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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #76

Amazing Spider-Man #76

Spider-Man is going “Beyond” with a new storyline and direction put together by a “board” of creators. Two issues in and the new direction and vibe is working and doing so well. Amazing Spider-Man #76 drops the amount of punching but keeps up on the action. It focuses on the fallout of the previous issue begins to become clearer.

We’ve know that Peter is going to be injured. The teases leading up to the launch hinted that something would happen that he’d be laid up somehow. The how and the why were unknown until the previous issue and this one we get a better sense of what will happen. Writer Zeb Wells is able to take a “spoiled” plot and still deliver drama as Peter must fight for his health and recovery while he and the doctors still don’t know what’s wrong.

We know the U-Foes have dosed him with radiation in their battle in the previous issue but what the damage is and the extent is still a question. Wells uses that to the advantage delivering a dramatic issue that has Peter’s Spider-Sense working against him. It knows there’s something wrong internally and its warning is throwing everything off as his body attempts to fight whatever is going on. Amazing Spider-Man #76 gives us some interesting things to ponder about the Spider-Sense and its lack of use in the past. Is it that this concept has been overlooked or has the internal danger to Peter’s body been nowhere near what it is at this moment?

Wells also makes sure to throw Ben Reilly in the mix. There’s some interesting uses of the character in breaking the bad news to others like MJ and Aunt May. Then there’s the guilt Ben is feeling. Wells in one issue gives us a character that feels like he has some depth and emotions. You can see him going through a whirlwind of feelings. He has to deal with what has happened to Peter as well as his returning role as Spider-Man. The body language, the dialogue, it all feels very… human.

The art by Patrick Gleason continues to look great. With beautiful colors by Marcio Menyz and lettering by Joe Caramagna, it’s the moments that Peter’s in shock that stand out. The page layouts and small details makes each scene feel shocking and dreadful in ways. You can almost feel the fear and pain everyone is experiencing. Small details like a few tears sneaking out add to the emotional impact of it all. It’s a fantastic use of the concept of the Spider-Sense visually with the traditional moments we might expect from a hospital drama.

I’m not the biggest Spider-Man fan. Amazing Spider-Man #76 ups the soapy drama of the series while delivering something that feels new and different. For this casual fan, it’s an entertaining read. Most importantly, it has me wanting to see what’s next and come back for more.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Patrick Gleason
Color: Marcio Menyz Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Spider-Man’s Luck Runs Out against Doctor Octopus

Last week, the Beyond era of Amazing Spider-Man officially kicked off and fans witnessed the beginning of a new age that will see Ben Reilly taking over as the new and improved Spider-Man! Told over the course of 19 thrilling issues, this saga will be brought to you by a group of all-star comics talent known as the Beyond Board—Patrick Gleason, Saladin Ahmed, Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson, and Cody Ziglar. These incredible creators are ready to take Ben Reilly and the Spider-Man mythos beyond your wildest expectations!

Peter Parker may be out of commission but luckily, Ben Reilly is more than capable of taking his place. Equipped with gadgets and tech from the Beyond Corporation, Reilly has everything it takes to be the superior Spider-Man but he’ll finally meet his match in a devastating battle against one of the Spider-Man’s most feared enemies—Doctor Octopus!

It begins in Amazing Spider-Man #85 by writer Cody Ziglar and artist Paco Medina. It’s going to take everything Ben Reilly and the company that backs him has to stop Otto Octavius. But, in the Merry Marvel fashion and as with all respectable Spider-Stories, even if Spider-Man wins, he is going to lose. And he is going to lose BIG. Amazing Spider-Man #86 by writer Zeb Wells and artist Michael Dowling will deal with the aftermath of the fight and will be a comic that fans will remember for years to come. Ben Reilly has been shaken to the core, and you will be too. And find out if Peter Parker can step up and be Spider-Man again in Amazing Spider-Man #87 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Carlos Gómez. With NYC reeling from Doc Ock’s attack and Ben Reilly possibly down, it’s up to Captain America and Black Cat to see if Peter Parker is ready for action again. You may think you know where this story is going, but you do not.

Also coming in January will be Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1, a new one-shot written by Jed MacKay with art by C.F. Villa. This unlikely team up will see Mary Jane coming to the rescue of Black Cat after she’s been kidnapped. Mary Jane has never liked Felicia Hardy, and now she has to save her lif! But remember, this is the Black Cat we’re talking about. Things are never quite what they seem.

