taking the action and thrills out of the shadows, and into the spotlight. The book is creatively paneled and the colors are sharp, it looks like this new team improves with each issue.

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Spider-Man wraps up the latest Norman Osborne storyline in exciting fashion and provided us some of Dan Slot’s most exciting and well-paced story in a while. The new art team officially gets me onboard this issue with some creative paneling and sharp artistic choices.


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