The Amazing Spider-Man #73
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ze Carlos, Carlos Gomez and Marcelo Ferriera
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Peter races to confront Kindred and discovers the real truth behind the monster.
In the aftermath of fighting an army of his enemies, a weakened Spider-Man makes his way to where Kindred is holding Mary Jane and follows the demon into the dark until he finds a mirror that transports him across the world. At the same time, Norman continues his reckoning with the AI that taunts him with a revelation that will change his memories of a dark chapter in his path. The program reveals a plan years in the making. A plan designed to attack both Peter and Norman at their most vulnerable.
At the same time, MJ learns the truth about Kindred and how all of her memories of who the creature actually is have been altered. As Kindred’s plan continues to come together, Dr. Strange confronts Mephisto about the part he plays in this endeavor. A part that will bring events back to a seminal moment in Spider-Man’s life.
The Story: For all of the build up, secrets and lies, the reveal of Kindred was underwhelming. The story itself is good and does a great job of going deep into the character’s mythology and history, but I expected more than what was given. There was a great level of terror and tension in the mystery of Kindred and now that I know who the villain truly is, the motivations and plans fall a little flat. I was more interested in the Norman Osborn and Dr. Strange moments of the story and felt they deserved more fleshing out.
The Art: All of the artists deliver some great visual moments filled with detail and vibrancy. A great looking issue.