Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Juann Cabal
Colors by Nolan Woodward
Letters by Travis Lanham
Peter discovers that he is not the only super powered individual in his friendly neighborhood.
Spider-Man has a couple of problems on his hands. The neighbor he was trying to help and protect is missing. Her two orange children are hiding in his bedroom and he can’t escape with them as Spider-Man because his roommate is a supervillain. So what does a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man do? He calls for help.
Unfortunately, asking for discreet help from Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch is a problem in itself when he comes tearing through the sky on fire and headed to Peter’s apartment. Spider-Man needs to act fast to get Storm in to watch the kids while he sneaks away to find out who took his neighbor and why.
His quest will put him in the path of a new enemy, a new ally and someone close to him harboring an interesting secret.
Tom Taylor keeps this story interesting by grounding it. As big as the action and background story is getting, it still feels small and intimate because of the small cast of characters Taylor is utilizing. I admire the attempt to keep the story local and it is paying off in moments like the introduction of Detective Sebbens and her connection to Spider-Man. That moment is sweet and stays true to the tone this series is trying to create.
That tone can also be felt in the art from Juann Cabal. He matches the tone of the art to the bright, vibrant daylight action this series is doing. You get to admire the character and background details throughout the issue and the story is enhanced with some fun visuals.