The Amazing Spider-Man #18
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ken Lashley
Colors by Erick Arciniega
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Gibbon is one of the hunted and his story is about to take a dark turn as Kraven’s forces move in.
His story doesn’t start in a domed Central Park crawling with hunters and other animal themed heroes and villains. His story begins when he was a kid being bullied because he looks different. He’s always been different and that isolated him from everyone. He only felt comfortable in the trees or rooftops. As he got older, the laughter and taunting or others further isolated him until he saw someone he thought he could connect with, Spider-Man.
When Spidey laughed at his proposal to be partners, Gibbon lost it and attacked him starting his journey towards villainy.
In the present, the hunters continue to track him down and he is injured multiple times including being stabbed with a spear and shot several times. The desire to live keeps him moving forward, but his injuries guarantee that he’s not getting too far. Battered, beaten and broken, he finds a temporary reprieve but Spider-Man’s arrival might be too little too late.
As exciting as the premise of this story arc is, Nick Spencer does a great job of showcasing the human cost of this story. Centering the story on Gibbon gives the audience someone to take a journey with outside of Spider-Man and also gives Peter a harsh lesson in just how brutal and dangerous this hunt will be for everyone trapped in the park. The contrast between Gibbon’s life and his fight for survival are actually compelling.
Ken Lashley does a great job with the art in this issue. Both the past and the present look amazing with great character designs and details.