Marvel is breaking out Peter Parker in the wake of Spider-Island, while DC weaves a thick mystery around Dick Grayson. Which issue will win this week, Amazing Spider-Man or Nightwing? Read on and find out!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Amazing Spider-Man #674 (Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Pasqual Ferry)
Nightwing #3 (Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows, Eduardo Pansica, Rod Reis)
Red Book: Amazing Spider-Man #674
With the events of Spider-Island behind him, can Spider-Man readjust to his new status quo? And what does the Vulture have planned?
Dan Slott has been at the helm of Amazing Spider-Man (off and on) for several years now, and some of his stuff has been hit or miss with the fans. For me, though, I'm liking where this new story is going. Slott sets up a new batch of enemies and gets Spidey back to being your "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man".
I enjoy Spider-Man books because they generally have a lot of colors and dynamic action scenes. It doesn't hurt when they have a cartoony vibe as well. I know, "comics technically are cartoons", but it's different when the art actually feels slightly silly and fun. This book uses that angle well here. I feel like I'm watching something that could be on an animated show.
There are some things that won't make much sense to brand new readers. I've been reading off and on for a while and I still don't know who some of these characters are or why we should care about them. Also, am I the only one who finds it annoying when Mary Jane is only in the book to remind us that she and Peter Parker aren't together? I mean, I barely understand that batch of nonsense, but I say either get rid of her or actually do something with her.
There's one panel in particular I found disturbing, just before the Vulture is revealed. I won't tell you what it is, but it'll likely make you a little uncomfortable. In fact, now that I think about it, there's a lot of dark stuff going on in this issue. Several scenes have bodies that are quite visibly dead. I can appreciate dark tones in comics now and then, but I'm not sure I like a "dark and gritty" Spider-Man.
Blue Book: Nightwing #3
Someone is out to kill Dick Grayson. He must now find out who is out to destroy his double life as Nightwing. It could possibly be someone very close to him!
First, the villain introduced in this issue is actually pretty awesome. I hope he makes return appearances. The mystery surrounding Dick Grayson's "hunter" is wound tighter in this issue. Higgins plays up the different tensions of Dick's relationships in this complex tale quite well. He's not sure who can be trusted, and the reader can't really tell who's on whose side either. It's paced well and the story should roll well from this point.
The art in this issue is very well drawn. The style reminds me of Rags Morales' work, but is different enough to stand on its own. There's one sequence with the new bad guy I mentioned earlier that uses a cool color palette, using yellow in a way I hadn't seen before. Plus, it's always cool to watch Nightwing pull some sweet acrobatics.
The accessibility of this series is something I have a bit of a problem with. It gives us a great backstory for Dick Grayson and it mentions his time as Batman in the first issue, but everything else seems like it relies too heavily on flashbacks. I understand that this arc is about Dick sorting out his past from his present and future. I guess it's just something that doesn't jive with me. Also, our resident female character seems like she's only there to be slept with. That's pretty much her whole purpose as I've been able to see it. (Three issues, two sexual interactions. Just saying.)
Well, Saiko looks like Wolverine lost a claw and started wearing some kind of high tech swimsuit. I kind of have to take points off for the cliché use of sepia for a flashback sequence. I'm sorry, but it's overdone. This is more of a personal gripe, but I liked Nightwing's costume better when the emblem was blue. I don't know why they changed it, but it feels like it was unnecessary to do so. The color palette on the whole is something I'm entirely behind. I just noticed how inconsistent Dick's appearance is in relation to how he looks in Batman. Is there some kind of continuity/timeline difference I'm not aware of?
Winner of the Week: Amazing Spider-Man #674!
Running score: Marvel- 3, DC- 3
This was a close one, as both books were pretty evenly matched, but this round goes to Spidey and Marvel. I was looking forward to a jumping on point for him since I knew Spider-Island was going on. I missed the start, but since I knew it was an "event" I figured it was better to wait. Nightwing is a good book and the mystery so far is pretty interesting, so if you want to give it a read by all means. I'm just gonna be doing some webslinging for a while.
Review by: Veggieleezy