Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man volume 2 #5WRITER: Paul Tobin ARTIST: Roberto Di Salvo COLORS: Sotocolor LETTERER: Dave Sharpe COVER: Patrick Scherberger & Edgar Delgado PRODUCTION: Dan Remollino ASSISTANT EDITOR: Michael Horwitz EDITOR: Nathan Cosby
After last issue, Peter has gone missing, still suffering from the beating he took at the hands of Bullseye. Chat scours New York for her boyfriend, while the Torinos begin their own search for Spider-Man. However, it’s one of Torino’s thugs that find him first, but has been questioning his role as a mob thug. This and other factors convince him to actually help Spider-Man and Chat escape unharmed and perhaps consider a new line of work.
What they got right: Considering all that happened last issue, I’m glad Tobin actually continues the story this issue. His bringing continuity to the comics is one of the things I’ve praised him for since taking over the MA titles. Even Flapper’s sacrifice isn’t swept under the rug, and I fully expect a funeral in the next issue or so. There’s one sequence when the injured Spidey first tries to make his way home where the colors are muted and faded out a bit that works as symbolic of Peter’s fuzzed out mind at that moment, which works well.
What they got wrong: I don’t think you get to leave the mob that easily, so I’m expecting a follow-up story that I probably won’t get.
Recommendation: This continues to be the only Spider-Man comic worth reading, and if this ends up getting canceled I will be fully convinced that Marvel is as stupid as DC is for canceling Billy Batson.
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