The Amazing Spider-Man #56
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Mark Bagley
Inks by Andrew Hennessy and John Dell
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg and Edgar Delgado
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Norman Osborn teams up with the Kingpin for control of Kindred and his powers.
The battle with Kindred is over and the demon is under the control of both Norman Osborn and Kingpin. Norman convinced Fisk to use powers he’s been working on for years to unleash a trap on Kindred using Mary Jane and the battle with Spider-Man as a distraction. With Harry trapped, Norman dismisses everyone and attempts to reach his son as the events that led to his capture unfold.
As Norman appeals to his son, the events the sins that were released by the Sin Eater are returned to their owners and though many return to their natures, one attempts to make a new start with someone special. Someone that might have a more positive influence on his life. At the same time, a familiar face returns seeking help from Aunt May and the fate of Spider-Man is revealed.
The Story: After the climax of the last issue, Spencer left a lot of question that needed to be answered. This issue does a good job of that by focusing on the dynamic between Norman and Harry. The story is well done and the dialogue is great. Norman’s attempts to connect with Harry are filled with drama and they are deftly intercut with the aftermath of Fisk’s attack and what happened to Peter and his allies. A really good issue with a great cliffhanger ending.
The Art: Bagley delivers some great art in this issue. Most of the story takes place in one location, but the Bagley still manages to bring drama and detail to the panels.