The Amazing Spider-Man #85
Written by Cody Zigler
Art by Paco Medina
Inks by Walden Wong, Wayne Faucher, Paco Medina, Andrew Hennessy, Victor Olazaba and Roberto Poggi
Colors by Espen Grundetjern
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Doc Ock attacks Beyond HQ and Ben learns some harsh truth about the people he works for.
Doctor Octopus has decided to take his grievances directly to the Beyond Corporation and its CEO, Maxine Danger. After confirming Beyond’s connection to Parker Industries, Octavius decides that it is time that he get back the things that were taken from him. As he finds himself facing off against Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, Ben races back to HQ to help.
The building goes on lockdown after Doc Ock starts making his way to Maxine’s office. After confronting her, he discovers that she is not the easy mark he took her for. As Ben arrives to take on Ock, he shows the scientist that he didn’t come unprepared for their next encounter. Unfortunately, Otto is prepared with something Ben isn’t expecting, the truth of why Beyond chose him.
The Story: I love that this story is starting to get some teeth. I’ve enjoyed the storyline so far, but this issue has really solidified the tension and drama that is at the heart of Ben’s journey. Zigler nails the tone of the story and Ben’s reaction perfectly while also giving some fun and entertaining moments throughout.
The Art: Medina delivers some beautiful, vibrant art in this issue. The visuals are amazing and perfectly capture the tone of the story and its emotions.