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Amazing Spider-Man #52

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2003
By: Josh Stone



“Dig This”

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artists: John Romita Jr. (P); Scott Hanna (I)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Plot:
Everybody’s favorite Friendly Neighborhood Wall Crawler is deep in battle against the undead gamma creature in a local club. After Spidey is thrown through a wall the creature escapes and, like always, the police show up. After regaining his senses (his every-day, run of the mill senses) Spidey is confronted by a mob lieutenant, who informs Spider-Man that mob boss Forelli would like to see him. Spidey agrees and they take a ride (well, the mobster rides, Spidey sort of sticks to the hood). Mr. Forelli wants to pay Spidey ten thousand dollars a day to protect him. After weighting the pros and cons, Spidey accepts. He is then flown out to where the gamma bomb went off in order to find answers, and answers he does find.

Comments:
Another wonderful Spidey tale by JMS and John Romita Jr. I don’t think there has been one issue that they’ve done that I haven’t liked. JMS writes some of the best Spidey dialogue I’ve ever read. You can tell by reading it how much he loves the character and how deeply he understands him. He has all the great witty humor that Spider-Man is so well known for, along with the deeper side of Parker. And the art is just, words don’t describe how good the art is. I can’t stress enough what a big fan I am of Spidey, especially with these two guys behind the book. I mean, damn.

Alright, now let me talk about this issue, instead of rambling on and on about how I love the title as a whole. This book was great. It was chock-full of action, romance, and witty one-liners. That’s not mentioning the “Skinny Hulk.” Like I’ve said countless times, the dialogue was wonderful. One of my favorite scenes was of the “out of date gamma freak” discovering all the changes to the world since he’s been gone. Not only was it funny, but it made me think just how much has changed in such a relatively short time period. Who says Rome wasn’t in a day? Anyway, besides the humor, there was a great scene between MJ and Peter. I love those two together, I’m like a girl when it comes to those two characters. I can’t help it, I grew up reading stories of those two. I could go on for days about it, but I’ll spare you generous readers.

The art in this book, like always, was beyond perfect. John Romita Jr. is perhaps the greatest comic book artist in the business, and he proves it on a monthly basis. His pencils along with Hanna’s inking could sell this book alone. Marvel could put out ‘Nuff Said issues of Amazing every month and it’d still be on the top of the charts. I’m not saying they should do that, but you know, hypothetically. I don’t want to sound like a typical fan-boy here, but no one makes MJ better looking than Romita (Jr. and Sr., so I guess that would be “than the Romita’s”). Either way, Spidey, MJ, big mob enforcers, Romita Jr. draws them all to perfection.

Final Word:
Final word, final word? There’s too many: great, wonderful, splendiferous, youneedtobuythisbookcauseit’sgreat (does that count as one word?). Amazing Spider-Man is probably the best comic being done right now, and it’s no surprise why. I learned how to read on Spider-Man comics, and with issues like this, I’m not ashamed of that. Not that I was before, but you know what I’m getting at. If you like Spidey, then you’ve already read this book, so there is no point in telling you why you should go read it - if you don't, then pick it up and you might start!



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