The Amazing Spider-Man #6
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Humberto Ramos
Inks by Victor Olazaba
Colors by Edgar Delgado
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Taskmaster and Black Ant continue their snatch and grab missions for Kraven the Hunter and they seem to be having fun at it. Something that is reflected in some pretty fun banter between the two of them as they take down and capture Vulture. At the same time, Peter and Mary Jane are enjoying some time together until they are interrupted by Peter’s roommate Fred Myers aka Boomerang. After a quick recap of the events that led the two of them to rent rooms in the same apartment, the two invariably become connected by circumstance.
With Peter continuing to be suspicious of his new roommate since the museum robbery that netted him an item that Kingpin is desperate to retrieve, Fred decides to take Peter out with him after they have a conversation about Spider-Man. Where he takes him and for what is a pretty clever and funny idea. It definitely showcases a slice of life of the super powered set in New York that you don’t often see and it actually gives Peter the opportunity to let loose, even though where he is should have him immediately on his guard.
I like the comedic beats that Spencer is showcasing in this issue. There are a lot of funny moments and some great character interactions in the dialogue. Showing another side to the life of Boomerang actually allows the character to grow somewhat. A move that will only increase the drama and tension between Boomerang and Spider-Man when the two of them finally come to blows. There are relatively low stakes in this issue and not a lot of action, but the character driven elements of this issue actually make it worth reading along with the humor.
Ramos’ art is great. It’s very subtle at moments and adds to the charm of this particular issue. The lack of big action beats lets the artist concentrate more on the characters and there are some great facial details in this issue.