The Amazing Spider-Man #24
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ryan Ottley
Inks by Mark Morales and Cliff Rathburn
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Peter is doing everything he can to spend time with Mary Jane while the demon dogging Peter’s dreams finally gets a name.
Peter Parker is dealing with the aftermath of the Central Park incident by spending as much time with the woman he loves as he can. After being shown a nightmare vision of MJ dying, Peter is determined to protect her, but he still doesn’t know from what.
At the same time, Quentin Beck aka Mysterio is dealing with the some issues of his own stemming from his resurrection and incarceration at Ravencroft. When his doctor pushes Beck to go deeper and reveal more about himself, Mysterio gets defensive. When the doctor continues to push and pry for the information about the demon who is scaring the supervillain so deeply, the creature himself emerges.
The Story: Nick Spencer reveals in this issue that there will be no rest for the wall-crawler as one arc closes and another begins. One that looks like it is going to be deeply personal for Peter Parker especially. Spencer does a great job with the pacing of this issue. It starts with a slow build that gets increasingly tense over time for both Spider-Man and Mysterio until their stories converge at the end. The new villain stalking Peter has a menacing familiarity that I can’t wait to see explored.
The Art: Ryan Ottley does some great work with the art in this issue. There isn’t a lot of action in this issue, but Ottley finds the tension in the story and reflects that in the art.