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #75

Amazing Spider-Man #75

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Patrick Gleason (CA) Art Adams
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $5.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is back to thrice-monthly because this story is pure jet fuel. Ben Reilly has returned to NYC and has fully taken back the mantle of Spider-Man, but what does this mean for Peter Parker? The greatest team of web-writers has come together with the most epic arachnid-artists ever assembled to bring you a Spider-story that will shake up Spider-Man’s 59th year in ways you CANNOT PREDICT!

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #75

Amazing Spider-Man #75

I’ve never been a Spider-Man superfan. While I’ve enjoyed some stories and arcs, it’s a character (and various series) that I dip in and out of. Beyond Slott’s run, I can’t think of any long run I’ve read. He’s a character I enjoy in doses and generally feel things get redone to a point that it just doesn’t quite interest me (swing with cool image, fight bad guy, smart comment, something goes wrong, repeat). But, when a major start of a run begins, I do like to check them out and see what’s going on. Amazing Spider-Man #75 kicks off a new era for the webcrawler and it’s a start that will have me sticking around for a while.

While Amazing Spider-Man #75 is written by Zeb Wells, Spider-Man is currently being handled by the “Beyond Board” of Kelly Thompson, Cody Ziglar, Saladin Ahmed, Patrick Gleason, and Wells. The group, along with artists, will rotate arcs and issues which is needed as the comic is upping how often it’s coming out. What is “Beyond” though? That gets answered in this issue as Ben Reilly is back in the picture and donning a Spider-Man costume. He now has sponsorship by a corporation called Beyond that feels like it can do the superhero thing a bit better than it’s been done. They also have the “rights” to Spider-Man. It’s all a very intriguing twist to the series and a bit brilliant in some ways.

Amazing Spider-Man #75 dips into Spider-Man history. There’s obviously Reilly himself but the issue takes a lot from Slott’s run when Dock Ock was in Peter’s body. It’s a solid use of that arc and makes a lot of sense when presented. It’s a great way to use continuity and add some more to the history. “Additive” is a direction Marvel has been going for a while and it plays out well here. It dips back into Peter having run a company, there’s some ramifications of that which is great as that entire chapter feels like it was dumped rather quickly. There’s also some questions as to what Peter should do. He has had a lot of heavy hits lately and you can see he’s worn out. Should he let Reilly take over? Should he just go on a vacation for a bit? There’s a lot of options here now and it all feels natural. Amazing Spider-Man #75 deals with Peter’s trauma while also setting up an “out” and we the readers have to guess where it’s going to go… or do we?

The issue ends with a punch that’s been teased but what exactly is that punch? Based on some dialogue, this doesn’t feel like the usual beaten hero story we’ve seen so many times and potentially we’re going to get something very new and interesting, and hopefully relevant (if what I think is going to happen is really going to happen).

The art by Patrick Gleason is top notch. With color by Marcio Menyz and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic has style and pops on the page. There’s a modern classic feel to it with body bending swinging but doesn’t take that over the top like others. It’s a bit more grounded in some ways but nails the over the top action as well. What the team really delivers on is the weariness of Peter. You can feel his tiredness. This is a person who’s emotionally beat down and it shows. That sort of small detail really stands out and is impressive.

But there’s more!

Kelly Thompson, Travel Foreman, Jim Campbell, and Joe Caramagna give us a back-up story that adds a twist to everything we just read up to that point. Colleen Wing and Misty Knight!? What are they doing in the comic!? The two are kicking ass is the answer but “Love and Monsters” adds a lot to the direction the series is going as it presents a wrinkle in everything we’ve read.

And there’s more!?

“Kafka” by Wells, Ivan Fiorelli, Edgar Delgado, and Caramagna adds even more to the new direction of the series. We learn a bit more about Beyond delivering an even greater ominous feel about it all. It’s solid work that also examines Electro and some of what his powers mean. Like the main story, it’s the details and hints that are great and will suck you in.

This is a hell of a debut that feels like it’s a natural direction building off of the last two major runs and setting Peter and Spider-Man up for a new direction. It’s good, really good. And it has this on-the-fence Spider-Man reader coming back for more… and excited about it.

Story: Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson Art: Patrick Gleason, Travel Foreman, Ivan Fiorelli
Color: Marcio Menyz, Jim Campbell, Edgar Delgado Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #75

Amazing Spider-Man #75

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Patrick Gleason (CA) Art Adams
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $5.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is back to thrice-monthly because this story is pure jet fuel. Ben Reilly has returned to NYC and has fully taken back the mantle of Spider-Man, but what does this mean for Peter Parker? The greatest team of web-writers has come together with the most epic arachnid-artists ever assembled to bring you a Spider-story that will shake up Spider-Man’s 59th year in ways you CANNOT PREDICT!

