The Amazing Spider-Man #25 (Marvel Comics)
Now that Clone Conspiracy has wrapped up, you’d probably think that Dan Slott would want to let Peter Parker take a little breather. Well, you’re wrong, as Amazing Spider-Man #25 features not only the start of a new, Norman Osborn-focused story line, but also features Stuart Immonen on art duties. Knowing that Immonen and Osborn is a big draw, the House of Ideas has decided to make this issue double sized, and cost you TEN BUCKS. But even with all of the extra bonus stories tacked on, is this new issue of Spidey worth the cash?
Surprisingly, yes. While a $10 price tag is nothing to take lightly, the main story here is full of a ton of awesome moments. After learning that Norman Osborn is back and operating in South America, Spider-Man and Mockingbird decide to take him down. However, Osborn has become harder to pin down, thanks to experimental plastic surgery that allows him to change his appearance at any moment, and use different decoys around the world. When the South American gang lord ends up being one of the decoys, Spidey and Mockingbird head to China to follow another Osborn lead.
Espionage is a surprisingly good fit for Spider-Man, and while I haven’t been the biggest fan of this new “Tony Stark” take on Spider-Man, it really works with this issue. Dan Slott keeps the action and momentum going from page one, and the use of Osborn and his decoys is really interesting. Not only that, but the pairing of Spidey and Mockingbird is really entertaining, and Slott playing up the idea of a possible Spidey/Mockingbird romance is something that I really hope plays out in future issues.
Much has been made about Stuart Immonen’s arrival on this title, and it definitely lives up to the hype. Immonen’s long been a favorite of mine, and seeing his art style on Spider-Man, especially in one with this much action, is really awesome. While some of his pages look a little rushed at times, the action sequences are so well done that it doesn’t even matter.
There’s a ton of extra back up stories in Amazing Spider-Man #25, and all of them are pretty skippable, except for one. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice to say I am VERY interested in where this revelation will go, and how it will impact Spidey and his core group of characters once this storyline wraps up (and how it will play into Secret Empire as well). While dropping a Hamilton on one single comic is a pretty tough pill to swallow, if you’re a big Spidey fan, it’s worth it.