Writer: Zeb Wells
Penciler: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Release Date: August 24, 2022
Goblin Glider to the rescue?! Well kind of… Spider-Man does get to upgrade his gear in The Amazing Spider-Man #8 by Zeb Wells, but it’s after he falls to the ground following his altercation with The Vulture last issue. This issue continues that fight throughout most of its pages before Peter and Norman finally finish talking about Peter’s employment.
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The Amazing Spider-Man #8 picks up right where the last issue ended, with Peter Parker plummeting toward the earth, only to be saved by his quick thinking in the final moments before he hits the ground. From there, Vulture doesn’t pull any punches, truly trying to kill Spider-Man after he revealed the truth of Vulture’s past to his granddaughter. Caught in a tight spot, Peter turns to the only person left to give him help, Norman Osborn.
Wells continues to set up his second arc with this issue and readers still haven’t received many answers to the overarching story of what happened prior to the first issue. Luckily, it seems that the second arc will have a large focus on Peter and Norman’s relationship, which played a big part in whatever went down and will hopefully provide some satisfying answers after such a long wait. As far as the story contained within The Amazing Spider-Man #8, it’s a great fight scene between Spidey and Vulture, but serves only to get Peter into place with his new Spider gear and push the focus onto Oscorp.
The Amazing Spider-Man #8 might just be John Romita Jr.’s best work on this run of Spider-Man so far. While his faces are still awkward, that doesn’t matter much when the majority of the issue is a masked Spidey in a fight. He really shows his skill at making his art feel dynamic and alive as our hero and Vulture go toe-to-toe for 16 pages. And even in the pages where our hero is unmasked, it looks as though Romita Jr.’s skills have improved with the proportions of each character. Add in the inks by Scott Hanna and each panel is granted an amazing depth, especially panels featuring Peter’s webbing.
The final piece of the art team, Marcio Menyz, rounds out the issue beautifully. The colors are spot on throughout this sunset fight. As the book goes on, Menyz manages to make it feel as though twilight has truly fallen.
An okay issue that serves to get Peter into place for the next arc as he upgrades his gear with some help from Norman Osborn. There’s definitely no way this could go wrong, right?