The Amazing Spider-Man #19.HU
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Chris Bachalo
Inks by Wayne Faucher, Livesay, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Tim Townsend and Al Vey
Colors by Erick Arciniega
Letters by Joe Caramagna
While Spidey and the animal based villains run for their lives in Kraven’s game reserve, Curt Connors has decides that he can no longer wait for news about his son Billy. He’s going to find Billy himself and in order to do that, he has to track down one of the men responsible for kidnapping the boy in the first place.
Getting the scent of Taskmaster, he tracks the merc to a bar for supervillains. Unfortunately, it’s become little more than a pop-up, but Taskmaster decides to drown his sorrows in a beer. In a clever show of strategy, Connors poisons the drink and Taskmaster joins him on the hunt for Billy in order to secure the antidote. Their next move to get inside the dome will have the pair tracking down and capturing Vermin. A task easier said than done.
Nick Spencer does a smart thing by having this issue focus on Curt Connors. Narrowing the focus after the last issue is effective in grounding the story and making it about the characters rather than the story arc. Lizard becomes more sympathetic in this storyline, but Spencer does a great job of reminding the reader that Curt’s Lizard state is more dangerous than people think and he is tortured by his remembrance of things he did as the Lizard. Teaming him with Taskmaster was a great idea as well and the Indiana Jones callback was brilliant.
Chris Bachalo delivers amazing art in this issue. All of the visuals look great and his rendition of Lizard is one of my favorites because it is more animal than man.