The Amazing Spider-Man #801
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Marcos Martin
Colors by Munsta Vicente
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Three weeks after the tragic events that shaped the future of Spider-Man, a man receives a phone call and immediately has to leave. In the midst of trying to get a pack of smokes, he stumbles upon a robbery in progress and is about to become another victim when Spider-Man bursts onto the scene to stop it.
What’s interesting about this story already is that this is an unseasoned wall-crawler who smashes through the front window and has almost little to no regard for the damage he’s causing. It’s a raw, emotional scene in this issue and it’s a nice throwback to classic Spider-man stories both in tone and look. Martin does a great job crafting the look of this issue to feel almost like a classic issue from the past.
What also works is that this issue isn’t about Spider-Man. It’s about a citizen who has a run in with the wall-crawler amidst what he considers the worst night of his life and everything seems to be keeping him from where he needs to be. Having to give a statement to the police doesn’t help matters and he finally arrives where he needs to be just in time to experience a profound moment in his life. Something that does have some emotional weight, even though it isn’t specifically about a character that we know. It’s a snapshot of a man’s life as a chance encounter leads him to make a choice in the future when presented another encounter with Spider-Man.
It’s a pretty relevant moment that harkens back to the legacy of the character of Spider-Man. It almost brings full circle one of the events that put Peter on the path to being a hero and how his impact on others effects the rest of the world. It’s actually a pretty sweet moment that ends the issue with a rare hopeful moment.