Review: Amazing Spider-Man #17

Amazing Spider-Man #17BEFORE “DEAD NO MORE”! The Prowler (and readers) meet the new Electro! Who is this woman and what does she have to do with the Man in Red?!

Want to know who the new Electro is? You may have to go back into your long box to 2014 (I had to look it up) to find out about this one as Dan Slott has appeared to have played the long game here as things that I had forgotten about or referenced (well played).

There’s a big Spider-Man event coming, Dead No More, which is seeing classic Spider-Man villains being raised from the dead in a crazy experiment that Slott seems to know is crazy. There’s a panel in this comic that shows that Slott is letting his mad scientist fly in a good way for his storytelling and just having fun with it. It’s almost a wink and a nod to the reader for them to just roll with it and have fun.

And fun is a key word here as the comic is fun and full of energy in a good way. I’ve enjoyed Slott’s work on Spider-Man since before Superior and been following him here too looking to see what he does. I haven’t been a fan of Peter’s new role, but this build up to me has a vibe about it that’s… fun. I’m not sure how else to describe it. From the banter back and forth to the pacing, to the events, there’s a tone about it that works really well, especially for a Spider-Man comic.

What’s really interesting is the comic mostly does not involve Spider-Man. He’s there in the beginning and Peter makes an appearance, but the red and blue is at a minimum, yet the comic still feels like a Spider-Man comics. There’s also interesting twists of who the heroes are here and the end of the comic has me scratching my head wondering where things are going.

Slott is helped by R.B. Silva‘s pencils, Adriano Di Benedetto‘s inks and Marte Garcia‘s colors. The art looks fantastic with a great sense of motion, breaking the panels, and some views that are beautiful to look at. I think the colors especially sticks out to me, it all just pops and adds to the exciting vibe.

The debut of a new Electro! The “death” of a character! This is a lead up to Dead No More that’s getting me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva
Story: 8.15 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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