Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #298
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Adam Kubert and Juan Frigeri
Colors by Jason Keith
Peter Parker has turned himself in to the police as the manhunt for his missing half-sister Teresa and the stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. data she stole continues. Peter is sitting in an interrogation room. As federal agents with dubious credentials grill him on the location of Spider-Man, Peter holds his resolve until he’s left alone in the room. When Teresa and Jonny Storm appear wearing Ant-Man helmets, the find a way to get him out of the room. Meanwhile, May and Mason are sharing some breakfast when Peter calls him to tell him that he knows who provided the info Teresa is smuggling and it’s someone close to home.
Meanwhile, Shocker stumbles out of a bar and into an alley only to be greeted by J. Jonah Jameson who is after some information about the Tinkerer. After threatening the former Mayor, Jonah shows Shocker that he’s being watched. Peter and Teresa are trying to get out-of-town when a disturbance on the bridge causes Spider-Man and Teresa to confront Vulture and Whiplash who are working on behalf of Tinkerer. As the villains begin to get the upper hand, Peter is saved by an unlikely ally, Black Panther.
As the King of Wakanda and Spider-Man fight off the bad guys, T’Challa makes an enticing offer to Teresa. One that will ensure her protection, but will also draw out every super-villain who owes a favor to Tinkerer.
This story continues to get more intense, but it still remains fun. Zdarsky has written a nice blend of serious subject matter and humor that is entertaining and it balances well. I find myself interested in Black Panther’s motives for helping and I hope that part is done well. Even the side stories are interesting. I sincerely want to see what Jonah’s new arc is now that he knows who Peter is. He seems renewed in a sense and I want to see how they interact with each other in the future. The art is well done. There were some compositional elements that I hoped I would see more of, but everything worked for me overall.
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