Review: Amazing Spider-Man #792

Spider-Man finds himself between Eddie and a mysterious new figure! And Black Cat and her gang find themselves face-to-face with an amped-up villain named Maniac that might just rip those faces right off.

Amazing Spider-Man #792 gives us the second part of “Venom Inc.” the first story in a while pitting Spider-Man and Venom together. While I wasn’t too blown away by the first issue, I still found it to be entertaining enough with entertaining moments peppered throughout and a set up that had me interested in seeing where things were going.

This second part is much of the same with an issue that again has cool moments but is lacking something that puts it over the top. It’s competent but at the same time feels too familiar and like it’s going through the motions.

Writer Dan Slott has guided Spider-Man for a while now and there’s a familiarity and ease there that few writers get to with a character but at that same time there’s an excitement that has been missing for some time. I enjoyed the Doc Ock body swap and what came after but for a year or two now things have been puttering with ideas that are better than the execution and that seems to continue here.

It’s not bad, it’s just missing something to make it special.

Artist Ryan Stegman continues to be the highlight with art that’s entertaining and full of action. Stegman’s art has been something I’ve enjoyed for some time no matter what he’s done and this is no different. Scenes which could be dull are given a bit of a boost with their presentation and at the same time Stegman avoids the over the top presentation of Spider-Man we’ve seen other artists deliver.

There’s nothing bad here, there’s also just nothing that has me super excited to where things are going. We’ve seen this before in some ways and none of it feels new enough to really get me wanting to see where it all goes. This is entertaining yet forgettable and feels like it’ll be going down as a rather mediocre Spider-Man story when it wraps up.

Story: Dan Slott Art: Ryan Stegman Cover Art: Alex Ross
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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