The Amazing Spider-Man, Issue Twenty Three

Writer Nick Spencer

Penciler Ryan Ottley

Inker Cliff Rathburn

Color Artist Nathan Fairbairn

Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover Artists Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn

Dan Slott is out!  Nick Spencer is in!  I’m sure that’s old news to readers who’ve been keeping current on books, but as I’ve mentioned in previous work, I’m behind a little over a year.  I loved Dan Slott’ run on ASM, he was truly a great Spider-Man writer, I have to admit that I was dissapointed when I didn’t see his name on the cover.  That being said, Nick Spencer seems to be living up to the standard that Slott set when it comes to Peter Parker.

Hunted: Epilogue, was the name of this issue and it lived up to that name, it was a definite epilogue in regards to a hunt that Kraven The Hunter had set up in NYC’ Central Park.  I haven’t read those previous issues yet but I fully plan to after having read this book.

The issue opens up with Kraven lying in a coffin in the rain, a couple of black suited men in attendance as a surly grave digger works his profession, there was no dialogue or writing for the first few pages, and it really worked.  I only had a bare-bones understanding of what had happened previously, but these opening panels where pretty powerful. You could really see Kravens son/clone, Arcade, who unknowingly killed Kraven The Hunter, rage and sadness at what had happened due to his own actions. The last panel before the credits page showing Kravens son, crying with tears streaming down his face was very good work.

The rest of the book was wrapping up the previous story arc and dropping clues about what’s to come in Spideys future.  Some notable things that are shown is that the Vulture, who now wears a fish-bowl type helmet (awesome), has reconstituted The Savage Six. Taskmaster has rescued Black Ant.  And Kravens clone/son, Arcade, is now Sergei, The Kraven Hunter. The panels showing the new Hunter donning his fathers old gear like a priest would his vestments was pretty cool.  

The funniest part of the book was in the middle when Black Ant thanks Taskmaster for rescuing him from other villains in Central Park even though he’d been betrayed by Taskmaster. Taskmaster said he had to because Black Ant would have down the same for him.  Black Ant then asks if he ment the betrayal or the rescuing, to which Taskmaster replies, “yeah.” Ha!

My least favorite part of this book, and I mean the only part that could have been better, not that I actively disliked it, was the art. It was professional, clean and well executed, but I just wasn’t a fan of it. Another small gripe about the art is that sometimes female characters faces were just drawn weird, I don’t really know how to describe it better than that.

I’m very glad that Spider-Mans book is still good even with a new writer, though I shouldn’t have worried about it because Nick Spencer is no scrub.

Read it!

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