The Amazing Spider-Man #9
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Humberto Ramos and Michele Bandini
Inks by Victor Olazaba and Michele Bandini
Colors by Edgar Delgado and Erick Arciniega
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Spider-Man is going to have to trust a master thief in order to get back some of the most valuable things in the world.
All over the world, superheroes are finding that the things that they value the most from weapons to trinkets to sidekicks are missing. After confronting Spider-Man with a punch to the face for something that happened during his time apart from himself, Felicia clues Peter in on what is happening to the heroes and who is behind it.
After explaining to Peter about the Thieves Guild and her history with it, she decides to bring him into her plan to infiltrate the Guild and steal back the hero’s things.
At the same time, MJ has lunch with an ex of Peter’s and in the midst of talking about the circumstances that broke them up, Carlie tells Mary Jane about a support group for people close to heroes. MJ is skeptical, but Carlie gives her a flyer and tells her to see for herself. That night, MJ goes to the meeting and finds that a familiar face runs it. A person who has a long history with the superhero world and the scars to prove it.
While MJ decides whether she is going to stay and listen to the group, Spider-Man and Black Cat find a stash of hero gear. At that point, Peter realizes that the quote “no honor among thieves” is taken literally among this group.
Nick Spencer has upped the stakes in this story and created an interesting and dangerous situation for Peter to work his way out of. At the same time, he’s created an equally tense and potentially dangerous situation for Mary Jane right at the point when the two of them are starting to get comfortable being back in each other’s worlds. I am interested to see how Spencer plays on this drama and what stories spin out of it.
Ramos and Bandini do amazing art in this issue and my favorite part of the art were the pages that transition between memory and reality as well as history.