The Amazing Spider-Man #17
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Ed McGuiness
Inks by Cliff Rathburn
Colors by Marcio Menyz
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Peter works on a way to escape Limbo while Ben continues to torture him and his friends.
Peter finds himself forced to got to work at the demonic representation of the Daily Bugle while he, Jonah and Robbie are still trapped in Limbo. Fortunately, he still has his powers and his ability to do what’s right. Something that oddly inspires one of the demons he finds himself helping. At the same time, Ben continues to tell Peter that he will let him and the others go if he eats the fruit that will allow Ben to steal his soul.
As the little demon finds himself getting some unexpected powers of his own, Peter works on a plan and a new suit. After tricking the demons into a possible escape, Peter finds himself facing something more dangerous, a demon team with the powers of the Sinister Six.
The Story. There are some fun and funny moments throughout this issue. Unfortunately, those moments seem to be used as a way to cover up the fact that this story is going on too long. Nothing in this arc justifies how long it’s being dragged out from a narrative standpoint and it runs the very high risk of seemingly going nowhere fast. Ben’s story has some compelling and emotional resonance, but it’s all missing in this arc by turning him into the villain of it. Getting his memories back has become less a motivation and more the tantrum of a whining child.
The Art: McGuiness does great work with the art in the issue. The visuals are vibrant, funny and beautifully detailed.