Amazing Spider-Man #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
The Paradox of Theseus asks if a thing remains what it was if all of its parts are replaced. In this reboot we have the Paradox of Peter Parker — is Spider-Man still Spider-Man if he’s no longer short on cash, worried about his aunt, juggling needy girlfriends, on the run from the cops, vilified by J. Jonah Jameson, misunderstood and disrespected everywhere, and getting his ass kicked on a daily basis (before bouncing back to triumph, of course)? After reading this reboot, I’m not convinced you can take all or most of those things away and still have Spider-Man. Writer Dan Slott has guided Spider-Man for the better part of a decade, and has forgotten more about the character than I will ever know, but I didn’t warm to his vision of an adult Peter Parker, heading a multi-national corporation that’s made its fortune selling Spider-Man technology, with Peter himself a sort of kinder and gentler Tony Stark. Peter still has his insecurities, and he remains the same deeply caring guy that he’s always been, but it is as if the science geek side of the character has ballooned up to crowd out every other aspect. It may well be that Marvel’s (frankly, bloated) new line of multiple Spider-Verse books has no room for a kvetching post-adolescent Peter Parker (maybe that role is reserved for Miles Morales?), but even if that is the case, so fundamentally changing this flagship Spider-Man book solves a publisher problem at the reader’s expense, which is rarely a good idea. Despite my griping, the storytelling is strong — artist Giuseppe Camuncoli draws Spidey’s new corporate world in an expansive, big-shouldered fashion, and Slott keeps the pace up (and keeps the quips coming) while managing a swirling constellation of supporting characters. (The back up stories were mostly disposable). It’s a good book! It’s just not my flavor.
Approachability For New Readers
So-so. Weirdly, the less you know about Spider-Man, the more likely you are to jump into this tale, because you won’t be tripping over your assumptions. It will be tricky for fans of the movies, cartoons, or (most of) Spidey’s comics to merge into this one.
No. Not my Web-head!
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