The Amazing Spider-Man #26
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by John Romita Jr
Inks by Scott Hanna
Colors by Marcio Menyz and Erick Arciniega
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Spider-Man and Mary Jane confront Rabin on their Earth and deal with some devastating consequences.
Rabin returns to fulfill his mission to kill Mary Jane and Peter finds himself defending her, but not alone. After Rabin unleashes monsters on the world, Spider-Man gets some help in the fight from Ms. Marvel, Norman Osborn and the Fantastic Four. At the same time, Paul discovers the devastating truth about the children he and Mary Jane have been raising.
As the battle rages throughout the city and the FF take on the giant creatures trying to destroy everything, Peter and MJ are separated. An act that will lead to victory, but with a devastating cost.
The Story: Wells crafts a story that lays out exactly how I thought it would given the stakes and the characters, but it feels off. Kamala’s relationship with Peter and the other heroes in this issue are nowhere near as close to the ones she has with Miles or other heroes she’s teamed up with so the “shocking” moment in the issue doesn’t have the kind of emotional weight I think Wells is going for. Everything else was relatively predictable, but the action was good.
The Art: John Romita Jr delivers some beautifully detailed and dramatic art that perfectly captures the dark tone of the story.