Ben Reilly vs. Miles Morales!? Aunt May back with Doc Ock!? Wait, what!?

Launching next month, a new era of Amazing Spider-Man beyond your wildest expectations begins when Peter Parker is hospitalized and Ben Reilly takes over as the new Spider-Man. And that’s only the start. Brought to you by an all-star lineup of writers and artists including Patrick Gleason, Cody Ziglar, Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson, and Saladin Ahmed, the Spider-Man mythos is ready to web sling into uncharted new territory! And come December, this explosive saga will see exciting developments including an epic showdown between Miles Morales and Ben Reilly, a possible rekindled romance between Aunt May and Doc Ock, and more!

Writer Cody Ziglar and artist Ivan Fiorelli team up to reunite one of the most controversial couples in comics history in Amazing Spider-Man #80.BEY.With her nephew at death’s door, May Parker is not just going to sit around accepting that Peter’s ailments aren’t solvable with conventional means. Aunt May is going to seek unconventional means by way of her ex-fiancé Doctor Octopus!

Then it’s new Spider-Man vs. newest Spider-Man in Saladin Ahmed and Carlos Gómez’Amazing Spider-Man #81! The Beyond Corporation paid a lot of money for the Spider-Man trademark and does not take kindly to an unlicensed Spider-Man running around Brooklyn. So it’s up to Ben Reilly to take Miles Morales down.

Something horribly wrong is happening at the McCarthy Medical Center. Check in on Peter Parker’s recover in Saladin Ahmed and Jorge Fornès’ Amazing Spider-Man #82. Mary Jane Watson is trying to nurse the bedridden Peter to health, but when Peter’s roommate disappears, MJ has to step up. Can MJ and a nonmobile Peter get to the bottom of this hospital mystery?

Next up, the creator behind the biggest cover in the last decade is going to show you what he can do with one of the biggest Spider-Moments in decades when Patrick Gleason takes over writing and art duties in Amazing Spider-Man #83. The Web-Head is facing unbeatable odds again. Can he rise to the occasion and save the day?

Writer Cody Ziglar returns in Amazing Spider-Man #84 alongside artist Paco Medina. The events of ASM #80.BEY have set Doctor Octopus on a collision course with the Beyond Corporation and their Spider-Hero in residence. Ben Reilly isn’t the only one with new tricks up his sleeve, or, in Ock’s case, MANY sleeves.

December will also see an exciting Beyond tie-in in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #33 by writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Michele Bandini. The events of Amazing Spider-Man #81 open up a can of worms and send Miles and Shift on a quest that will have dire effects on both of them. What does this mean for Ben Reilly? Keep reading, True Believers!

Spidey fans won’t want to miss a single issue of this unbelievable new era! Be there at the start when Amazing Spider-Man #75 hits stands on October 6th and look for these thrilling upcoming issues this December! Check out these covers by Mark Bagley, Arthur Adams, Cory Smith, and Taurin Clarke!

Ben Reilly Swings Into Action as Spider-Man in a New Trailer

An all-star lineup of writers and artists have assembled to bring you one of the boldest sagas in Spider-Man history! Kicking off next month in Amazing Spider-Man #75, creators Saladin Ahmed, Cody Ziglar, Patrick Gleason, Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson will team up on the thrice-monthly title and shake up the Spider-Man status quo beyond your wildest expectations. This revolutionary era will see the return of Peter Parker’s fan-favorite clone: Ben Reilly. Backed by the Beyond Corporation, Ben Reilly is more than ready to take over and be the best Spider-Man there ever was. Does he have what it takes? And what does Peter have to say about it? This fresh take on the Spider-Man mythos will introduce new foes, redefine classic villains, and make you rethink the whole concept of Spider-Man! Get your first look at Ben Reilly’s early adventures as the new Spidey in the all-new Amazing Spider-Man Beyond trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

Find out if Ben Reilly is up for the challenge when Amazing Spider-Man #75 hits stands on October 6th!

Preview: Hellions #15

Hellions #15

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Roge Antonia (CA) Stephen Segovia
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 01, 2021
SRP: $3.99

SINISTER SECRETS!
PSYLOCKE’s secret deal with MR. SINISTER will cause a schism within the HELLIONS! Also, TARN THE UNCARING wants his stuff back!

Hellions #15
Almost American
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