Review: Amazing Spider-Man #3 – Black Cat Attack!
Amazing Spider-Man continues to deal with the consequences of Superior Spider-Man and Doc Ock’s time in the mind of Peter Parker and they continue to be the driving force of Peter Parker’s narrative as we move into issue three of Dan Slott’s return to The Amazing Spider-Man.
The issue starts up with an update on Silk to remind us of her role in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man Original Sin tie-in. The spot adds a little more information about her situation, and drops the reason for why we haven’t heard of her until now. It feels a little obligatory, and that is a tone that follows through from that moment and persists throughout this issue. The main story we get is Peter deciding to take his employees at Parker industries out for a field trip so they do some on site testing tracing Electro’s power signature. It’s all part of Peter’s new initiative to use Doc Ock’s legacy to do some good, and of course once there things go wrong and Spider-Man is needed to do some heroing. Of note perhaps is Anna Maria who has a small moment where she makes a decision that will likely have repercussions further into the run.
One problem I had with the issue is that I feel like a lot of it was split between reminding us who Peter Parker is despite how oversaturated Spider-Man is (everyone knows who Peter Parker is), and also dealing with the fallout of Doc Ock’s mind swap. Ock did cause a lot of damage to the life of Peter Parker so I am happy to read the fallout, but mainly within his personal relationships. I’ve found it odd that Slott has brushed aside dealing with the Avengers or Aunt May relatively quickly when so much more could have been done with it. Instead then, Amazing Spider-Man #3 gives the majority of its focus over to Black Cat, a character who herself was largely marginalised within the pages of the Superior series.
Their confrontation is entertaining for what it is but I found it stretched my willingness to suspend disbelief at moments. Peter’s solution to dealing with Felicia is amusing and leads to Spider-Man openly verbalising an issue a lot of people had with the Superior series that made me chuckle. The downside is that despite this nothing much really happens.
The art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba and Edgar Delgado is expressive and pops from panel to panel. The colours are vivid. The overtly cartoonish style limits what is needed to create truly great Spider-Man drama though. While the art truly comes alive in humorous moments when J. Jonah Jameson is ranting or when Peter is failing spectacularly to be cool to his employees, the dramatic and action beats within the story have the same air of cartoonish-ness about them and lose out for it.
The ending of Amazing Spider-Man #3 ties some separately drawn threats to Spider-Man together and escalates their severity. I won’t go into details because of spoilers but will suffice to say that the development to me echoed an aspect of the movie Amazing Spider-Man 2’s plot. Given how film has been received I can’t see how this story is justified, especially as a choice over other potential stories left available from Superior. It bodes well for the action we will see in the future but leaves this issue significant only in that it plants seeds for later on in the series.
With the conclusion of Superior Spider-Man I felt that Dan Slott had worked himself to the point where he could have proverbially dropped the mic on his Spider-Man run and been proud with what he had achieved. With every new issue so far since Amazing Spider-Man’s return I have become only more inclined to agree that would have been the best. While in no way a bad comic, the latest volume of Amazing Spider-Man has been and continues to be fun but non-essential reading.