Amazing Spider-Man #30
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ryan Ottley
Inks by Cliff Rathburn
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Colors by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: In this Absolute Carnage tie-in, Peter tries to protect the vulnerable from Carnage’s attack while his newest enemy goes to visit his greatest enemy.
Peter has to move fast if he is going to protect the sons of Harry Orborn and Eddie Brock from a rampaging Carnage. What makes this encounter even more dangerous is the fact that this version of Carnage isn’t acting like Cletus Kassidy, it’s behaving like Norman Osborn. To make matters worse, Peter finds himself distracted by memories of his friends and a party for Harry Osborn which will give Carnage the opportunity he needs to take down Spider-Man.
At the same time, the real Norman Osborn is in Ravencroft babbling to himself when a visitor comes to see him. Spider-Man’s newest villain Kindred has decided to pay Norman a visit and recall how scary the man is and how easy it would be to kill him.
The Story: Spencer does a great job of tying into the bigger Absolute Carnage storyline while also keeping a foot firmly in the world for Spider-Man he is creating with the threat of Kindred. While the Carnage chase is compelling, it’s the Kindred moments that grabbed my attention. The entire one sided conversation the villain has with Norman Osborn is chilling and seemingly reveals clues as to who the mystery villain is. There is a history between this character and Osborn and it will be interesting to see how that story evolves.
The Art: Ryan Ottley delivers some amazing art in this issue. The fight between Spider-Man and Carnage is brutal and beautifully done. All of the scenes with Kindred are ominous and bathed in shadow. A great looking book.