Review: Amazing Spider-Man #8 – Ms. Adventures
Spider-Man is the perfect partner to team Ms. Marvel with. Right now her personal arc is as close to the original dynamic of Peter Parker as we can get in mainstream comics – that awkward nerdy teenager feeling bound by responsibility and the willingness to do good while struggling to balance home life, school life, a social life and on top of all of it, being a super-hero. Amazing Spider-Man #8 takes those similarities and makes a fun at times touching team-up dynamic out of it.
In the last issue of Amazing Spider-Man the Kree, Dr. Minerva was built up as a credible threat with the stakes being doubled by her robbery of an unhatched Inhuman pod. Unfortunately this issue isn’t able to fully follow up the strong build up and passes off the tension; Minerva being dealt with fairly easily and the Inhuman pod – although being resolved – not amounting to anything much.
The ride along the way is very fun though. Kamala compliments Spider-Man’s one-liners with her own geeking out over the situation itself. It puts the book in the unique position of being able to make gags and meta observations about itself within its own cannon without going so far as to break the fourth wall like Deadpool so often does.
Spider-Man rouses Kamala’s confidence by using a slingshot special (something he has done with Carol Danvers in the past). It’s a nice moment that plays to the personalities of both characters. As they eventually part ways Spider-Man shares some words with Kamala that serve to inspire her and work as effectively touching when read.
One thing that does come out of the conflict in the issue is the hiring of a new staff member to Parker Industries (one that readers of the recent ‘Learning To Crawl’ mini-series will recognise) who will surely be a player in the future.
Artist Guiseppe Camuncoli’s Spider-Man is slick and dangerous while his interpretation of Ms. Marvel is a bit more of a mixed bag. While her embiggening powers are drawn brilliantly with lots of variety and depth in her stretched body parts, her face at times looks crazed and inhuman (no pun intended). There’s a good deal of variety and detail in the scenery and particularly on the Inhuman incubation pod. With the colours by Antonio Fabela included the book is very vibrant. It’s a good look for the main ongoing Spider-Man title.
Elsewhere in the issue, Cindy Moon’s new life leads to her acquiring a new suit for when she is heroing as Silk. The design is considerably more practical than her debut look and balances the tone between her being a hero and the signs of her having a rebellious side to her character.
Rounding off the issue is a brief Spider-Verse prelude featuring Mayday Parker being recruited into the oncoming event. Written by Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos the six page story sees Mayday’s life all but destroyed by Daemos Son of Solus. It’s more of an interlude than a full narrative but provides some context to Mayday’s motivations heading into the event.
Given that Amazing Spider-Man #8 is the final prelude before Spider-Verse it could have probably done more to draw in readers and outline the stakes. The main story does end up feeling a little like it is filling space before the big event. For what it is though, each of the stories works as a fun, readable adventure in their own right, with just enough in plot developments in the main story to make the book seem significant.