The Amazing Spider-Man #11
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ryan Ottley
Inks by Cliff Rathburn
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Jameson is going to get the respect he deserves even if it kills him and Spider-Man.
It’s the holiday season and Peter is patrolling the streets trying to bring a little bit of cheer in the form of stopping Hippo from stealing the hottest toy in the world. After dealing with the issue, Peter decides to visit Robbie Robertson for dinner.
At the same time, J Jonah Jameson’s talk radio show is blowing up. He’s getting a lot of attention for his full throated defense of Spider-Man and his former rants against the wall-crawler are bringing in listeners for him to fight with on the air. It’s a pretty fun and funny scene that lays out the worst of who Spidey’s new friend is really like.
When Jameson receives a letter from his old social club saying that he is being honored with a dinner and award from Mayor Fisk, Jameson’s ego jumps at the chance to be recognized by people who shunned him. The only condition that they have is that Spider-Man must be there to introduce him.
Spidey hears about Jonah’s request, but he’s reluctant to leave Robbie while everyone else seems to be abandoning the publisher including his readers and family. Peter finally meets up with Jonah and they discover that this is, of course, a trap laid out to bring one of Jonah’s biggest sins back for some vengeance.
A really good issue that gets to the heart of Jonah as a character through the eyes of the people who have known him the longest. All of his bluster and ego is on display and how that translates into this increasingly strange friendship he has with Spider-Man continues to be entertaining.
Ottley’s art is great in this issue. I like the dramatic renderings of Jonah at the height of his bluster and the more reserved art of Peter spending time with Robbie. The contrast works well with the tone of the story.