Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/27/22
It’s just gonna be one of those weeks, I guess. I think I’m just reading fewer comics these days. I don’t have any particular reason. I just don’t care for Big Event comics anymore, and I really need to get into more indie stuff. I’ve only got Amazing Spider-Man this week on my pull list.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Amazing Spider-Man #8 for a solid issue and the introduction of the new Spider-Gear.
Meanwhile, I’m loving She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, absolutely loved the third season of The Boys, not particularly digging A League of Their Own, and I’m finally gonna try out Total War: Warhammer III this weekend because the Immortal Empires campaign has launched! Should be fun.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #8.
Amazing Spider-Man #8
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
I am all for change and status quo shifts, so I’m totally down for an Amazing Spider-Man story where Peter teams up with Norman Osborn. Should be fun.
Spider-Man has been dropped from a high height by the Vulture, and he bursts open some extra web cartridges to break his fall. The fight is pretty darn intense and Norman Osborn refuses to send Peter the new suit, so Peter guides Vulture to the Oscorp building manual and gets the new suit, gear and glider. Spider-Man beats the Vulture easily, then confronts Osborn about not helping. Norman says he wanted to wear the suit himself, but knew he shouldn’t step on another glider for fear of regressing. Peter then accepts the job at Oscorp.
Comic Rating: 7/10 – Good.
This is just another solid issue of Amazing Spider-Man that continues the story without anything really fancy happening. We’ve already seen the new Spider-Gear in promotional materials, so it’s arrival isn’t anything too fancy. We see the glider and the spider-bombs in action, and they’re pretty neat. The spider-bomb causes a bunch of tiny spiders to pop out and swarm over a person, specifically their eyeballs. So that’s horrifying.
Beyond those nifty new toys, the issue is pretty straight forward. Peter battles the Vulture, a classic villain, and has a solid conversation with Norman Osborn about where he is at the moment and how he can be Peter’s new Guy in the Chair. And I’m perfectly happy with that status quo idea. Norman Osborn is obviously a longtime villain, and the chances of him turning evil again are high. But for the time being, perhaps it will be neat to see these two working together.
TL;DR: This has been a perfectly adequate Spider-Man comic so far. This issue teases some neat developments going forward, but for now, it’s just kinda neat to see in practice.
The comics I review in my Hench-Sized reviews are just the usual comics I grab from Comixology any given week, along with a few impulse buys I might try on a whim. So if there are any comics or series you’d like me to review each week, let me know in the comments.