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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #74

Amazing Spider-Man #74

(W) Nick Spencer (A) More (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $9.99

• It’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #875, and the whole ASM team is coming together to bring you a massive issue that is the culmination of three years of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
• It’s all lead to this… “Hunted,” “Sins Rising,” “Last Remains,” “King’s Ransom,” “Chameleon Conspiracy,” “Sinister War”…and so much more all led to this climax and conclusion to Nick Spencer’s landmark run on the best comic book in the world.
• What will happen with Peter and MJ, Mysterio, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, Aunt May and Kindred?! FIND OUT HERE!

Amazing Spider-Man #74

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #73

Amazing Spider-Man #73

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Federico Vicentini (CA) Mark Bagley
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• We can’t tell you a single thing that happens here without spoiling just about every issue that comes out between the time you’re reading this and when ASM #73 comes out.

Amazing Spider-Man #73

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #72

Amazing Spider-Man #72

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Marcelo Ferreira, More (CA) Mark Bagley
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Over in Sinister War, Spider-Man is facing two Sinister Sixes.
• But, then, what is he doing HERE?
• Just want to say, trying not to spoil – you don’t quite understand how intense and impossible this situation is for Peter Parker.

Amazing Spider-Man #72

Preview: Sinister War #3 (of 4)

Sinister War #3 (of 4)

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $4.99

• You haven’t read the end of SINISTER WAR #2 yet, but when you do, YOU WILL BE VERY MAD YOU HAD TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THIS!
• Things have never been worse for Spider-Man, and it’ll be a MIRACLE if he makes it through this alive.

Sinister War #3 (of 4)

Preview: Sinister War #2 (of 4)

Sinister War #2 (of 4)

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 04, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Spidey’s classic problem has been multiplied by two and you don’t even know the HALF of it. Twelve of Spidey’s greatest villains are out for blood: Spider-Man’s and each other’s! Ock and Vulture make their big plays this issue that are going to shake up NYC in ways you didn’t think were possible!

Sinister War #2 (of 4)

Review: Sinister War #1

Sinister War #1

When writer Nick Spencer‘s run on Spider-Man began, it was an enjoyable and fun start that felt pretty welcoming to new readers. An impressive amount of issues later, his run is beginning to wrap up and part of that is Sinister War bringing together various groups of villains for something… along with Mephisto… and Dr. Stange. Sinister War #1 isn’t so much an entry into the event and Spencer’s end-run but the continuation of years of continuity that’s almost impenetrable to new readers.

For those that don’t know the general story, there’s multiple groups of “(fill in word) Six” villains. They all seem to not get along. They either want to fight each other or are pissed about a movie made. For those that didn’t read the Mary Jane miniseries, MJ has made a film and the director is a “reformed” Mysterio. Yeah… Then there’s Mephisto doing his thing which seems like a reference to that so loved “One More Day” storyline. I’m not quite sure. There’s so much packed into the issue that not a lot is explained and there’s just a lot of hints. Then there’s the whole Kindred thing… It’s a jumbled mess.

When events kick off with a miniseries first issue like this, there’s an opportunity to ease new readers in as well as move the story along. A successful issue does exactly that. Instead, this issue just continues everything Spencer has been doing as if it’s just another issue of Amazing Spider-Man. If you’re not caught up, tough luck. It’s the exact opposite of what a solid “event” debut should be and by the end of the issue, I was turned off and resigned to wait for the new creative team to take over in a few months.

Mark Bagley‘s art is… decent. There’s a lot packed into the issue and it’s cool to see Bagley’s take on each of the characters but none of it really pops. I know folks love Bagley’s work on Spider-Man but it’s never been a style that has really hooked me. For me, it’s good, not great. Bagle is joined by Andrew Hennessy, John Dell, and Andy Owens in inks, color by Brian Reber, and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The art is really good at times and at others falls a little flat. It doesn’t help the story is choppy, the art doesn’t pick up the slack making a smooth narrative.

Sinister War #1 had me excited going into the comic. The idea of rival villain groups battling it out sounds like it could be fun and entertaining. But, the story is more a continuation of what’s been going on in Amazing Spider-Man. It’s not a jumping-on-point, just a spin-off to pack everything in and check off storylines. It’s definitely a pass for those who haven’t been reading the series already.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Mark Bagley
Ink: Andrew Hennessy, John Dell, Andy Owens Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Sinister War #1 (of 4)

Sinister War #1 (of 4)

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $4.99

DOCTOR OCTOPUS IS BACK! AND THE SINISTER WAR HAS BEGUN!
Ock’s got a new Sinister Six and if you think he’s thought big in the past, think again. What Ock DOESN’T know is that the VULTURE has a sextet of his own: THE SAVAGE SIX! It’s an all-out WAR between two of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is SPIDER-MAN! Spidey’s in deep trouble with the toughest battle that he’s ever faced. Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley team up for this epic Spider-Man story guaranteed to shock readers everywhere!

Sinister War #1 (of 4)
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