The Amazing Spider-Man #797
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Stuart Immonen
Inks by Wade von Grawbadger
Colors by Marte Garcia
It’s appropriate that this issue is called “Loose Thread” because so many of the characters in this issue seem to be looking for something that they’ve lost. Something that will give them a sense of completion and closure.
Norman Osborn is holding someone hostage. After merging with the Carnage symbiote, it will be interesting to see which personality takes over and it looks like Norman is in complete control, for now. Whoever Norman has captive in possession of information that Osborn needs. Information that he will torture and kill to obtain. Information about Spider-Man.
A few hours previous we see Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson reliving some old times in her apartment when she comes to the realization that she doesn’t want to go down this road again with him. It’s a bittersweet moment between the two of them that just makes me a little angrier at the “Brand New Day” storyline that caused this. Unbeknownst to them both, someone in watching them from the shadows. The next day, Spider-Man goes back into his new routine while the regrets of the previous evening still linger.
At the office, Peter overhears a conversation that sets him on a path to help someone in need. As he tries to get back to his job, he gets a phone call from another complication in his new life, J Jonah Jameson. Meanwhile, Osborn confronts Goblin King and learns some valuable information. In fact, the confrontation leads him to find the missing piece that he’s been looking for and everyone is going to suffer because of it.
The stakes are getting higher for everyone involved and I love the fact that these recent stories are keeping to a narrative steeped in what has always made Spider-Man a great book. All of the characters stand out in this issue and everyone is given some great moments that remind you why these characters are a part of Peter Parker’s world. Even the new complications in Peter’s life add depth without fundamentally changing the essence of the character. I thought this issue was brilliant on many levels, especially in how it builds tension to the reveal at the end and how the art is top-notch frame after frame.