The Amazing Spider-Man #51

Marvel Comics

Written by Zeb Wells

Art by Ed McGuinness and Todd Nauck

Inks by Mark Farmer, Todd Nauck, Cliff Rathburn and Wade Von Grawbadger

Colors by Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega and Bryan Valenza

Letters by Joe Caramagna

The Rundown: Osborn sends a new weapon to bring down his former colleagues in the Sinister Six, Spider-Man.

Chasm awakes from a nightmare that is directly tied to the events that happened with Peter. Events that will lead Ben on a dangerous mission. At the same time, Norman Osborn makes a call to Doctor Octopus and the rest of the Sinister Six to warn them that death is coming for them.

That potential death arrives in the form of Spider-Man infused with the soul of the Green Goblin. As the villains find themselves dealing with an enemy more ruthless and cunning than they are used to, Kraven attempts to free Spider-Man again. At the same time, Jameson gets a visit from someone who might hold the key to helping Spider-Man.

The Story: After reading this series for the last few years, I am coming to the realization that turning Spider-Man into some version of Green Goblin is becoming a repetitive and ultimately uninteresting theme that Wells can’t seem to escape from. It’s ground that has been trod before less than two years ago and it wasn’t compelling then either. I try not to be overly negative because there are things that I like about this series and everything that teased the return of the Sinister Six is great, but this need to entangle Peter and Osborn along with this mess of a Ben Reilly/Chasm storyline is hurting the story and turning me away from the series.

The Art: McGuinness and Nauck are the saving grace of this issue as their art is the only thing that I really enjoyed about it. The visuals were vibrant, engaging and thrilling.

The Amazing Spider-Man #51



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