Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterist: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Release Date: July 6, 2022
Reviewer: Lukke Sweet
The gang war is over. The Rose has been taken out and arrested. The Amazing Spider-Man #5 by Zeb Wells picks up with everyone reeling over Spider-Man’s rampage through the Rose’s headquarters. Digger needs to figure out how to cover for the fact that he wasn’t there to protect The Rose and Peter being tricked and humiliated by Tombstone.
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The Amazing Spider-Man #5 wraps up the first arc of his run of the series. While Tombstone’s story has been entertaining, it hasn’t supplied any answers to the big questions posed in the first issue. Readers still don’t have any idea of why Peter is on everyone’s bad side, what he did to get there, or what’s going on with Mary Jane. Wells does start to reverse some of these dynamics, with the appearance of Black Cat and how Peter has grown over the last five issues, but it’s too much of a slow burn. Too many questions, and not enough answers.
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, and Marcio Menyz have continued to work together well to deliver the art for the series. It’s nice to have a consistent team between issues which doesn’t seem to happen enough these days. Romita’s linework is still stellar on the backgrounds in his panels, but the people throughout the book have a tendency to be wide and blocky. It works for some characters such as Tombstone but doesn’t work at all for someone like Aunt May.
The Amazing Spider-Man #5 is a great conclusion to the Tombstone arc but falls short as a build-up to the 900th issue. With everything being nicely tied up, it feels like there are no stakes going into the anniversary issue.